Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Oh, is this one on? Yes. Mr. Speaker, I’d like to address the two-track justice system here in the united states. If you’re part of the democrat-sponsored democrat terrorist organization B.L.M. and antifa, you can burn down American cities for an entire year, get bailed out of jail, and face no investigation or commission from congress.
Meanwhile, if you’re a Trump supporter who happened to be at the Capitol on January 6, you face exorbitant bail, solitary confinement, abusive jail guards, and no due process. This is an outrage. Just today, just this week, congress told all of the American citizens that congress cares more about congress than the American people.
After all, we have witnessed American cities all over our country be victims to violent riots by domestic terrorists all over this country. The people have endured this. Businesses have been destroyed. Violence has happened. Police officers night after night have been abused, have had to endure these violent riots, attacks on and on.
But yet, this institution has been focused on itself and focused on investigating January 6, even though there are many investigations already happening here through the senate and the house committees. There have already been over 445 people arrested from January 6. There are also more than 100 to be arrested soon. There is justice happening for the riot here at the capitol on january 6.
Republicans and Democrats together are against the violence and the riot that happened here in the capitol on January 6. But the problem lies with this — republicans and democrats are not together on the violence that’s happened to the people all over this country throughout the past year.
And that’s why congress is only concerned with itself and not about the American people. Rioters did a horrific and jaw-dropping amount of damage to cities across America. During 2020, there was up to $2 billion in damage due to the riots that swept the nation. The most expensive in insurance history.
By the way, that’s not a $2 billion bailout fund coming from the government. That’s not a taxpayer-funded check. That’s private money. That’s private money that insurance companies are having to pay because domestic terrorists rioted.
The damage done to federal buildings is costly. B.L.M. In Nashville set a federal courthouse on fire. It cost $1.2 million in damages. This is a federal courthouse. Why were those involved attacking and setting fire to this federal courthouse not called insurrectionists? It’s a question that needs to be asked.
Rioters in Portland destroyed barriers and attempted to burn down government buildings causing $1.6 million in damage to the federal courthouse downtown. See. Why is this not called an insurrection? And again, why is congress not concerned with creating a commission for this type of damage and the people that caused this attack?
And in North Carolina, a courthouse was broken into and set on fire resulting in roughly $200,000 in damages. Again, it’s a courthouse, why is that not called an insurrection? And there’s not a government bailout or a commission in place to investigate these things.
Los Angeles, Oakland, Louisville and Dakota City also had damage to federal buildings. These cities are not being named. Members of congress are not demanding a commission to investigate the damages happening to the federal buildings in these cities? No one is being called insurrectionists for the damage done to these federal buildings?
Most of the time if you watch the news, they are called peaceful protestors. These are not peaceful protests. These are violent domestic acts of terror and this is how they should be viewed and handled. The looting, burning and destruction across America have cost cities millions and millions of dollars.
Riots caused an estimated $55 million in damage in Minneapolis alone. Minneapolis city officials estimate 700 buildings were damaged, burned or destroyed, including, 360 local businesses. And I have an article right here that contains a list of 1,500 businesses that were damaged or destroyed. 1,500 businesses.
By the way, it’s these businesses and these business owners that pay the taxes that fund everything that we do here. These people should matter. Their businesses should matter. Why is there not a commission investigating this? Why doesn’t congress care about these people and their businesses?
Rioters in Portland set up an autonomous zone and cost the city $2.3 million in damages. Autonomous zone? What is an autonomous zone? How can people take over an American city and say it is theirs and that they control it and that no government authority can come in and enforce the law, enforce law and order in this part of the city. But this is what happened with peaceful protestors in Portland. They created an autonomous zone costing the taxpayers of Portland $2.3 million in damages. Again, that was not a bailout fund. Those are people’s actual dollars, private citizens’ dollars.
Riots in New York are estimated to have cost the city $115 million. One Friday night alone cost the city $100,000 and resulted in the arrest of 150 rioters. That was in one night. It’s unbelievable. Riots in Salt lake city cost $100,000 in damages. Riots in Wichita, Kansas cost the police department nearly $1.5 million in overtime. Because they had to work. They had to show up for another shift. When they were exhausted from working the shift before. So they had to be paid overtime because they were overrun with rioters.
Riots in Denver cost the city at least $5.5 million in damages and in overtime. This is unbelievable where antifa, B.L.M. Rioters causing so much violence in a city that these police departments are having to call police officers back in after working their shift, long hours, no, I’m sorry, you can’t go to your family and do things that you need to do in your regular life. We need you to come back and work overtime because our city is overrun with violence.
But yet here, the United States congress, the 117th congress has no interest in launching a commission to investigate, to stop these incredibly organized and well-funded organizations of terror across the American cities in the country that is causing private citizens, businesses, insurance companies, cities, counties and states so much money?
It all comes from American citizens and taxpayers. You know, money is not created right here in congress. This is not a facility, not an institution that creates revenue. The only revenue that congress operates on is the American people’s tax dollars that they have to pay right here to the federal government.
Congress needs to learn to put the people first and not itself. Riots in Baltimore cost the city an estimated $26 million. Again, American taxpayer dollars. Riots in Kansas city resulted in $2.1 million in damages. Mostly over the course of just one weekend. That’s some kind of party, isn’t it where antifa and B.L.M. Terrorists can go out and riot in violence and rage in one weekend costing the city $1.2 million.
Rioters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, set off fireworks near the police and courthouse and set two city trucks on fire. Altogether, the destruction cost the city $50 million. Does anyone understand what $50 million is? That is an exorbitant amount of money in damages for people that were angry and think it’s OK to riot and destroy other peoples’ properties and businesses and tear down a community. There’s no excuse for that.
Here we have California close down all of its state buildings in downtown areas that staff should not report to work for any reason. That sounds like a third-world country where you have California closing its state buildings in downtown areas saying your staff should not report to work for any reason, why? Because it’s too dangerous for you.
Yet this congress is concerned about spending money on a January 6 commission, when there is already multiple investigations underway. There’s already been 445 arrests already made, 100 more to take place, but yet this congress is not concerned about all of the violence and the organizations that caused all of this to the point where California has to say don’t come to work, it’s dangerous? It’s unreal. This is our country.
The police officers who defend Americans paid a great price as well. Just like the Capitol police officers here in the Capitol did. The police officers all over the country in American cities, it just didn’t happen to them on one day or part of the day. It happened to them night after night, day after day continuously.
In some cities, for a short time, weeks, but in some cities, months and months. And it still continues. The major cities chief association found between May 25 and July 31, there were 8,700 protests nationwide. 8,700. How many were there on January 6? One. Nearly 600 of those protests were declared riots with violence and criminal acts and 2,385 looting incidents were reported. 600 of them were declared violent riots. 2,385 looting incidents.
Again how many times did that happen here at the Capitol? We’ll go with one riot. But this congress is more interested in spending an unknown amount of money to investigate one riot here because this congress seems to only care about itself and not the American people. Three-quarters of law enforcement agencies reported officers harmed during the protests, three-quarters of law enforcement agencies, why don’t we hear about them over and over on the news? Does no one care about those police officers’ lives? Apparently not.
This congress obviously doesn’t. More than 624 Arizonans were reported in and 97 police vehicles were burned. Do you know whose money that is? Taxpayers’ dollars that did nothing wrong to deserve these riots in their cities and the police officers that do a good job every day don’t deserve it either just because of the actions of a few bad a.M. Himself. The ncaa reported that over 2 ,000 law enforcement officers were injured in these nine weeks alone. This is why I introduced h.R. 2446 to award police all over the country who defended american cities, they deserve medals. They deserve medialities because no one is acknowledging what they have gone through night after night day after day with what cnn calls peaceful protests. I don’t think so.
B.L.M. and antifa domestic terrorists are bailed out and supported by our new vice president Harris. George Floyd died on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As you see here on June 1, we have been senator Kamala Harris and then vice-presidential candidate for the united states sharing, tweeting to the Minnesota Freedom Fund encouraging people, if you are able, chip in now, chip in now. Spend some more money to the Minnesota freedom fund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota. But yet we know what was going on. These were not protests but violent riots.
I’m sorry, you can’t stand in front of a city on fire and people fighting and say it’s a protest, it’s a riot and it’s not peaceful. Kamala Harris and unfortunately my own colleague from Minneapolis, representative Omar shared links to the Minnesota Freedom Fund with their millions of Twitter followers, and you know what? It raised a lot of money. In August the Minnesota Freedom Fund reported that it raised $35 million in donations.
Yes, when the democratic candidate for vice president of the United States says ‘Donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund,’ people donated. When the congresswoman from Minneapolis, Minnesota, shared on her twitter to millions of followers and said, point it down, meaning follow suit, donate.
Guess what? They raised $35 million. And guess what happened from that. As a result of all the money raised by then-senator Kamala Harris and then the democrat vice president of the United States, now our current vice president and current congresswoman from Minneapolis, Minnesota, 184 domestic terrorist criminals that rioted, 184 of them were bailed out from the Minnesota Freedom Fund.
The criminals they helped bail out include a woman who shot at the S.W.A.T. Team. . . Another woman who was accused of killing her own friend and a convicted rapist. That’s a few of the people bailed out with the money raised directly for the Minnesota Freedom Fund by then-senator Kamala Harris and congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Shared on their own twitter pages. Can you imagine if a republican congresswoman or man or a republican senator or president shared a bail bond link and said, bail out the protesters from January 6, can you imagine the result of that? It would be unreal.
There has been no backlash. There have been no consequences. There has been no action taken from this responsibility supporting domestic terrorists who were responsible for crime and costing innocent American people an exorbitant amount of money, stress, ruining communities, ruining people’s livelihoods, and tearing apart our country. No. No accountability whatsoever.
The criminals — excuse me — these democrat lawmakers have also voted for defunding police departments across the country. So while they also raise money for domestic terrorists committing crimes to be bailed out of jail, at the same time they legislate and vote to defund police. H.R. 1280 that they voted for and passed removed qualified immunity, removed qualified immunity.
That means police officers can be sued if someone is upset with them for their actions on the job. Police officers don’t make a lot of money. They can’t afford big attorney bills. It will ruin them. Just because someone may get their feelings hurt because they got arrested. H.R. 1280 also will allow police officers to be put on a list.
That means if it’s proven or unproven, someone can accuse a police officer of doing some sort of wrong and their name and information gets put on a public list that the department of justice will manage on a website that’s open to anyone that wants to look it up. Founded or unfounded, their actions, no matter if it’s true or not, their name goes on this list and what they’re being accused of.
This is what these people voted for to do to police officers and remove a lot of their funding. After the LAPD was defunded by $150 million, vice president Harris said, I applaud Eric Garcetti for doing what he’s done. As a result of the funding cuts, the LAPD dissolved its sexual assault unit.
Defunding the LAPD where they have to get rid of the sexual assault unit, that’s unbelievable. That means women, children, any victim of sexual assault, I’m sorry, there’s not a unit there to help them anymore because they’ve been defunded.
As a result of this defunding that vice president Harris applauds Eric Garcetti for doing what he’s done, there’s been a 73% spike in shootings in l.A. 73%. When you defund the police, ladies and gentlemen, there are direct consequences. That means crime goes up. There’s also been a 200% higher murder rate than last year at the same time. 200%.
If you don’t fund law enforcement, you’re funding criminals. And clearly, we can see this is what some of these democrat lawmakers — lawmakers have done. They’ve clearly funded criminals and defunded the police. Back to Minneapolis and the right outs there — riots there. Notice that this state, 11 — notice this date, 11/4/20. That’s not too long ago. Encouraging donations. See, there’s no excuse for that. November 4, 2020. By that date we had seen plenty of violence and damage all over the streets.
There was no way to call those riots peaceful protests. We know exactly what they are. Domestic acts of terror. And congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s district, 700 buildings were damaged, burned or destroyed. Who owns those buildings? Mostly private citizens. 1,500 businesses — here’s the list. Here’s the list. It’s reported from the “Star Tribune” from Minneapolis for the Twin Cities, 1,500 privately owned businesses, heavily damaged, two destroyed, mostly completely destroyed.
The problem with congress is, congress does not get up early every single day, go into its business and have to earn the money that keeps it going. Congress does not have to work so hard, lose sleep at night to figure out how to earn the money to keep the doors open to their business.
Congress does not have to lose sleep at night when things get rough like when the government shuts down the economy because of a Chinese Virus and tells businesses that they cannot keep their door open and sell their goods and services, that they cannot earn a living.
You see, congress doesn’t understand how hard it is to figure out how to keep paying your employees when that happens to you. And congress doesn’t understand or seem to care about doing a commission for the people that pay the taxes to keep the lights on in this building, to care about them and why they were violently attacked.
No. Only congress cares about itself and why it was attacked on January 6, even though there are multiple investigations going on. Even though there have been 445 people arrested and 100 people more arrested. And justice should be served for those that committed violence here at the capitol on January 6. But congress doesn’t care about the American people that have suffered this entire year. And it’s despicable. The human cost of a year of riots and violence is 25 American lives lost. That’s been estimated. 25 Americans are dead as a direct result of B.L.M. And antifa terrorism that swept our nation.
I’ll go ahead and tell you about one. This little girl, her name is Secoriea Turner. She was killed at a Wendy’s in Atlanta because there were riots going on. Her mother was pulling in the Wendy’s, turning around, trying to go the right way when gunshots were fired that took Secoria Turner’s life. She was 8 years old. This little girl was 8 years old and was murdered during a riot.
There’s not a commission being launched in here for her life. There’s also not a commission being launched for the life of David Dorn. A great man. A retired police officer who was murdered during domestic terrorist, B.L.M., riots. Why does congress not care about David Dorn? Why does congress not care about Secoriea Turner?
Despite all of this damage, there is no investigation into domestic terrorism from congress. We have no commission launched to investigate the funding of antifa. There’s no investigation into the funding of B.L.M. There’s no commission set forward for the past year of violent riots. But all they care about is the commission for the one riot here on January 6.
The accused on January 6 have been — they’ve been abused behind bars. They’ve been denied due process rights. They’re still being held in jail. Michael Sherwin from D.C. bragged they rounded up 400 people who participated in the breach of the capitol on January 6. He said he wanted to charge as many people as possible. What kind of justice system do we have if officials are eager to charge as many people as possible but they don’t care about antifa domestic terrorists and they don’t care about the people in those riots?
The Biden administration has taken investigators who normally work on drug trafficking, child pornography, and assigned them to calling relatives and even ex-girlfriends of the January 6 accused and attempt to find them guilty. Please put them back on drug trafficking and child pornography.
These departments are being defunded anyways. One person accused faces seven years in prison for walking through the open doors of the capitol, taking photos in the hallway and leaving without doing any harm. Even the mainstream media outlets outlets have reported on D.C. Jail guards cruel beating trump supporters. One man was beaten so badly he has a skull fracture and is now blind in one eye. You hardly hear about that on the news. Months after January 6, men and women are still being held in jail, and they haven’t seen their day in court.
Justice should be served for January 6, but this congress needs to care about the people of the united states who have not seen justice for the riots of the past year. This congress is failing the American people. Not only are we a nation nearly $30 trillion in debt, but we have a congress that could care less about law and order and the united states. I yield the remainder of my time.