The streets and sidewalks of historic downtown Leesburg were clogged Sunday afternoon with more than 1,500 people exercising their right to peacefully protest in honor of George Floyd, a black man who died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer earlier this week.

Protesters of all ages and nationalities wrapped around the block comprising King, Loudoun, Wirt and Market streets beginning at roughly 3 p.m. Most wore personal face masks — in keeping with Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) recommendations for “Phase 1” reopening in northern Virginia — and many carried signs.

On the Leesburg Town Hall Green, participants signed a poster-sized version of a painting by local artist Gertrude Evans, which depicts three people protesting police brutality. From there, participants began a short marching route through town, ultimately arriving at the feet of the Loudoun County Courthouse.

Loudoun County NAACP President Michelle Thomas, Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) and Leesburg Town Councilman Ron Campbell were among those who led the procession. Members of local law enforcement helped facilitate the event and kept the streets clear.

During the march, participants joined one another in songs and chants. Many of those chants, as well as many signs, referenced Floyd’s haunting last words, “I can’t breathe,” which he gasped as the attacking officer — who has since been charged with murder — kneeled on his neck for several minutes.

From the front steps of the courthouse, Thomas shouted an introductory speech to the masses who saturated the surrounding lawn.

“Thank you so much for coming out today, for standing in solidarity like we always do,” she said. “This is nothing new for us. This is what’s true for us.”

 

Campbell, who founded sponsoring organization Citizens for a Better Leesburg, followed Thomas. Though he and other planners had previously said there would be no speeches during the event, he told crowds that their love expressed through protest was a valuable form of speech on its own. “Your love allows us the air to breathe,” he said to rapturous applause.

“As a 68-year-old man with three black sons and five black grandsons, I grieve,” he added. “I hurt like you hurt. I hurt like families hurt that lose loved ones that are murdered in the streets. Daylight, darkness, it doesn’t matter. We can’t take this energy any longer and do nothing with it.”

His remarks were followed by a nearly minute-long chant of “Black lives matter,” to which Thomas responded, “Chanting is the easy part.”

“The harder part comes in the weeks to come, when it’s time to vote up, when it’s time to challenge elected officials who don’t vote in favor of race-based equality, when it’s time to look at yourself in the mirror and ask, 'Is there something else that you can do?” she continued.

She then went on to paraphrase the Apostle Paul’s words from the book of Romans.

“I am fully persuaded that neither life, nor death — good God almighty — nor principalities, nor things present nor things to come … [will separate me] from the love of God and the truth in which he’s made us free,” Thomas declared. “Fight on, my brothers and sisters. March on, my brothers and sisters, and let’s get it done.

Randall followed, beginning with an appeal to her own beliefs when she said she would “talk to [the crowd] as a person of faith, because before I was anything else, I was a person of faith.”

“George Floyd was the tipping point … but there were so many others who came before George Floyd,” she continued before listing the names of many high-profile black murder victims. These included examples as historic as Emmett Till and as recent as Ahmaud Arbery, whose February murder sparked international outrage when video footage of it spread via the Internet.

“We are talking about hundreds and hundred and hundreds of people whose names you might not know, who may be buried in graves that are not even marked,” Randall said. “We are talking about people who were hung from trees like so much strange fruit, for generations and generations.”

She commended participants for keeping the day’s events from devolving into violence — as several protests across the U.S. have since Floyd’s death — and echoed Thomas’ petition to express their hunger for change by voting.

“This is good. This is peaceful. This is how it should be. But this is where it starts, not where it ends,” Randall said. “We’re going to stand together. We’re going to fight together. We’re going to hang together. We’re going to pray together. We’re going to support each other. We’re going to be nonviolent. We’re going to do it with love and justice and kindness, because that’s who Loudoun County, Virginia, is.”

Randall then handed the megaphone to Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-10th), who called the people filling the courthouse lawn “a beautiful sight.”

“I have two teenage boys, and when I think about the lessons that I have to give them when they learn how to drive, it’s very different from those that Phyllis had to teach her kids,” Wexton, who is white, said. “It shouldn’t be that way.”

She also encouraged attendees to vote for racial justice advocates this fall, saying “we can’t pretend that we elected a black president and everything is fine, because it’s not.”

Thomas and Campbell each gave concluding remarks, reiterating the importance of civil discourse between all Americans amid such tumult.

“This issue is an American issue, not just a black issue,” Thomas said.

“We ask you to go home in love and in peace. We ask you to stick around — we’ve got some pretty good restaurants as well,” Campbell joked. “Just give somebody some love on your way home. Stay safe, stay brave.”

“I Can’t Breathe” Walk Through Leesburg | Face Masks

To limit the spread of the coronavirus, protesters wore face masks at Sunday's "I Can't Breathe" walk in Leesburg. The walk was in honor of George Floyd, a black man killed by a Minneapolis police officer earlier last week.

 

Floyd Demonstration in Leesburg III

Demonstrators march along Market Street in downtown Leesburg on May 31 during an event to honor the memory of George Floyd and to speak out against police brutality.

Floyd Demonstration in Leesburg II

Demonstrators show off "Black Lives Matter" and "Stop Police Brutality" signs, among others, on the grounds of the Loudoun County Courthouse.

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(498) comments

Guest

Shouldn’t the GOOD protesters STOP the BAD protesters?

Guest

Shouldn't the good Republicans stop Trump?

Guest

Hmmm...a non answer with a question. Very telling.

Guest

If the good cops stopped the bad cops you wouldn't be asking that question. Dimwit.

amerigirl

You really could have left off the Dimwit part, unnecessary.

amerigirl

I think the tide is turning.

amerigirl

What could possibly go wrong there? First they would have had to stay past curfew, illegal. Second, if they are mistaken to be one of the rioters they could be gassed, beaten and arrested. Third, there is a good chance that if you try to stop someone with criminal intent they will take care f you for being in their way. That would be a no win situation.

LIfetimeLoudouner

Shame on hypocritical chairwoman Randal. It not ok to have people going to work or shopping but a rally with thousands packed close together is fine.

Don’t get me wrong I attended the rally but for Randal to fight to keep businesses closed and turn around and support any large gathering is plain wrong and she should just resign for her two faced policies. People will die because of her actions. Those families who loose loved ones from covid should force Randal to publicly apologize for her two faced actions.

amerigirl

I really don't understand your statement. She isn't asking that we not go into phase 1, We are in it. If you read the executive order for phase 1 a mask is required indoors, not out doors and social distancing is recommended whenever possible. If you are being directed by the police to be in a certain area then it is not possible.

Guest

It’s ok, it’s part of the natural process.

springerdad

From the USA Today -

Public health officials warn new cases of COVID-19 probably will emerge after mass gatherings fueled by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and racial unrest in cities across America.

Health experts fear carriers of coronavirus, which causes the disease, with no symptoms could unwittingly infect others at protests where social distancing is simply not taking place. The merits of the protesters' cause "doesn’t prevent them from getting the virus,” said Bradley Pollock, chairman of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of California, Davis.

pual mase

Now I’m watching a video from yesterday of a policeman being hit by a large trash can thrown by a “peaceful” protestor. But its OK they have a right to protest, right?

amerigirl

You must be watching Fox. How stupid would you have to be to call an act of violence peaceful? Yes, the bill of rights, the constitution gives everyone, all citizens that right. Now you want to disassemble the constitution? You must be watching night time when most of the actual protesters have left and the ones taking advantage of the situation came out. Try to learn the difference.

Voltaire

AG, the Constitution provides that all citizens the right to assemble, however up to a point. If, as in the case of DC, there is an active state or emergency declaration then the Government has the right to suspend the First Amendment. There is established Federal case law that says that the Government can do that if (a) the protest is violent or (b) that there is the appearance that it may turn violent. In this instance, the failure of the protesters to follow the lawful commands of the incident commander allows the Government to suspend the right to assemble and to disperse the protesters because the protest now falls under category (b). Nobody is trying to disassemble the Constitution however people need to understand that there are times when the authorities can suspend rights. This is one of those times. If you feel that strongly that the actions by the U.S. Park Police were egregious, hire an attorney and take them to U.S. District Court. However, you would lose as the courts would find that the U.S. Park Police's actions to meet the legal standard of reasonable, but go ahead and try.

amerigirl

Sure, which is why so much of it is under investigation. Where was the appearance that it may turn violent in front of St. John's church? It was abuse of the American people so trumpster could have a photo op in front of a church he has only been in 1 time. That action alone was proof that he was trying to disassemble the Constitution, there was no need to treat the protesters and the press with violence when they were already moving as asked. They had every right to be there until curfew, trump could care less about anyone's rights if there is a chance for a photo op. Yes, the actions by the U.S. Park Police were egregious, I don’t need to hire an attorney, Congress is already investigating what happened. DC National Guard has opened an investigation of its rotary aircraft. It is shameful that the American people were treated that way. There are plenty of members of his own party speaking out against him.

Voltaire

AG--nope, that simply does not fly. The U.S. Park Police, per their official statement said that they told the protesters THREE times to disperse. If the protesters fail to follow lawful commands, which that was, then they should have dispersed at command/warning ONE. The fact that the protesters fail to follow lawful commands helps support the premise behind (b). If the protesters/press don't follow lawful commands then yes law enforcement should disperse the protesters and the press with lawful riot control techniques. Courts of law will support the police's actions as reasonable because the protesters have a duty to comply with lawful commands.

Wow, be still my beating heart that Congress is already investigating what happened. Given that the legislative branch of this country is severely broken and unable to do anything, that should take what months to do what absolutely nothing.

You should consider yourself grateful that this isn't Europe where they don't give a care about protesters rights and you would have gotten a nice dousing from water cannons or excessive authorized force by riot police as they don't have the same operating procedures as we do.

amerigirl

Vol, And they lied. There are recording with audio that say other wise along with the Secret Service. Someone is trying to cover their butt. The fact is that they did follow commands, like it or not, please inform yourself on the matter, watch the videos, read the reports, before you defend the park police, just because they are police. Of course, it is being investigated, trump chose DC because they don’t have a governor that could say NO to him. Congress has a duty to investigate these things, that doesn’t make it broken, it means they are doing their job, protecting the freedoms of the citizens. There are also law suits starting. Generals speaking out. They never speak out because they are impartial, but they fear that this is leading to the end of the US as we know it. Please don’t try to trivialize hat is happening into cops being right or wrong. In Europe they are protesting in solidarity and this type of thing is not happeneing to their protesters, your statement is moot. London, Thousands of people marched through London on Sunday to support demonstrations across the US in response to the Minneapolis death of George Floyd. In Germany, hundreds took to the streets carrying signs saying, "Who Do You Call When Police Murder?" and "Silence is Violence," The EU's top diplomat has described the death of George Floyd as an abuse of power. Maybe we should be in Europe, they are getting treated much better that what is happening here.

ace10

Were there badges handed out to identify the "actual protestors" from the rioters? I'm trying to learn the difference.

amerigirl

Officers may ask you for your name, your address, and to see your ID. You do have the right to ask for the name and badge number of officers that you interact with. All Metropolitan Police officers in uniform below the rank of Inspector are required to have their collar numbers on display at all times. Try learning the law. If you can't tell the difference between a peaceful protester or a rioter than you have a deeper problem, good luck getting through life.

pual mase

Yes AG, lets watch the protestors/rioters march, chant, spit at cops, curse out cops, throw bricks, beat up reporters, torch cars, loot stores, murder cops and celebrate their first amendment rights. Some is happening in daytime, most at night. All of it happening with the cover of these self-righteous, self-indulgent people that believe there right to protest justifies the dangerous situation they create.

I’m sure some rioters are the peaceful daytime marchers too.

No I don’t want to disassemble the constitution......this is coming out of your mouth alone.

They may have the right to protest but that doesn’t excuse their irresponsible behavior.

How can you defend anyone that decides to engage in an inflammatory act of protest in a pandemic when emotions are high and we have seen a week of rioting?

It’s reckless!

You either just like to argue or are clueless.

amerigirl

Pual that’s your problem right there in your first sentence. You are clueless about the protesters. There is a difference between the protesters and rioters. Now that the ACLU is suing trump for the attack on innocent American bystanders you will get to see much more footage. Including the 15ft high mounted camera from CBS that captured the whole thing. Maybe you should realize that it wasn’t the same people that were there day and night. But we know you, it’s all liberals, lump them together and place all the blame on them. Typical fascist ideology. How do you not want to disassemble the constitution if yu want to take away rights that are guaranteed in it??? Yes, they have a right to protest, freedom of speech. The city also has a right to place a curfew and those violators are the ones you should be angry with. But that would put you in a class with the liberals that are angry with them too, you wouldn’t ant that. There is nothing wrong with chanting and the protesters during the day didn’t do the rest. None of it is as reckless as you wanting to take away their guaranteed rights as an American.

RoundHillGuy

people show up to Covid re-open protest and they are called flat earthers and stupid and dems stated they hope they all get sick. However, no such criticism here huh? no social distancing in these pics. I'll wait for the apology to all the re-open "protesters" who were just exercising their right to peaceful assemble just like these people.

amerigirl

first you should apologize for the flat earther conspiracy. Who wished sickness on anyone? Such a victim. Don't wait, we are in phase 1, social distancing is not required but recommended whenever possible. If they didn't obey the cops and go to areas designated you would complain about that too.

Guest

Why don’t the GOOD protesters STOP the BAD protesters?

amerigirl

The good protester leave when curfew comes. It is not their job to stop rioters, it is up to authorities. Was that even a real question?

Guest

yes that is correct

Guest

So if there are 10,000 protesters, and 100 break the law, all protests should be banned? A) Protests are legal, B) 99% of protesters are peacefully exercising their right to free speech. According to your logic, guns should be banned completely because some people use them to kill others - but then you’re probably all about gun rights, just not free speech.

Voltaire

Guest--using your scenario, no, not all protests should be banned because of the actions of the few. However, protesters don't get carte blanche authority to not follow the lawful commands of the police during those demonstrations. They are supposed to comply with the orders given. If they do, then the police will not intercede, however, if they don't then the police have the reasonable authority, pursuant to law, to disperse them.

amerigirl

They can only comply when the orders are actually given, the Secret Service says that didn't happen.

pual mase

I am watching a “peaceful” protester on TV now tearing down a street sign across the street from the White House. What a role model and contribution to race relations and society.

amerigirl

Then you aren't watching a peaceful protester. You see one out of how many protesters? Then you make that one the flagship for all the protesters. Open your eyes. Seriously, how many other protesters were there in that shot? There is always a bad apple.

Hendershot

That's what the mainstream media is calling them. Open your eyes. They describe them as "mostly peaceful" protests with a few bad actors. Totally ignoring the fact that police officers are mostly good with a few bad actors.

Voltaire

Hendershot--very good point. [thumbup]

amerigirl

I agree, the police are mostly good, a few bad. Who is ignoring that? Luckily I can say I have never met a bad cop ans I think there are very few bad ones.

pual mase

If they all got the hell out of the street and figured out a less reckless, more effective way to make their point, we wouldn’t have to strain to distinguish the protestors from the rioters and the violence would stop.

amerigirl

Clueless statement. They had a permit to be able to protest, the city gave them the locations to protest at. They can go after any and all of them after curfew.

Honest question

First and foremost, I think every American can support justice for George Floyd, the footage was unsettling and heartbreaking. I commend all the peaceful protesters and what they are demanding in systematic change to address race inequality. As this protest pertains specifically to the police however, is where I’m trying to gain more clarity. I can get behind some of the demands (elimination of choke hold, a review of police training standards, and changes to the doctrine that protects officers from legal liabilities) to name a few. But in to defund all police across the US, and disband all private police forces, including university and transit police, replace the Police Advisory Committee with a Community Control Board that can hire and fire officers... is where I question motives. Yes there are “bad apples” in every circumstance, including the police force. But to your point, in 2019 out of 328.2 million Americans there were only 1,004 fatal police shootings regardless of race. That’s .0003% of the population. Out of those 1,004 cases only 56 individuals were unarmed, again regardless of race. Are we saying 56 cases out 328.2 million people is cause for justification of the current BLM’s (the group not the cause as whole) demands for disbanding the police?

Freedom

§ 32.1-116.3. Reporting of communicable diseases; definitions.

A. For the purposes of this section:

"Communicable disease of public health threat" means an illness of public health significance, as determined by the State Health Commissioner in accordance with regulations of the Board of Health, caused by a specific or suspected infectious agent that may be reasonably expected or is known to be readily transmitted directly or indirectly from one individual or person to another or to uninfected persons through airborne or nonairborne means and has been found to create a risk of death or significant injury or impairment; this definition shall not, however, be construed to include human immunodeficiency viruses or tuberculosis, unless used as a bioterrorism weapon. "Individual" shall include any companion animal.

"Communicable diseases" means any airborne infection or disease, including, but not limited to, tuberculosis, measles, certain meningococcal infections, mumps, chicken pox and Hemophilus Influenzae Type b, and those transmitted by contact with blood or other human body fluids, including, but not limited to, human immunodeficiency virus,

Hopefully everyone will follow the law and

Report any signs of covid19 beat the virus

amerigirl

This section?

springerdad

This is going to be over 400 comments once Amerigirl is finished. She is on a roll.

amerigirl

another child that can't make a comment about the article but boost their on ego up by saying things about others. Believe me you are not one to talk

springerdad

I have made plenty of comments about the article. It is interesting to see how you have stopped posting on the covid-19 articles. I guess it was time for you to move on to a new topic.

amerigirl

Funny you missed them.

Guest

Amerigirl probably grew up with the silver spoon

In her mouth . Knows nothing about living in the hood

amerigirl

Are you from the hood? bet not. I earned my way to where I am and it still isn't much, ample but not a lot. You obviously know nothing about this article because you are focused on me. Please too much attentions and I'm shy. please stick to the article.

Where did you grow up?

amerigirl

You know you can address me. Do you feel safety in numbers Mr. Comment Police?

springerdad

417 and climbing. Thanks Amerigirl. Thank you for ignoring all the covid-19 stories now that you have moved on to a new story.

amerigirl

Mr. Comment police, anything to make you happy, BTW any comment about the actual article or just policing the comments?

pual mase

You put your lies out there AG.......expect to corrected.

amerigirl

Pual you spout lies all the time and never expect to be corrected, I told you if you think what I say is a lie let me know and I will tell you where I get the info. Is it just that you are so lazy you can't do that much? Attacking people is just sooooooooo much easier than getting the truth.

Cobra

I have your back, Amerigirl! A lot of people see this comment section and don't even bother to engage because it's crawling with delusional old racist boomers who have been given everything and still don't want to share. We see you doing the work. Thank you.

Voltaire

Cobra--wow, like to stereotype much. I hate to break it to you that there are people in this country who work hard/save/invest and make something of themselves without anybody's help. So, why should they share with others? This is a capitalist, free enterprise society not socialism/communism where the state distributes wealth across all. If you like that concept, there are other countries in the world that would welcome you. Da comrade?

amerigirl

Vol, get a grip. That’s his opinion and he is entitled to it, you are not policing the comment section. I hate to break it to you, all the BS about work hard/save/invest have nothing to do with what the conversation was about. It was about someone saying I was lying and me telling them to point it out and I could prove it because people in these sections have a point of making things up spreading their conspiracy theories with absolutely no proof and then calling me a liar. So what was you off the wall communist comment even about? Wealth distribution had nothing to do with it, and it doesn’t mean just handing out money.

factchecker66

Wow, what a crowd, all law-abiding citizens. But where was the social distancing, masks on all participants, hand washing, safety from the COVIS-19 virus. It will be interesting to see if there are incidents of infection from this gathering in the weeks to come.

Skyprince

These GOP retorts have me on the floor rolling...I can't believe what you are saying? How can you support this narcissistic goon? How can you right his disgraceful, disgusting and disturbing behavior yesterday, flouting a bible in front of the historic "President's Church?" How can you with a straight face agree with this man's behavior? Look in the mirror, can you really get behind someone like this? And the GOP party? They are the most anti American group even in recorded history. Lindsay Graham has the nerve to tell "older" judges to resign now, so Trump can appoint younger GOP judges? Really? What gall, what a sicko he is. If there is one thing the last 3.5 years have shown is how truly mentally challenged the GOP is. You should be afraid of November. My dear mom who has pretty much always voted GOP will not in November and in fact, will never vote GOP again in local, state and federal elections. She said that the GOP today is not the party she grew up with. And with her, goes her friends all staunch GOPers. Their last Republican Women meeting in her home state, decided that in November, they would not vote for Trump...read this again, the GOP Republican Women's group will NOT vote for Trump. They don't like Biden, but they can no longer tolerate Trump. So go ahead and tout your anti liberal pablum, it only hits the trailer park crowd and no one else. Even your exalted Fox clown, Tucker Carlson is railing on Trump now. You are in a steep death dive, enjoy your last views of "power" you are about to lose big time.

Amen Corner

President Trump has awakened a longing in the American people. A longing for...something better than Donald Trump leading our nation. Most are growing sick of turning on their TV and thinking they're watching scenes from Cairo or Baghdad or Somalia or just about anyplace where a corrupt government shackles people with poverty, unemployment, disease ... or in the case of Comrade Trump, all three at once!

amerigirl

Not to mention the little hands going back and forth as he tries ti justify what he is saying. Tired of the lies to, over 19,000 so far. Where is honest Abe when you need him?

ace10

I think you're selling yourself short... you've posted well over 19000 lies. Just over the past couple of weeks.

amerigirl

Tell me one than ace, I get facts, I can back it all up whereas you have lies gush from that hole in your head at a record rate and never anything to back it up.

amerigirl

Ace, you’re so deprived, didn’t you ever learn how to hold a civil conversation? Your mama sure did a lousy job. No I did not lie or be a hypocrite. Yes, I do worry about my health, but if you were a person with any empathy you would understand why I went. I felt that it was extremely important to do whatever I could after seeing the video, no matter what it was. I felt that I could not live with myself if I didn’t support them. Now your are LYING AGAIN, saying I , you support the burning and looting. You make up all these conspiracy theories about people you don’t know as if they are fact. No wander so many of your posts are cut.

pual mase

Why don’t you stay on the floor and roll around in your own BS

amerigirl

Because I can't get pass you being down there. You must love it not to want to share.

hardworkingamerican

MAGA must be a part of these organized rioters. Just like the person who worked out at Ida Lee who was colluding with a Chinese spy and was selling secrets, MAGA has shown that his/her/it's intentions are to create havoc and work to disrupt a duly elected President. Since MAGA supports rioting and looting then MAGA must be an organizer of this against hard working citizens. This must be investigated.

pual mase

He does come across as a Russian troll instigating with demonstrably false, inflammatory propaganda. I for one will call him out and report him until his hateful posts are gone. Unfortunately he reinforces the garbage posted by similar liberal idiots.

Enough is enough

amerigirl

ou come off as a conspiracy theorist, stick to the article and not the people posting. You are constantly attacking people, not confronting them or making a case against what they have said. It makes you look small and vindictive.

pual mase

go crack a mirror AG

amerigirl

I can't they are all destroyed from you looking in them.

pual mase

Can’t even come up with your own joke.

Another example of liberals taking from others

amerigirl

pual, you need to widen your horizons. you are so focused. Liberal this liberals that. Good Lord, get a real life. that you don't see the real world. The world is not what you think it is and you are an actual living conspiracy theory.

amerigirl

STOP! If you want to say something about the article DO IT, if you want to reply to MAGA, DO IT. and stop with trying to bash other people posting personally with your conspiracy theories. Trump won't be here much longer, and he definitely lost the popular vote, so most people didn't want him there to begin with. Start your own little investigation like your impeached leader, and you will get the same results he does, there ain't nothin' there.

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amerigirl

Sure Ace keep up your childish behavior. .

springerdad

I sure hope the 1,500 people that showed up to protest are self isolating right now or does the 6 feet rule only apply shopping, church and eating???

I love the fact that posters like Cindylou MAGA, LCS, BLT only care about social distancing when it fits their agenda.

amerigirl

I only see 1 person without a mask. You want to personally attack people commenting here at least have the balls to do it to them.

springerdad

AG - Wow you have already forgot the rules you spout every day????? Masks don't protect you from the virus. You need to wear a mask and also social distance.

I knew you would have no problem with this protest. If this was a bunch of Trump supporters you would be screaming your head off.

Is that a good enough attack on you? You and your ilk are so fake it is sad to see. I NEVER want to hear you talk about social distancing again.

amerigirl

The new rules, if you had read them say you have to wear a mask indoors and social distance when ever possible. Masks help you from spreading the virus. You want to give me a hard time about something I said you should at least get it right.

I don't care who they support in the protest. I met republicans, democrats, a religious group. That cause was not about politics it was about social injustice. But you fascist always think everything is about politics because that is what comes out of the trump dumpster. That was a pretty stupid attack on me because I hardly ever talk about social distancing, nope, masks yep. How's you ego, did you get a rush out of that? Do you feel superior now?

springerdad

I hope you are self isolating after being at the rally. I guess all the experts saying they are so worried about these rallies are now wrong. As you know or maybe you don't masks are only effective if you stay 6 feet away from someone.

Not my opinion but the scientists.

amerigirl

Springer, I was and am again self isolating. I felt this was just too important and couldn't live with myself if I didn't do something. Also I didn't post at all Sunday because I was in DC, any other probably aren't there yet.

Guestcountyresident

you can't "personally" attack and anonymous person lol

amerigirl

why not? everyone in here is anonymous. pretty ignorant remark.

countyresident

"why not? everyone in here is anonymous. pretty ignorant remark". Wow AG that is some comeback. Your posts are hysterical in a most pathetic way

amerigirl

County, are you stupid? People attack all the time here because they are anonymous. Are you too ignorant to realize that?

Guest

AG- "County, are you stupid...blah blah blah". Nope, not stupid. Pointing out YOUR stupidity because it is actually NOT POSSIBLE to "personally" attack an anonymous person. Your reading comprehension is apparently inadequate. Again.

amerigirl

Guest, you just proved my point. Didn't you feel attacked? If not why the reply? DUH!

countyresident

AG - lol. Just lol. Always have to be the last word with everything. It is amusing to see your responses all over LTM comments.

amerigirl

County, It is amusing that some people are so ignorant that they don’t have the knowledge to post about an article and post about the people commenting instead, LOL!!!

BLT

So completely in character, Trump holds the Bible upside down during his bizarre photo-op. Those inclined to see him as the Antichrist don't have to work too hard...

Guest

I thought liberals worshipped science, not superstition.

amerigirl

Guest, how insane, do you think all fascist have the same religion?

pual mase

BLT brought up the antiChrist

amerigirl

Not a prayer said, no moment of silence or anything about what the country is going through. Just a photo op of a church whose parishioners were just tear gassed by his forces. while they were following the law.

pual mase

The park police say they did not use tear gas. They say the “protesters were warned 3 times to leave and began to attack police.

AG lies 20,002 and 20,003

Voltaire

Pual--if the protesters were ordered to disperse and they didn't and became hostile then the police were right to use both mounted units and tear gas to try to force the crowd to disperse.

amerigirl

Pual another one of your lies, got proof. Where is your proof?

Well they lied, because it was on every news station. Arlington County even pulled their cops out because of that action. youtube.com/watch?v=hblX9QwPDaw see for yourself. No one attacked them, especially the religious group they gassed.

pual mase

A smoke bomb is not “gassing”.

Which peaceful protester threw the bottle at Bill Barr.

Keep lowering the bar and making excuses for the protesters......they contribute nothing but anarchy.

AG lie 20,005

amerigirl

Pual, it was me okay? Like a water bottle would do much. That is what you worry about when hundreds of peaceful protesters and reporters were pepper sprayed? Barr has enough padding to survive and the reason he was out there? To set up a photo op that did not go well for trump. One they lied about saying people resisted which the Secret Service denied.

Voltaire

AG--if it was you then you should turn yourself as that is a violation of law. You can do it at the Sheriff's station. Based upon hearing the official account, these peaceful protesters and reporters failed to follow lawful commands, at least 3 times, and thus were in violation and thus deserved what they go (pepper sprayed). Too bad we don't use water cannons on them then you would know that you should follow lawful commands. Also, in other countries, Europe is a good illustration, the failure to follow police command gives the police the unlimited right to use whatever means they have at their disposal to disperse the crowds. France's CRG does that quite frequently. Maybe we should procure water cannons for future demonstrations.

Voltaire

AG--the U.S. Park Police and the other law enforcement agencies out there are not "his forces". The question as to whether they were following the law is debatable, at best.

amerigirl

Barr personally ordered law enforcement officials to clear the streets around Lafayette Square just before President Trump spoke Monday, a Justice Department official said.

loudouncommonsense

Let's find out who's doing the burning and looting! I wouldn't draw any conclusions at the moment. There are many, many people trained in counter-revolution techniques who can easily turn populism into violent extremism: they "hijack" an event and turn it into an opportunity for severe anti-protest reactions. Watch out!

Science Can Save Us

Reichstag fire comes to mind...

Guest

I can see with my own eyes who’s being violent, looting and burning.

Your so-called “populists “ seem easily swayed by your so-called “hijackers”.

Stop with the excuses.

If the so-called peaceful protesters weren’t out there past curfews giving cover to the agitators, these riots wouldn’t be happening.

I see two groups: thugs and enablers.

WisdomGuidedByExperience

From the picture it sure looks like we no longer need to stand six feet apart.

Also, notice how all you have to do is say you care about a problem. You don't actually have to solve the problem. Just by saying you care, you avoid anybody calling you a racist. You also get to virtual signal to others: "well, at least I care, which is more than you are doing."

It's like digging a moral moat around your castle to keep the folks with torches and pitchforks away.

amerigirl

Didn't see trumps team social distancing after he tear gassed peaceful and law abiding protesters either, not even a mask. Is virtual signal a new thing on Fox or something?

pual mase

AG lie 20,004

Voltaire

AG, if the protesters were ordered by police to disperse and they did not, then that is not law abiding. The police, if they fail to follow commands, have the right, by law, to disperse them. One poster stated that the U.S. Park Police warned them 3 times, that is more than sufficient and if they failed to comply then the USPP and associated police agencies were correct in how they handled it.

amerigirl

not true, go to nay major news network and look at their footage, as soon as the police started moving their arms directing them the crowd moved. So did the reporters they got it all on tape, even while being tear gassed. I don't care what rights you say they have because that is not what happened. Did they have the right to pull down someone's mask and spray tear gas in their face? Did they have the right to shoot non-lethal bullets into the crowd and bling someone?

Voltaire

AG, whether you like it or not that is the law. DC is under a State of Emergency and that declaration gives the police the authority/right to disperse groups of protesters who fail to follow lawful command by the incident commander. Period. You should be glad this is the USA, because in other countries, such as France, where law enforcement have the authorization to do whatever they want if you do not comply with the lawful command and there are no questions asked. Would like to be doused by a water cannon unit? Tear gas does not work like you are describing. Pepper spray does and yes, if the crowd is showing hostility to the officer then yes, it is reasonable for the officer to do that to make the individual backup. Yes, it is also reasonable for law enforcement to use non-lethal bullets to disperse a crowd, it is a common riot control technique.

amerigirl

They were not ordered to disperse, they were ordered back 3 blocks. They were abiding and moving. So how do you justify that? It was on every major news station, how could you not have seen it? So if a commanding police officer says to shoot someone they should follow that order? The Secret service in their written incident report said that was not true. They stated that they had never been been warned, were following instructions and were pepper gassed anyway. Military personnel have spoken out against it. There is a lot of footage because the news teams were in with that crowd, They saw nothing being thrown, they retrieved the canisters that were thrown. They had Absolutely no right to attack American citizens like that.

amerigirl

Vol, you still don’t get it. Those protesters had every right to be there. If it is unconstitutional then they don’t have the right. First, what state of emergency? You mean the one that expired in May? DC does not have a declared state of emergency. The only thing imposed by DC was a curfew. France, it’s like we are in a banana republic now. Tear gas and pepper spray have the same effect, check the CDC website. NOBODY was showing any hostility, you need to get all the facts and stop saying that, it is not true.

amerigirl

pual, want to see the picture? You are so petty trying to say the truth is a lie to fit your agenda, petty, petty, petty! You can watch him and his posse all without their masks leave the white house and go for the photo op. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ShnqmiKLE8 unless you think c=span lies too.

pual mase

Let’s see, are we to believe the media that has been lying to us for the past 4 years or a Park Police official on the scene?

Voltaire

Pual--I would take the statement of the United States Park Police incident commander on the scene of the activity.

amerigirl

Pual, or you could take the word of the secret service who wrote in their incident report that the protesters were not warned and they were pushed back using pepper balls, rubber bullets and shields. If your tired of lies stop watching fox.

amerigirl

Vol, find that statement, Until then I believe the secret service.

Voltaire

AG--I don't have to find the statement. The U.S. Park Police spokesperson told you what the incident commander stated. It still doesn't excuse the failure of protesters to follow lawful commands of the police. Is it that hard to do? You want to protest, fine, but follow the lawful commands and police will not use lawful riot control techniques. As I have said previously, you should thank your stars that this is not Europe where water cannons would have made you move or face being clobbered by riot police who have the legal authority to do practically anything that is required to make you disperse.

amerigirl

Vol, accept it, The U.S. Park Police spokesperson told you what the incident commander stated, and the commander lied. Don’t tell people who to follow if those they are going to follow are going to lie about it anyway, hypocritical. If you can no longer trust law enforcement in this country who can you trust? We have the worse leadership the country has ever seen and he is spreading it down through the ranks. Screw the oaths they took when they took their positions, those are out the window. We now have a president that referred to the peaceful protesters who were forcibly dispersed from a park near the White House on Monday evening as "terrorists." Air Force veteran Jennifer Dane. "Promoting a letter that labels American citizens peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights as 'terrorists' is an egregious breach of his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Now more than ever, it is absolutely crucial that Trump be held accountable for his reckless actions." Mattis released a statement Wednesday cautioning that the US "must reject any thinking of our cities as a 'battlespace' that our uniformed military is called upon to 'dominate.' " “I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled,” Mattis writes. “The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values—our values as people and our values as a nation.” He goes on, “We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.” He is just one of the Generals speaking out. People are reigning from positions in the white house because they won’t go along with trumps unethical actions. This isn’t about just what the rules of conduct are.

Skyprince

romano, what are you smoking? The only people who will vote for Trump are you and his dumb as stone base. What he did today solidifies that Bidey Boy will win...thanks to you and Trump for taking care of November for us!! Disgraceful..he is truly a sick mentally challenged man to use a church for a reality show prop..have you no soul?

Guest

Biden will have lost the rest of his meager mental facilities by election day.

Keep supporting your pandering liberal losers and watch the country go up in flames.

Good plan to lock up the vote of the rioters.

Guest

Go away Russian troll!

pual mase

Liberals set, fires and then blame the firemen.

Liberals yell fire in the theater then shutdown speech by those that complain.

You go away fool.

Voltaire

Da Comrade Guest! Give me a break. Can you prove that individual is a Russian Troll? No.

amerigirl

Are you one of those conspiracy theory people?

amerigirl

Pual, what is wrong with you? Liberals weren't setting fires, they weren't yelling in a theater or shutting down anyone speech. The problem is that any time you don't like something you blame it on liberals, wake up and smell reality.

Science Can Save Us

going up in flames under the orange clown's watch in case you missed it...

Guest

Yes, Trump runs Minnesota Police Department. Putting science in your name, while increasing your smugness, doesn't actually add intellectual depth to your comments. It may appear that way on Twitter or Facebook where you have culled ideas you don't like, but this world is not so black and white.

pual mase

What. a farce! Liberal radicals riot with the support, appeasement and policies of liberal politicians and you have the gall to blame the guy standing u for law and order.

Liberals set fires and then blame the firemen.

Voltaire

Actually, I do believe that State Governors do play a role in effectively keeping the peace within the boundaries of their states. There are Democrats who hold those offices and should be held accountable too if they fail to do what their offices requires. But, hey, let's ignore that because it isn't the rage of the day. BTW, unless the President uses his authority under the Insurrection Act, the Federal response is not that big as the Posse Comitas Act prohibits military performing police functions. So, there really can't be a "massive Federal response" as law enforcement in cities/counties typically falls on state/local government to do.

amerigirl

Pual, again with blaming liberal, oh this time it's liberal radicals, for anything you don't like. Go ask them if they are liberal.

amerigirl

.and you will probably drown in the blue wave.

pual mase

How witty AG

Don’t strain yourself

amerigirl

Poor Pual, I would never strain myself over the likes of you.

pual mase

You are trying way too hard and the quality of your posts suffer....but I enjoy fiction.

amerigirl

for you they suck. Lighten up, be truthful and they won't.

Voltaire

How do you know Joe Biden going to win? They said the same argument for Hillary Clinton and we see how that conclusion was blatantly wrong. Nobody knows what the electorate will determine unless one is a member of the "Psychic Friends Network".

amerigirl

Who got the popular vote? They won't make the same mistake twice and Biden is ahead in every poll even in toss up states.

Voltaire

AG, well that doesn't matter now does it? The electoral college made the determination that Donald Trump won the election. How do you know that? Using the same "realistic" poll data that showed Hillary Clinton as the "winner". Really, I heard from my family in WI that they were tied so nice try on the toss-up argument.

amerigirl

Ah but it does. The people of the US deserve to have representation. He may have stolen the vote this time but that won't happen again. He is already making excuses for himself losing the next election, talking trash as usual about voter fraud, even though his own commission couldn't find any.

Voltaire

AG, the electoral system works and it did work in the 2016 election. Let's face some facts. Hillary Clinton falsely assumed that she was going to win WI. She didn't even bother to put up much of a campaign there. She did that with the other key states too. Why? She falsely assumed that she "had it in the bag" and failed to campaign. Calling people "deplorables" also didn't resonate well in WI or those other key states she lost. Ah but saying that Trump stole votes is nice political cover for the Clinton campaign's inability to campaign in the Midwest (or "flyover country" that the liberal elites like to paint it)) and other states. As for Trump and 2020 campaign, we'll see.

Zamboni

Virtue signaling at its worst! "Look at me, look at me....I don't like what happened in Minneapolis too! Let's Eff with the police in Leesburg, VA so my friends can see my Instagram posts to see how virtuous I am! Look at me!!! please!"

Pathetic. People burning and looting in close quarters....fine. People protesting the Chinese flu lockdown are trying to kill grandma.

LoudounClear

Hmm..which is worse, virtue signaling or race-baiting? We have a lot of both here I'd say. Yours a classic example of the latter.

scottva

LoudounUnclear - You wouldn't know race baiting if it bit you in the...

amerigirl

scott, how would you know what LoudounC knows, authority on everything?

romano

bad news moron and others stricken with TDS....you are watching Trump's re-election chances skyrocket with each window broken by a far left liberal masked rabblerouser. You and your antifa buddies please keep it up!

I don't mind being lumped in with anti-facists like Churchill or Roosevelt. Too bad you Trump supporters aren't Democrats so you could vote over and over again to help your guy. Of course, he lost by 3 million+ votes last time around and people were optimistic about his making the pivot to being President. Ha! 20,000 lies later we know how that turned out.

Voltaire

MAGA, I hate to break it to you but Churchill was a member of the Tory (Conservative) Party in the UK. Also, Trump won the electoral college so he didn't "lose". A civic lesson would be in order.

BLT

Good God, Man, Churchill was an anti-fascist. Remember Herr Hitler? WWII. Step away from the keyboard and go over and read your AARP journal. No more comments for a while.

Voltaire

BLT. Gee, thanks for the history lesson. I know that Churchill was an anti-fascist.

Good God, Man, Churchill was an anti-fascist. That wasn't the point however my point must be a little more sophisticated than you can comprehend, no? I am well aware of WWII and who the leader of Nazi Germany and don't need you to remind me of it. Thanks. Like blanket characterizations? How do you know what my age is? But that's okay to commit slander by making disparaging comments about the elderly (ref: AARP journal). I hate to break it to you but this is America and I will do whatever I feel like and you don't have the right to tell me otherwise. Who appointed you the LTM website monitor? Nobody.

amerigirl

nit picking again. He lost the popular vote, he probably cheated to get the electoral college. That will be one of the first things to go next November.

pual mase

@Moron is a bot agitating trouble in all his posts . Fact free outrageous lies are his game.

He at least admits his sympathies are with the domestic terrorist group antifa.

amerigirl

They are only now named a terrorist group because of trump, he must be afraid of them. He also said they were rioting and yet no one is claiming to be with antifa.

Guest

Rent free.

Guest

Nobody is lumping you in with leaders of any sort.

amerigirl

But MAGA, they firmly believe those lies.

Voltaire

AG, my "nit picking" is my right so get over it. Yes, he lost the popular vote. Can you prove that "conspiracy theory" about the electoral college? Probably not, yet you can bust others for conspiracy theories and that is hypocritical at the least. I don't think the electoral college is going anywhere.

jke

I do not agree with Philipps, Randall and Wexton but the crowd's behavior was hunky dory.

Freedom

The protest was a just cause and the issue is serious. But now the enemy is covid19- please encourage all that we’re there to be diligent with signs or symptoms. Pray for no infections - beat the virus !

Guest

The riots would not be happening without the smokescreen of “peaceful”protests.

Maybe peaceful protesters feel better about themselves, but they have to ask themselves if they are enabling violence.

When you look at the whole picture, what do these protests accomplish except more violence, division and resentment.

So-called leaders like the Loudoun NAACP, Wexton, Randall, Samirah are perpetuating racial division with these stupid publicity stunts that actually undermine the cause of racial healing.

amerigirl

So you think that peaceful protesters should lose their voices because other might do something? Those right are protected under the bill of rights. It is the jurisdiction that has to set up and enforce curfews. You just can't start stripping peoples rights away. It is the ignorance of people, some who don't even realize that they are racist that are perpetuating racial division with these stupid publicity stunts that actually undermine the cause of racial healing. Like the ones in these posts that think all the protesters are liberal rioters.

Freedom

Everyone has a right to protest , when it becomes a riot dc has a law in place

§ 22–1322. Rioting or inciting to riot.

(a) A riot in the District of Columbia is a public disturbance involving an assemblage of 5 or more persons which by tumultuous and violent conduct or the threat thereof creates grave danger of damage or injury to property or persons.

(b) Whoever willfully engages in a riot in the District of Columbia shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 180 days or a fine of not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01, or both.

(c) Whoever willfully incites or urges other persons to engage in a riot shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 180 days or a fine of not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01, or both.

(d) If in the course and as a result of a riot a person suffers serious bodily harm or there is property damage in excess of $5,000, every person who willfully incited or urged others to engage in the riot shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 10 years or a fine of not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01, or both.

pual mase

i think the legitimate protesters should use better judgement and use tactics that don’t encourage rioting. Yes they may a right to protest, but it is not always the right thing to do. How many ethnic and racial minorities have successfully assimilated in this country despite brutal discrimination? How many have resorted to demonstrating and rioting, calling others racist?

The images of blacks looting and violence isn’t helping them.

Voltaire

AG, the Government, under a state emergency actually can suspend rights and freedoms under the Constitution such as the right to habeas corpus. Further, the First Amendment (the right to peacefully assemble") can be suspended by the Government. In those cases, law enforcement can break up gatherings that are either (1) violent or (2) raise a clear and present danger of violence. (Cantwell vs. State of Connecticut (310 US 296 (1940)) The Government can also set rules on where, when, and how public protests as long as those restrictions are reasonable. As long as the curfews are reasonable, they can impose them and enforce them.

Guest

Thanks Phyllis Randall & Jennifer Wexton for organizing this protest during a pandemic as soon as we finally move onto phase 1. I guess we could use this as a test to see if we can gather in groups of 1,000 or more safely. Now urge everyone in attendance to get tested in 2 weeks or lets wait and see if our numbers spike and then blame it on opening up too quickly.

Just spent 10 minutes of my life that I'll never get back, listening to Trump's incoherent, rambling wreck of a phone call with state governors. The man has lost it and is more than willing to take our country down if it means he can change the subject from his miserable handling of the coronavirus and maybe gin up excitement in what's left of his supporters. So sad. When America needs a leader to calm things down and begin getting us back to normal, we get this guy who knows only one political move: drive wedges between cracks in the social fabric. If Putin's not directing this it is only because our Mango Mussolini is doing it for him.

scottva

Didn't get your government check yet huh? You and CindyWHO are a match made in Liberal heaven. You always post comments that are empty, neither of you know your left from right and you lack credibility. Spend some time reading and learning.

If "learning" is what it takes to make your typical comment, Scottva, I just go along like I'm doing. I expect the bitter-ender, Baghdad Bob's of MAGAworld to keep the cheers going as the rest of the country just says 4 more minutes of this is too much winning, not even considering 4 more years.

scottva

Then maintain course. But I gotta tell you, your Liberal cohorts also posting comments must absolutely cringe when they see another comment from you or Ms. WHO, because you continue to make my point. Calling you ignorant would be wrong, besides you demonstrate that very well. Keep up the good work!

Guest

ScottVA you're still here? C'mon. Do I need to remind you again why this is going on? THE WHOLE WORLD'S WATCHING! THE WHOLE WORLD'S PROTESTING. We are tired of people like you. You are a dust mite.

Voltaire

Guest--gee I thought the point of protesting was for social change not telling certain people that they cannot voice their opinion. BTW, the whole world is not protesting. I don't see parts of Europe/Latin and South America/Asia/Africa participating or "watching". Give me a break. Like making juvenile name calling statements? Really awe inspiring and motivating, not!

Guest

Hey Voltron. Is this how you justify your existence? You are dust mite numbers. As in dust mite excrement

Voltaire

Guest--The Voltron reference is real cute. Spend a little too much time watching Cartoon Network and reading anime, do we? I don't have to justify my existence to you or anyone else. Do you have any proof that support that I am in the "dust mite".

You don't know, I might be in the 1% club and commenting on this post is a form of recreation. That last statement is juvenile and not worth a retort.

amerigirl

Scott, grow up and address people by the name they chose. Stop with the thirds grade tactics. Oh, and the name calling, especially when you can’t come up with a comeback, suddenly everyone else is ignorant because you can’t respond.

amerigirl

Vol, saying you are tired of listening to someone is NOT telling certain people that they cannot voice their opinion. Stick to facts and not made up exaggerations. You don’t see because you didn’t look. The UK, thousands of people marched through London on Sunday to support the demonstrations in the U.S. sparked by Floyd's death. Starting at Trafalgar Square and moving through the city to the U.S. Embassy, British demonstrators chanted slogans including "I can't breathe," and "Black Lives Matter." China state broadcaster CCTV Saturday described the violence between police and protesters in the U.S. as a "cup of bitter wine distilled by the U.S. politicians themselves." Racism, the commentary said, is the "darkest shadow on American history and the scar that will not heal." New Zealand; Several thousand people marched Monday in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, to protest George Floyd's death and show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Australia The rally was presented as a peaceful protest against the overrepresentation of indigenous Australians in Australia's criminal justice system as well as in solidarity for Floyd who was "brutally and inhumanly murdered." Thousands of protesters are expected at similar rallies planned for the Australian cities of Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide on Saturday. It made the news in Iran. Brazil; Hundreds of people protested crimes committed by the police against black people in Rio de Janeiro's working-class neighborhoods, known as favelas. Police used tear gas to disperse them, with some demonstrators saying "I can't breathe," repeating Floyd's own words.

Voltaire

AG, I did not say that people cannot voice their opinion, now did I? Prove me to the contrary. I am sticking to facts, thanks. Did every country in Europe/Asia/Latin America participate in demonstrations? No, therefore when I said "parts" I was right. I watch international news/business programming so I do look. That statement is presumptuous that I don't.

amerigirl

Vol, that is not what I said, reread the sentence. I said - saying you are tired of listening to someone is NOT telling certain people that they cannot voice their opinion. In response to you saying --gee I thought the point of protesting was for social change not telling certain people that they cannot voice their opinion. Understand? Every country, who knows there are probably countries that we have never even heard of. You also don’t know what those other “parts” are doing do you? If you feel that strongly about being right, please do. If you are watching all that so much can you give countries that haven’t watched what is going on, and how you know they didn’t watch?

Voltaire

AG, the statement speaks for itself..." I thought the point of protesting was for social change not telling certain people that they cannot voice their opinion." That sentence structure is clear enough to understand the intent behind. The point of protesting is for social change, provided it is lawful. No? Appreciate the condesending tone (Understand?). No, the point was that not every part of the world is demonstrating. You pointed out specific examples but, for example, Europe is more than France, Germany even UK (although removed by BREXIT). As for Asia/Latin America/Africa, how about South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Morocco, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Russia, Sweden, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, Myanmar, Colombia, Belize, Dominican Republic, Ecuador?

amerigirl

Attacking people again? grow up! If only you could spend as much time on the actual article as you do trying to cut people down. I guess it's your form of a ego boost.

LetsBreal

He's not taking the country down. In fact, what he's doing is he's not capitulating to your idiotic ideology. Most know what this is. It's a power struggle the left has been playing for 50 years. Don't act like it isn't.

You want calm? Then you progressives act to calm. Your Saul Alinsky tactics for power will gain no traction any longer.

You placed your bet on a simple-minded, narcisstic rich kid who never did a thing in his life but run through dad's money and create a marketable persona he could make a grifter's living at. You were so impressed with his racism--remember the birther nonsense that brought him and others who thought a black president was a curse--that you went all in. Now you may still have a problem admitting where we're at but the triple winning whammy of virus, unemployment and racial tension is just a little too much for most of us. All three of these devils were made worse by Trump, though if you want to argue he was just an innocent bystander and it's all a Chinese plot, well, cling to that, my friend.

LetsBreal

Sorry your gal lost, but it's gonna be a long five years for you.

Speaking of racism... "If you have a problem figuring out if you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black" - Joe Biden, May 22, 2020

"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," Biden said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” - Joe Biden, January 2007

Hilarious! Biden is Obama's Vice President for EIGHT YEARS and couldn't get his endorsement until there was no other choice. The slow motion DNC train wreck continues. Maybe you should quit while you're behind.

amerigirl

Let's, terrible comeback. And you know what Biden can do that trump never would ever do in his entire life? He will admit when he is wrong and apologize.

amerigirl

Lets, there isn’t a chance in hades that trump will be re-elected after these last 2 crises. He killed off a lot of the older population that carried him in places like Michigan. He will probably lose a lot of the religious votes from his stunt yesterday. The republican leaders aren’t as afraid of him as they used to be. Some don’t even want his endorsement. You would think that trump was running against Obama with all the comparisons and lies he throws out on a regular basis

pual mase

Biden has had a lot more practice being wrong and apologizing.

amerigirl

Shameful isn't it since trump has been wrong so many more times than Biden.

pual mase

The liberals go nuts and riot, protest and burn and then blame Trump for not calming things down.

Can’t make this stuff up unless you think like a red nose clown.

Here's a liberal, that old George Will...taking the nation's pulse right now. I'm sure you'll have to take away his MAGA credentials now but I offer it only to show it's not blue-blooded liberals who've had enough: This unraveling presidency began with the Crybaby-in-Chief banging his spoon on his highchair tray to protest a photograph — a photograph — showing that his inauguration crowd the day before had been smaller than the one four years previous. Since then, this weak person’s idea of a strong person, this chest-pounding advertisement of his own gnawing insecurities, this low-rent Lear raging on his Twitter-heath has proven that the phrase malignant buffoon is not an oxymoron.

scottva

@Moron - Here you go again, you know absolutely nothing about what you try to speak. Where have you been for the past 4 years? You're trying to make a point about a guy, George Will, that has NEVER had MAGA credentials, he has been against Trump from the beginning and thank God because he has been wrong at every turn. So if you think George Will's contempt is anything new, then you're stuck further back in time than I thought.

Guest

@Moron

Seems like malignant buffon comes easily to you.......wonder why/

amerigirl

scott, there is no one posting here @moron. In fact that is for tweeting you'd have to be a moron not to know that.

amerigirl

Pual, still blaming everything on liberals? Liberal were the ones that were peacefully protesting not the idiots that took advantage of the situation. It is trumps job as president to calm the nation, but he was never good at his job.

pual mase

Yes I do blame the liberals and you in particular for aiding and abetting riots.

amerigirl

Pual you blame is misplaced. Most of the actual protester were gone before night fall. If you think it was only liberals that were there you are very wrong. It was about social justice not politics, there were all kinds of people there. It is not the job of the protesters to stop any other group especially if it would endanger them. How were they aiding and abetting riots? They were peaceful protesters.

amerigirl

Even republican governor Charlie Baker of Mass said "I heard what the President said today about dominating and fighting. I know I should be surprised when I hear incendiary words like this from him, but I'm not," "At so many times during these past several weeks when the country needed compassion and leadership the most, it was simply nowhere to be found." He really just doesn’t know how to handle any type of crisis, this or the virus. You know he’s going to blame Obama for this too.

LetsBreal

"BET founder Robert Johnson calls for $14 trillion of reparations for slavery" - CNBC, June 1, 2020

scottva

If that's what Mr. Johnson is calling for then we should be entitled to a slave, right? Why should I pay for something I had nothing to do with and why should someone receive money for something they aren't or ever were. My comment is as ridiculous as his. I'll gladly pay for manual labor but I'll be damned if I'll pay for something with no return.

amerigirl

Scott, are you that dense that you don’t know what reparations are? Definition: the making of amends for a wrong one has done, by paying money to or otherwise helping those who have been wronged. You actually encouraged slavery?????? You may not have had anything to do with it but your government has. They were forced to work with no return, just like you would refuse to do.

Voltaire

AG, so then it is acceptable to create a wealth redistribution scheme in order to pay for an act that the Government may or may not (it hasn't been proven). You want to pay more taxes? That is not acceptable. That is also a good way for the USA to lose incoming revenue as those people who have the resources would leave and take their capital to other parts of the world. Companies would move too as it would not be economically advantageous to maintain operations here. Keep increasing taxes, and that scenario will happen. From an economic perspective, manual labor is not slavery as they are paid wages for work performed.

amerigirl

Vol, use some imagination. Not wealth distribution scheme but fairness. Make sure the minimum wage is a living salary. Stop giving all the tax breaks to the wealthy and give it to the everyday worker. Make sure that all businesses pay overtime to hourly workers. There are many things that can be done. Do you think it fair that companies that make millions and billions every year don’t pay their hare of taxes? Those people who have left are gone. They should have to pay taxes on any business ventures they have within US borders. Cruise lines that want US bailouts should not get them if they are flying under another flag, but they got them. If they want bailouts, they should have paid taxes. Why does our tax money go to bailing out those companies?

Voltaire

AG, I can use my imagination, thank you for your concern...No, the proposed reparation tax concept is a wealth distribution scheme and socialism. You are taking away money from people who legitimately earned it and allowing the Government to redistribute it across the entire social society. That meets the economic definition of socialism in that everyone is equal and those societies redistribute the wealth. Companies that are making millions and billions every year are doing so by selling products/services that the public is willing to pay for. Do you want the Government to run them? That is a core tenet of socialism too. The reason that those companies do not pay tax is that the tax code allows them to have deductions and they are legally taking them. If you don't like that, look at/talk to the political class, both Democrat/Republican, who have allowed the loopholes. Well, if you go down this proposed approach, you will see more people leaving and they will take their businesses with them. Those actions will result in layoffs and additional government costs (unemployment insurance). As for the cruise lines, they, if they indeed got them (I haven't seen anything on CNBC/Bloomberg that says that they did), got them because they employ people in the USA and, due to COVID-19, they may have had to file for bankruptcy since passenger volume would be significantly impacted. Personally, I have no problem with the use of economic/corporate Darwinism and letting financially unsustainable industries/companies go bankrupt. That would allow the successful firms to acquire them. However, the political class/liberal elites would not like that as that would require massive layoffs of redundant people. That's an unnecessary cost expense and companies should eliminate them.

Guest

Nobody should be playing this game of faux-racism outrage anymore.

Robert Johnson’s call for reparations expose what this is all about.......more free stuff.

amerigirl

payback's a B.

Voltaire

You won't be singing that tune when you have to do your taxes and they have gone through the roof due to the efforts to "rectify" social injustice.

Guest

Buy Nike stock

amerigirl

They shouldn't have to make the working Joe cover it, they should stop giving the rich all the tax breaks. That's my tune.

Voltaire

AG, if you are so concerned about the tax code, you need to talk to the political class that developed the tax loopholes. Also, everyone, including you, will be required to pay it as the Government will not differentiate between groups in tax collection/compliance enforcement.

Voltaire

Guest--Not a bad idea. Thx.

pual mase

Hey AG the top 10% pay 70% of federal income taxes.

The bottom 90% only pay 30% of federal taxes.

Some tax break for the rich!

Reparations is another socialist scheme.

amerigirl

Pual, that really shows income inequality. They are still getting huge tax breaks, now try it with corporations not people. The top 1% make more money than the bottom 90%. so they should carry the burden of higher taxes.

amerigirl

Vol, first please stop saying things like ‘if you are so concerned about’, it is my opinion. It was trump that gave the rich the huge tax breaks with his tax policy. The latter won’t happen.

Voltaire

AG--the last time that I checked this is the USA and I will communicate however I see fit and will use whatever diction such as things like ‘if you are so concerned about’ whenever it is appropriate. That is my right. You have no right to correct people's communication methods because they don't suit you. That is a sign of a liberal elitist.

amerigirl

Fine Voltaire, you talk how ever you see fit about what I think because you know so much about it. Last time you looked it was the USA, and it was democratic. It may not be for much longer, enjoy those rights while you have them. As you can see there are lots of Americans that are losing that right. That is a sign of fascism.

hardworkingamerican

Amen Iluvloudoun, nothing else needs to be said by anyone. Amen

springerdad

Social distancing only matters if you are indoors or sitting on a patio eating and drinking.

For a good old protest lets cram as many people as we can into a small space. Who cares about that 6 foot rule.

Take a look at Wexton on photo 19. Who is selfish now???

Iluvloudoun

What hypocrites!!! Randall keeps businesses closed. Schools and churches are closed, graduations cancelled but they could have hundreds of thousands of people show up for this?? There was no control over how many could show up! The shutdown shows how little the Democrats care about Loudoun and it’s struggling businesses and workers!! Wake up voters and see that this shutdown was to kill the Republicans thriving economy. Dems only care about their political career and they care nothing about us and our wonderful country!!!

sterlingVA

IluvLoudoun is 100% correct. Randall, Wexton, and any other local politicians at this event are HYPOCRITES and phonies.

Hal Donahue

The economy is shut down because this what can only now be called Trump virus was allowed to spread across the nation by what can only be called a grossly negligent federal response.

This was a peaceful demonstration for another horrific police crime and the fact Congresswoman Wexton and other leaders appearing in support helped to keep it that way.

Jeanne T

How many other peaceful demonstrations did you read about this weekend?

I'll give you some time to find out.

There were many, Jeanne T. They don't feed the narrative that uppity agitators are making a mess out of our nice little world but those peaceful protests did and continue to happen. Turns out there are many here among us who think there's something to this "black people aren't treated the same as white people" thing and we think it's worth some effort to try to help fix that.

MR6

Jeanne, dont be that person. Dont feign ignorance of the fact that peaceful protests have occurred across the country. I wish to think you were raised better.

RoundHillGuy

Hal, I remember when I viewed the world with child like wonder too. Iluvlouodoun nailed it!

ace10

Can't tell if serious.l

marv

Hal, your trying to blame Trump is B S.

Voltaire

Hal, actually, no, COVID-19 is a biological virus originating out of Wuhan China, not Trump Tower. During a public health emergency, the Federal Government is not the lead agency for mitigation/containment, that would be the Commonwealth of Virginia and local governments. If you find that the response to be negligent, then you should blame Governor Northam and Chairperson Randall as they represent the governmental elements responsible for mitigation/containment. The Federal Government is only responsible for supporting the mitigation effort through policy guidance and logistics.

I am glad that the demonstration was peaceful however the demonstrators were in non-compliance with social distancing requirements so way to go helping everyone fight the COVID-19 pandemic (sarcasm added). As to "horrific police crime," how can you say all police use of force incidents are "horrific police crime"? The answer is that you can't but that's okay because that is what the popular opinion is. Further, there has been no definitive establishment of a "crime". Has a court of law determined the guilt or innocence of any of those officers in Hennepin County, MN? No, there has been no trial yet. In order to convict, you would have to establish that a "crime" has occurred and that hasn't been done yet. Finally, Congresswoman Wexton and Chairperson Randall and other of the county's leadership present shouldn't be commended as they helped circumvent the Governor's efforts at fighting the COVID-19 by failure to enforce social distancing and possible encouraging the spread of COVID-19 as some of those protesters weren't properly wearing their masks and therefore increasing possibility of transmission.

MR6

You are wrong here. In a pandemic or ANY national emergency it is the responsibility of the federal government (of the people, by the people, for the people) to protect all within the land. By your comment you belittle the reach of the federal government and effectively dilute your own vote and extinguish your voice. Stop peddling misinformation, please.

ace10

I don't think that MR6 understands how the responsibilities of the States and the Federal government are divided and distributed. In fact, I KNOW that to be the case.

Voltaire

MR6--no, your argument is wrong on multiple levels. This is the United States of America and a Federalist Republic. As such, the Federal Government, unlike central governments found in Europe, does not have the ability to unilaterally intervene in all matters big or small. For example, in the instance of a public health emergency, it is the responsibility of the state/local government to handle the mitigation of the pathogen. The Federal Government is there only to provide guidance, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate logistic support. That is basic SOP for public health emergencies. The Federal Government cannot just unilaterally become involved in a matter that is the responsibility of the state/local governments as that would violate the U.S. Constitution. Also, the Federal Government becomes involved in natural disasters under the authority of the Stafford Act and that happens only when (1) a formal declaration asking for Federal help (Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)) is enacted or (2) requested by the Governor of the State. In cases of civil disorder, the Federal Government, notably military, cannot intervene due to the Posse Comitas Act. The military becomes involved in police actions only if the State Governor requests National Guard assistance or the President can enact the Insurrection Act. No, I am not belitting the role of the Federal Government however it cannot be "everything to everyone". The Constitution also says anything that is not delineated in the document falls under the control of the State Government. The separation of power/responsibility and checks in balances are in there for a reason. How does the fact that the Federal Government cannot do everything for everyone impact my voice and vote? The answer is it doesn't The assumption is simply wrong and a civics lesson would be encouraged. Since I am not "peddling misinformation" your claim is false. Further, I am allowed under this Federalist Republic to say whatever I want and whenever I want to. Get over it.

amerigirl

Vol, wrong, once trump declared a National Emergency under the National Emergencies Act to waive U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations and any federal regulation necessary to expedite public health preparedness and response, also authorized a FEMA Emergency for all states, territories and tribes to support funding of emergency protective measures and provide direct federal assistance. This was not a Stafford Act emergency, but a declared National emergency. The HHS secretary now has the authority to temporarily waive or modify certain requirements. This includes the Medicare, Medicaid, and State Children’s Health Insurance programs and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule throughout the duration of the public health emergency. HHS is responsible for coordinating government agencies (CDC, FDA, asst secretary for preparedness and response), private sector, (labs mostly). Trump tried to push it off, even had wording changed on the FEMA site about the national stockpile, but that doesn’t change the structure.

Were the people directed by law enforcement to go to or stay in certain areas for the protest? That would take priority. Who said ALL police use of force incidents are "horrific police crime"? Undue use of force is a horrific crime but that doesn’t mean that all police do it. Our BOS member should be commended for supporting equal rights. They were outdoors. Executive Order 63 requires Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor settings to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The section on social distancing says; Maintain distance of approximately 6 feet from others when possible.

Why worry about where Covid started, worry about where it is.

amerigirl

Ace, you know not. Check it out on the Govt web site.

Voltaire

AG, no, actually I am correct, there was a formal executed declaration (National Emergencies Act) and thereby the Federal Government was allowed to do what was identified in your posting. The reference to the Stafford Act was to discuss the Federal Government's role in natural disasters.

As to the reference of "horrific police crime", I asked the question of how you can characterize all use of force like that. Apparently, my answer that you can't paint it all that way is correct. Did the BOS Chairperson encourage people to stay 6' apart? Those photos showed that was not the case and showed them with constituents that clearly were not 6' apart so they both were non-compliance with the EO based on the language in the EO. So, they were outdoors. OK, was there a breeze? As medical experts have said, if there is a breeze then the possibility of COVID-19 spread expands greater than 6'. Also, as I stated, the photos show improper wearing of face coverings so the spread of COVID-19 was there as the medical experts have stated that "simple breathing" can possibly spread it.

amerigirl

Vol, yes I know, it was a comparison on how they work. Like I said before if you feeling that you are right is that important to you than feel that way, but you are comparing a national disaster to a state’s response. How did it characterize all use of force, it didn’t, it characterized "horrific police crime", thus the word horrific? Was it the job of the BOS to tell people to stay 6ft apart if the cops were telling them where to be? Does it look like there was enough space for them to be that far apart? As I stated before it is not in the new governors Executive Order 63 . The governor says that wearing a mask is essential to protect others when going into businesses since they are "one of the most vulnerable places." As far as social distancing it is listed under tips: Maintain distance of approximately 6 feet from others when possible

Voltaire

AG, it is not a question about "feeling right". It is about accuracy. If you are going to get into technical terms and concepts then they need to be identified correctly. I compared the role of the Federal Government in various scenarios (use of military in civil unrest/Federal Government/State Government role in public health emergency and Federal Government role in natural disaster). All three scenarios outlined are correct. A poster used the term "horrific police crime." The poster was referring to George Floyd which is a use of force item. So, my initial question of asking how you can say all police of force incidents are horrific police crime is germane. So, actually it is the job of the local government to support the Governor's Executive Order on social distancing/mask wearing and included telling people to stay 6 feet apart. The police telling where they stand does not excuse the elected local officials duty to support the Governor's order. Based on the photographs in the article, yes, since it appeared that the streets around the courthouse were cordoned off that there was enough space for them to be that far apart? As I stated before it is not in the new governors Executive Order 63 . The governor says that wearing a mask is essential to protect others when going into businesses since they are "one of the most vulnerable places." The medical experts say that mask wearing is important outside in addition to inside. Based on those photos, people were not properly wearing masks. Was there a breeze? If there was a breeze, it is possible that the virus would have a greater geographic area to contaminate as people were too close together, not wearing masks correctly.

amerigirl

Vol, if it was about accuracy you would have gotten all the facts. Too much post and all the same old BS, not worth my time.

Guest

not too one-sided comments! Where's the compassion for the dead man that got his face mashed into the asphalt?

pual mase

Where’s your compassion for the cop killed in The Oakland riot. He was black too if that matters to you.

Where’s your compassion for the dozens of secret service agents injured in last night’s riot?

Where’s your compassion for the many business owners and employees whose stores were looted or burned?

Where’s your compassion for the communities damaged in riots that will take years to rebuild?

Spare us your false outrage.

scottva

A murdered black cop doesn't count on their scoreboard. Which underscores your "Spare us your false outrage" comment.

Guest

"That wasn't a real black cop, we know better than him!"

amerigirl

Hard to listen to you talking about compassion, it doesn't feel real

Voltaire

AG, a tad judgmental no? How do you know if pual is compassionate or not? Can you look into his heart and make that determination? No.

amerigirl

Vol, NO, not a tad judgmental at all, we have had a back and forth for a long long time. I don't have to look into his heart he wears it on his sleeve,.

LeesburgFan

This is a textbook example of politicians "cherry-picking" on the recommended behavior they have endorsed for months. I don't think Northam or Randall issued any kind of statements pre-rally to discourage these assemblies. Let's just put the pandemic aside, and the 66 deaths in Loudoun, and the folks who are on vents in ICU. You are right, amazing hypocracy by our so-called leaders.

DCNative

School Board Members in attendance were the Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan, Leesburg District Beth Barts, At-Large Denise Corbo and Ashburn District Harris Medevi. Because they were in attendance, in violation of the Governors Social Distancing rules, specifically EO# 61 where "All public and private in-person gatherings of more than 10 individuals are prohibited...."

I believe their attendance is a Statement of Endorsement. So if it's ok to attend this, why not have school, or in person graduations.

If LCPS endorses this by not reprimanding the School Board Reps, what does that say for LCPS leadership and the future of our schools?

Completely disenfranchised.

scottva

But are we surprised? Nope. Do as I say not as I do.

stopit

great people peacefully supporting our friends and neighbors. the bunker side feels sorely left out.

Jeanne T

And your point is what?

pual mase

Stopit

I am most certainly not in a bunker and zero interest in participating in your little victimhood parade.

Bunsnpigs

I don’t care what anyone says about Loudoun and being ‘lily white’ or protesting because it’s easy since we don’t have a problem. Well, the posts on our Facebook women’s page shows that we do have a terrible problem and you don’t know it you are ‘lily white’ because you aren’t a target. We need to show our support for people of color everywhere, show that ‘Black Lives Matter’, and vote that coward out of office! I’m proud to protest and stand up for what is right, what is decent, and what is not happening in our country but very much needs to. We are leaderless, rudderless, and the laughing stock of the world.

Virginia SGP

You are about as clueless as can be. Trump led the economy to its strongest in decades bringing about the LOWEST unemployment rate for minorities in history! That will do more good for everybody. Do you not even understand what makes folks lives better?

Police killings have dropped for years. Minorities are not disproportionately affected. You cannot even articulate what the march wanted to happen other than radical Leftist political goal for the presidency. You are the epitome of the Hypocrat movement that just 2 days ago were tellng us folks would die if anyone left their house. Get a clue.

scottva

All live matter Butspig. White people have become targets because of people like you Butspig.

DavisB

when you dilute the BLM message like this you show how racism has continued to evade solutions in our county. We can only hope you kids and grandkids are better

ace10

Does the presence of "Black Power" within the activities of the BLM dilute the message? Does violence and property damage dilute the message? I wonder if the people gathered in Leesburg knew (or cared) that they were shoulder to shoulder with others who hold anti-white viewpoints? The signs and hand gestures tell the story, one simply has to open their eyes to see it and read it.

Jeanne T

Stop your virtue signaling.

Jeanne T

If those promoting "Black Lives Matter" were really concerned about our black brothers and sisters, they wouldn't be out rioting and destroying black and minority-owned businesses and other establishments that minorities depend on for everyday living. BLM is a slogan that now means nothing. And we don't need slogans.

There is only one race, and that is the human race.

pual mase

DavisB

It’s tough to dilute the BLM message that’s made of vapor and lies. Michael Brown assaulted a cop and paid the ultimates price. Cops in the Freddie Gray death in Balt were found not guilty.

Keep crying wolf until the real wolf eats you and people stop paying attention.

Floyd died and shouldn’t have. This is a case for prosecution for murder not a justification for reparations.

scottva

Dilute the BLM message? They were given $100m a few years back, if they can't get their act together and make their message more coherent and stronger without violence, destruction, and racism then they deserve to fall. When was the last time you read in the news about a white supremacist group receiving a $100m donation, heck a $100k donation. My point exactly. Spend some time, review BLM, New Black Panthers, the Black Panthers and white supremacists' mission statements and objectives on their websites and you'll see they have more in common than not.

Guest

amerigirl May 28, 2020 4:23pm

Vol, if that talk prevents more suffering for people like you dad then they should talk. If it convinces even 1 person who could be spreading the virus to wear a mask it is worth it. All lives matter, young and old and people should respect that enough to take precautionary measures to protect others form sickness or death.

Jeanne T

How many of those ANTIFA rioters/terrorists smashing, burning, and looting businesses, including minority and immigrant businesses, in MPLS and around the country this past weekend are "lily white"? Is it their "white privilege" that compelled them to do so? Or something else? What percentage of these terorrists are white?

Ever wonder how slavery came to America. Yup, Virginia got that ball rolling. I guess it's OK if a few people want to take a few minutes out of the Sunday afternoon to say maybe we try to rectify some of that.

Voltaire

MAGA, you may want to read up on your history a little. There were more actors involved in slave trade than just colonists in Virginia. There were European traders (Dutch) and the chiefs of tribes in Africa who helped in it too.

Fix that Voltaire Guy's Know It All Syndrome...

MAGA Moron is right. Our proud state introduced slavery to America. From the 1619 Project: "In August of 1619, a ship appeared on this horizon, near Point Comfort, a coastal port in the English colony of Virginia. It carried more than 20 enslaved Africans, who were sold to the colonists." You can bring in other actors, Mr. V, but they didn't buy the first slaves in America. Virginians did. And from the comments I read here, many still have problems treating Black Americans like anyone else.

Voltaire

Fix that Voltaire Guy's Know it All Syndrome--cute, so you know it then, no? No, MAGA is not correct. BTW, there has been historical debate about the historical "accuracy of the 1619 Project as many historians have pointed out that Project 1619 is attempting revise history for political purposes. I hate to break it to you but you have bring other actors into this slavery, including the chiefs in Africa who sold their people to the Dutch who then sold them here. BTW, Virginia is not a state but a Commonwealth so a geography refresher might be needed.

amerigirl

Nobody there was from Antifa, just because trump says so doesn't make it so. They let people know when they are around. Walz of Minnesota said it was white nationalist,, NYC said anarchists, Antifa is not an organization, and it does not have a leader, membership roles or any defined, centralized structure. It is a vaguely defined movement of people who share common protest tactics and targets. The closest they have come to finding anyone from antifa was a Twitter account that tweeted a call to violence and claimed to be representing the position of "Antifa" was in fact created by a known white supremacist group, Twitter said Monday. The company removed the account.

hardworkingamerican

OK CindyLou, you are the problem and all those like you. Donald Trump passes criminal reform that the scum of Obama and others didn't, while Chicago murdered African Americans in droves. YOU ARE THE PROBLEM. Trump and conservatism is the solution. For your information all of these issue happen in 50 plus year run liberal areas. Trump did for African Americans and others whats no other President had done. He made all matter and took care of the inner cities when piece of garbage Democraps just point the finger in blame as you do. You are a sick disgusting person. Do you know how many people's entire lives have been destroyed? Do you know the only reason that cop has been arrested is because of what Trump did? You are a threat to all hard working Americans that value our freedoms and Bill of Rights. You are the left wing radicals that cheer when people are fire bombed and looted. Get out of this state and go to CA.

scottva

Amen HWA!

StarsAndStripes

Thank you.

The Dude

CindyLou cant afford California so sadly she will have to stay in Sterling

factchecker66

Obama scum? Are you kidding me. President Obama served for eight years all without one scandal. Unlike trump who has thrived on scandal from the moment he took office. He is a total fake from his orange face, badly-bleached hair, more lies than even the fact-checkers can keep count of. Not to mention his incoherent inability to read a simple script. Then we have the cowardice during the Vietnam War when he he claimed bone spurs prevented him from serving while thousands of our finest young people gave their lives. He is a total coward, even hiding in the bunker at the WH during the past week. Then he poses outside a church he never attends and holds a Bible he has never read. The guy is a total fraud, a failure and a yellow-liver coward.

amerigirl

That scumbag trump passed it and then didn't enforce almost any of it. What was the point of enacting it, the ops! Trump is not a solution, look at the country. He can't handle the covid virus crisis. He can't handle the rioting. He has started pollution all over the country, taken away private land for a wall that can be climbed, cut or dug under. The rich are getting richer and the middle class is disappearing. He even wanted to end Obamacare in the middle of a health crisis. All he cares about is getting his name on things, influence and money. Do you know how many lives he has destroyed? Who cheered? It wasn't just left wing radials protesting, there were republicans, people with no party affiliation and independents there. There were religious groups all kinds of people. But those left wing radicals fit your agenda better than the truth. The biggest threat to the bill of rights if your demi-god.

Fiscalconservative

Obviously they are not practicing social distancing, I hope they all get tested.

Antifa-ntasy

There's no condoning looting. There are always low-lifes who take advantage of the moment when it presents itself. Whether it's looting a Target or showing up in the Wisconsin state house armed to the teeth to protest COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, there are always some who take it way too far. So let's not focus on the worst at each end of the spectrum...rather lets look toward the middle and see if we can spot things each of us can do to help unwind some of the problems that have beset our country.

Virginia SGP

Stop talking about all the THUGS like that! You will make folks think that certain communities are being under-policed. I mean, just ignore that virtually every single looter was of the same demographic. They ONLY did that because ..... well ..... their culture is highly suspect?

Speaking of the things that we all can do to help the country: FIRE the worst teachers. That provides a better education to all including the disadvantaged and minorities. Now that is something that all the non-corrupt can get behind.

ace10

Are you trying to compare Americans who are exercising their 1st and 2nd Amendments rights with those who are committing property theft and arson?

factchecker66

Amen.

KK153

Liily white Loudoun County shows that black lives do matter...just not in Loudoun...

NIMBY right liberals...

Loudoun4Trump

Peaceful protest is music to my ears....great cause and I'm sure Trump will get it done....just like the long over due prison reform he enacted....making ANTIFA a terrorist group is a good idea too....no need for looting, stealing, burning, pillaging, throwing rocks and molitove cocktails at cops...

Charles Houston

Exactly

Guest

Lot of right wing cranks on this site.

Voltaire

Possible. But there is also the same number of left wing cranks too.

Mimeo

And many are the same person or persons with multiple identities

Voltaire

True too.

Guest

The comments section on LTM is always full of rw trash. Not representative of the county.

Jeanne T

How does this contribute to a productive discussion?

StarsAndStripes

A lot of left wing cranks on this site.

Voltaire

True statement.