Protesters harass and threaten White House convention
attendees on the streets of Washington, D.C.
By The Editorial Board
Aug. 28, 2020 6:58 pm ET
Democrats seem to be figuring out that they made a political blunder by failing to condemn urban violence at their virtual convention last week. Then came the
riots in Kenosha, Wis., in Minneapolis again, and elsewhere, and Joe Biden finally criticized the violence and looting in a video on Wednesday.
He may have to do more after the GOP convention drew a sharp line between peaceful protest and violence. And he may have to go even further than that after the video scenes of harassment on the streets of Washington, D.C., that went viral on Thursday night and Friday. Black Lives Matter protesters outside the White House cursed and threatened people walking to their hotels after they attended the President’s nomination acceptance speech on the South Lawn. One man with gray hair was sucker-punched and fell to the ground. A middle-aged couple was cursed for blocks by a woman wearing a mask covering her head and a crowd that jostled and threatened them.
Florida Rep. Brian Mast, who walks slowly with prosthetic legs, was surrounded and screamed at again and again to answer, “What do you feel about police killing black people?” When he calmly replied that killing anyone is wrong and everyone deserves due process, they screamed at him more loudly. Mr. Mast lost his legs while serving with special forces in Afghanistan as a
bomb disposal expert.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and his wife were assailed by a large crowd and a woman shouting “say her name!,” referring to Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police at her home in Louisville. Mr. Paul says he feared for his safety and thanked police for protecting them. He is the cosponsor of the Justice for Breonna Taylor Act that would ban no-knock warrants like the one 1 of 2 police used in Louisville. If the mob really cared about constructive change, they’d lobby the Senate Democrats who filibustered police reform legislation.
This is ugly stuff, and it couldn’t have done more to validate the GOP convention theme that the left wants to stifle and punish anyone who won’t bow before its demands. Americans who see these and other scenes of BLM censure and harassment will rightly conclude that they could be the next targets. If this continues, Democrats may be surprised again this year on Election Night.