Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., told the “Todd Starnes Show” on Monday that any voter unclear about the importance of the 2020 elections should look to the comments that Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., made over the weekend when she called for more unrest in the streets.
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Democrats have been criticized by Republicans for refusing to take a stand when it comes to looting and violence in major cities, and Pressley’s comment seemed like a full-fledged endorsement, according to critics.
“This is just the state of the Democrat Party,” Collins said. “Anybody wants to know what this election is about all they have to do is look to those comments.”
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Pressley was a guest on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” when the conversation turned to the protests across the U.S. She said, in part, that people need to “make the phone calls, send the emails, show up. You know, there needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there’s unrest in our lives.”
Collins called the encouragement “reprehensible.”
Collins said it is important that the American people understand that Pressley speaks for the party, including Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris.
“People have to understand that this is not about peaceful civil protests over injustices,” Collins said. He continued, “This has turned to just general criminal activity and that’s where it has to stop.”
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Todd Starnes, the host of the program, pointed out that Pressley is the “Squad” member that everyone seems to forget, and her comments went completely unchallenged during the interview on “MSDNC.”
Starnes pointed to the most recent violence in Portland that allegedly involved protesters pulling a driver from his truck, restraining him and beating him. Videos emerged of the incident that showed the driver at the mercy of the angry mob and then getting kicked across the side of the head.
“This is in the streets of the United States, not Mogadishu,” Starnes said.
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Collins said many of these cities are under Democrat leadership, like Portland under Mayor Ted Wheeler. He said these leaders are more interested in taking a public stand against President Trump then taking a stand against anarchists who are literally trying to burn down these cities.
“When people can’t feel safe driving down streets in their cities, we lost it,” Collins said. “We just completely lost it.”