Police Continuing to Monitor the Situation
Two separate rallies were held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park today in Berkeley, California â€“ one in support of Donald Trump and the other in opposition of the president. Despite a makeshift barrier between the two events, violence soon erupted.
As NBCâ€™s Bay Area affiliate reported, the Berkeley police released in a statement that â€œthere continues to be a number of large fights, some property damage and numerous projectiles being thrown, including fireworks.â€
Though they further reported that prior to the events, city leaders â€œbanned pipes, bats, bricks, rocks, glass bottles, shields, pepper spray, sticks and other potentially dangerous items,â€ many of these items have been confiscated by police following the violence in the park â€“ including a knife, stun gun, flagpoles and â€œother contraband.â€
Fifteen people have been arrested according to the San Francisco ABC affiliate, and police continue to monitor the situation. Berkeley police have asked that anyone with photos or videos of the clash share them with police at policecityofberkeley.info or http://bit.ly/berkvideo.
Video and live accounts of the clash from Twitter can be seen below, but NCRM cautions that some readers may find some content disturbing:
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MAGA Crowd at CPAC Rewards Josh Hawley With a Standing Ovation for Voting to Overturn a Free and Fair Election
Conservatives continue to reward Republicans who fought to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) was one of the most prominent proponents of the “Big Lie” that Donald Trump actually won the presidential election. Hawley refused to accept the outcome of the election even after the Electoral College voted to confirm Joe Biden’s victory in December.
Hawley continued his efforts to overturn the election even after the fatal January. 6th insurrection by supporters of Trump who believed Hawley’s misinformation.
While the senator has been harshly criticized in Missouri, he was cheered on Friday when he bragged about siding with the insurrectionists while speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando.
Many in the crowed even gave him a standing ovation.
Hawley gets a standing ovation after he brings up his January 6 vote to overthrow a free and fair election and Joe Biden won pic.twitter.com/55rsSGBZNs
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 26, 2021
GOP Lawmakers Lie to Skip House Votes – So They Can Attend Conservative Conference in Orlando
Four of the Republican Party’s most extreme House lawmakers have submitted signed letters claiming they must vote by proxy due to the ongoing health crisis, the coronavirus pandemic. But as CNN’s Manu Raju reports, all four are in sunny Florida attending or even speaking at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference.
“Several Republicans in the House have skipped Friday’s votes and enlisted their colleagues to vote on their behalf, signing letters saying they couldn’t attend ‘due to the ongoing public health emergency.’ But those members are scheduled to be at CPAC,” Raju reports.
“The members include Rep. Matt Gaetz,” Raju adds, “as well as some of Trump’s staunchest defenders who are listed as speakers, like Reps. Paul Gosar of Arizona, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina and Ted Budd of North Carolina.”
The letters say: “I am unable to physically attend proceedings in the House Chamber due to the ongoing public health emergency.”
The House has had several votes on Friday and is scheduled to take up the $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill in the evening
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 26, 2021
Here’s Rep. Matt Gaetz on Thursday at CPAC, apparently unconcerned about the coronavirus as he walks maskless in the halls laughing with supporters:
Rep. Matt Gaetz taking pictures with fans pic.twitter.com/jBQ0DSYOQe
— William Turton (@WilliamTurton) February 26, 2021
Republicans were initially vehemently opposed to voting by proxy when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi approved it. But now they are abusing the procedure, and apparently lying to invoke it.
Cruz Flayed for Mocking AOC for Fearing for Her Life – After She Raised $5 Million for Texas Storm Victims
During his speech he once again appeared to try to incite an insurrection, attacked President Joe Biden, screamed for over a minute, closed his speech by yelling at the top of his lungs, “Freedom!” and mocked U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) who raised over $5 million for Texas storm victims – Cruz’s constituents who literally struggled to stay alive in sub-freezing temperates for days without power or water while he vacationed in Cancun.
Cruz name-checked William Wallace, who was portrayed by Mel Gibson in the film “Braveheart.” Wallace was a leader in the First War of Scottish Independence, and was put to death for treason. Gibson’s character been described as a “nationalist guerrilla leader” in the film, so it’s unclear why Cruz would be promoting him, given America faced an attempted coup last month.
“There is a natural pendulum to politics and the country will come back to sanity and mark my words, 2022 is going to be a fantastic election year, and so is 2024, as we stand together and defend liberty, defend the Constitution, defend the Bill of Rights of every American. In the immortal words of William Wallace, ‘Freedom!’” Cruz screamed.
But before he got to that point, Cruz mocked Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez.
Republican Tim Miller, who worked with Republicans Voting Against Trump and appears frequently on MSNBC, put it this way:
First CPAC mention of the domestic terrorist attack on the capitol comes from Ted Cruz.
He makes fun of AOC for being scared.
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) February 26, 2021
CNN’s Jake Tapper weighed in:
“AOC is telling us she was murdered,” Cruz “jokes” to the CPAC crowd
This was 3 days after saying people shouldn’t “be assholes” (a reference to alleged friends sharing texts w reporters about Cruz family going to Cancun during the deadly storm in Texas)….
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 26, 2021
Democrats “control the White House,” and “they control every executive branch, where they control both houses of Congress,” Cruz screeched. “Bernie is wearing mittens. AOC is telling us she was ‘murdered,'” he says, mocking her for accusing him of almost having her murdered because he helped to incite the insurrection.
“And the media, desperately, desperately, desperately wants to see a republican Civil War. Liberty is under assault and what are we gonna do? I’ll tell you. We will fight. Liberty,” he says, once again appearing to push for insurrection.
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 26, 2021
Here’s how people are responding:
NARRATOR: “@AOC raised over $5,000,000 to help the people in @tedcruz‘s state without power, food, and/or water, the same people Ted Cruz had blithely abandoned to lollygag by the pool at a foreign, luxury resort.” #BadStandupRoutines https://t.co/Wyahstsi9U
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) February 26, 2021
AOC raised $5M for Texas winter storm relief. She is a congresswoman from New York. Cruz left town. He should keep his pie hole closed. https://t.co/keOwfp46UA
— Lloyd Andrews (@Thunderballs2) February 26, 2021
Cruz…You find what you said about AOC and Bernie funny?. You a low down, dirty, nasty, foul, and vile. It is people like you who should be put out of office. That is the White Supremacy in you. Dont worry, Democrats will continue to prevail before and after you.
— Kenneth Stanback (@StanbackKenneth) February 26, 2021
Honestly, no one listens to Ted Cruz. He has zero integrity, so we just consider the source. AOC has my thanks.
— Lyn Rising 🌊💙🖤🌊 (@LynStrange) February 26, 2021
Cruz hides his failure as a human by making fun or insulting others. Bottom line: he left the people of Texas to freeze and AOC raised millions to help them.
— Esther Fusco (@fusco_esther) February 26, 2021
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