About Those ‘Peaceful’ Protests: Michelle Obama and the Devious Left
On October 7 Michelle Obama released a video statement which was pitched as her “closing message to Americans” before the upcoming November election. One of the subjects she discussed were the so-called protests which have been pummeling this country for more than four months now. Amazingly, Michelle Obama described these protests as “an overwhelmingly peaceful movement for racial solidarity.”
Looking straight into the camera, the former first lady claims:
“It’s true! Research backs it up: only a tiny fraction of the demonstrations have had any violence at all.”
Michelle Obama’s statement constitutes a complete denial of reality. The riots she describes as “overwhelmingly peaceful” have been anything but. Here are some facts: Thousands upon thousands of businesses have been destroyed and dozens of inner cities turned into virtual war zones. Anarchy prevailed in a number of places across the land. In Minnesota alone three hundred and sixty businesses were wrecked in the first week of the riots. By the end of the second week, the damage across the United States would reach nearly two billion dollars, dwarfing the previous record set by the Los Angeles riots in 1994 ($1.42 billion in 2020 dollars). The destruction has been so extensive and widespread that the insurance industry has declared it a “property catastrophe” in multiple states.
Violence erupted in most urban areas in the United States and in nearly every large city. According to a Princeton University study, riots took place in forty eight out of the fifty largest US cities. In an effort to counter lawlessness, more than thirty states had to activate the national guard. More than 200 cities had to impose curfews to curb the spreading violence. There have been over fifteen thousand arrests, but this number comprises only a tiny fraction of the vandals, looters and beaters who have been terrorizing our communities. The vast majority of these delinquents will never be apprehended or persecuted for their crimes.
The reality is that the George Floyd riots have led to the most costly and destructive civil unrest in US history. In fact, our country has not seen this level of violence and devastation since the days of the Civil War.
“Overwhelmingly” peaceful protestors in action
Below we present some news items to give you a flavor of this “overwhelmingly peaceful movement.”
From Daily Mail:
“Widespread vandalism and looting during BLM protests will cost the insurance $2 billion after violence erupted in 140 cities in the wake of George Floyd’s death”
From Fox Business News:
“The damage from unrest between May 26 and June 8 will be the most expensive in the nation’s history, surmounting the Rodney King riots of 1992 in Los Angeles. The price tag could be as much as $2 billion and possibly more, according to Triple I. But the protests related to Floyd differ from others the database has tracked – never before have they been so widespread. ‘It’s not just happening in one city or state – it’s all over the country,’ Loretta L. Worters of the Triple-I told Axios. ‘And this is still happening, so the losses could be significantly more.’”
“If you add up the insurance cost in 2020 dollars for all six major American riots during the turbulent 1960s, the total is a little shy of $1.2 billion — which means the terrorists in Antifa and Black Lives Matter caused more mayhem and property damage in a little over a week than this country saw throughout all of the 1960s.”
From Minneapolis Star Tribune:
“More than 500 shops and restaurants in Minneapolis and St. Paul have reported damage when protests on five nights turned violent over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Dozens of properties burned to the ground. Owners and insurance experts estimate the costs of the damage could exceed $500 million.”
“At least 200 cities in the U.S. had imposed curfews by early June, while more than 30 states and Washington, D.C. activated over 62,000 National Guard personnel due to the mass unrest. By the end of June, at least 14,000 people had been arrested.”
From the Claims Journal:
“The civil disturbance that started in Minneapolis after the killing by police of George Floyd spread to 20 other states — an unprecedented property insurance catastrophe that will likely impact policy renewals and could even persuade some insurers to exclude coverage for damage caused by riots, executives for Verisk’s Property Claim Services said. ‘In the U.S., there has been no precedent for a riot catastrophe like this,’ Tom Johansmeyer, head of PCS,
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