Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said at the January 6 Remembrance and Action Day candlelight vigil, which Antifa partly organized, that Republicans are the “declining minority party with the most authoritarian and fascist elements in the whole country “.
Raskin opened his speech at the candlelight vigil to assert that many pro-law enforcement Americans are “wrong.”
The Democrat of Maryland asked rhetorically, “And where are these bogus law enforcement advocates who only rear their ugly heads when a racist cop beats up an African American citizen?” They don’t tell us about January 6th, do they? “
Raskin supports the Justice in Policing Act, which would weaken the qualified immunity of law enforcement and make it more difficult for law enforcement to function.
Raskin then proclaimed that most young Americans support the Democratic Party, while the Republican Party reportedly supported the more “authoritarian” elements in America.
“Young people on our side. The new Americans are on our side. It is a declining minority party with the most authoritarian and fascist elements in the whole country, ”said Raskin.
Raskin then applauded Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) for “standing up for democracy”. Kinzinger and Cheney, two Republicans from Never Trump, sit on President Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) select committee on Jan.6 and frequently criticize the 45th president.
Raskin also said Republicans controlled many undemocratic levers of power, such as the “gerrymandering” of congressional districts, filibuster and voter integrity bills, which he called ” suppression of voters ”.
Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), President of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), and Andy Kim (D-NJ) also spoke at the candlelight vigil.
Over 100 activist groups organized the candlelight vigil, including ShutDown DC:
On January 6, we stand up for democracy. Join us on the National Mall. https://t.co/aqTQjbyj1l
– ShutDownDC (@ShutDown_DC) December 29, 2021
ShutDown DC was founded in 2019 as an anti-fascist organization to “respond to the call to action of Youth Climate Strikes. The group is committed to “anti-oppressive principles, transformative justice and a sustainable organization.”
ShutDown DC held a protest outside the home of Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) in January 2021, in which the Antifa group threatened his wife and children. Patrick Young, a ShutDown DC organizer, defended the group’s actions.
The group asked Hawley if the Senator would be home on January 4 because they “were thinking about paying [him] visit.”
.@HawleyMO will you be at home in virginia on january 4th? We thought we would visit you but didn’t want to miss you anymore. https://t.co/tasmksG1dw
– ShutDownDC (@ShutDown_DC) 23 December 2021
ShutDown DC has also harassed Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
DC Police arrested 24 ShutDown DC protesters outside Klain’s house in August 2021.
Protesters from ShutDown DC surrounded Graham’s house, asking him to oppose the nomination of Amy Comey Barrett, then a candidate for the Supreme Court, in September 2020.
Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) wrote a letter to Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) calling on them to condemn the candlelight vigil.
The organizers of this event are used to engaging in extremist tactics to interfere with the functioning of democracy. In a week where you vehemently condemned those who attempted to obstruct the work of Congress on January 6, you must also be similarly willing to call on left-wing activists who also engaged in criminal acts to interfere with democracy.
When it comes to political violence and criminal obstruction of government by the left, the silence of Democrats is deafening. Democrats looked the other way when antifa rioters torched a federal courthouse in Portland. They did the same when left-wing rioters in Seattle seized power in a democratically elected government and attempted to secede by creating a separatist anarchist zone. And they did the same when hundreds of people illegally entered the Senate to disrupt Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination process, then attempted to violate the Supreme Court in an attempt to prevent Judge Kavanaugh from being sworn in.
“If in fact you really believe that attempts to interfere with democracy are to be condemned, then you must break your past silence and start condemning these actions when they are committed by the left,” Hawley concluded in his letter. to Schumer and Pelosi. “It is imperative that you ask your caucus members to avoid groups like Shut Down DC and to cancel their plans to speak at their event.”
Sean Moran is congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on twitter @ SeanMoran3.