(Liberty Bell) – Notoriously dramatic Democrat Senator Mazie Hirono (HI) threw a fit during a Senate hearing on Tuesday after pressed by Chairman Ted Cruz (R-TX) to condemn Antifa.
This is today’s Democratic Party. They can’t even be bothered to condemn terrorists.
Of course, Hirono absolutely refused to condemn the far-left, radical militant group that has been behind a number of terrorist attacks in just the last few months alone.
Instead, she stormed out of a Senate hearing.
BizPac Review notes cynically:
Hirono’s refusal to denounce the Antifa riots, looting, arson, and assaults is like the ostrich that buries its head in the sand, hoping this nullifies reality.
Hirono walked out after a testy exchange with Cruz, who was chairing a Senate hearing on the role that Antifa and Black Lives Matter extremists are playing in the alarming escalation of violence around the country.
Cruz slammed Democrats for not condemning Antifa riots, during which thugs burned down churches, torched federal courthouses, and beat up police officers and civilians.
Hirono got upset because Cruz asked her to specifically disavow Antifa instead of spouting vague platitudes about opposing violence.
Hirono said to Cruz: “Sometimes I don’t think you listen. How many times have I had to say that we all should be denouncing violent extremists of every stripe?”
Cruz shot back: “Does that include Antifa?”
Hirono ignored the question and replied: “I hope this is the end of this hearing, Mr. Chairman, and that we don’t have to listen to any more of your rhetorical speeches. Thank you very much. I’m leaving.”
Keep in mind that Democrats like Mazie Hirono have repeatedly demanded that President Trump condemn every fringe extremist who commits any act that can be weaponized against the Right.
.@MazieHirono walks out of Senate hearing after saying calls to defund police are not literal & refusing to denounce Antifa.@TedCruz: "You're welcome to say something negative about Antifa right now."
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 4, 2020
Ever the epic troll, as Hirono was packing up her things, Cruz quipped “I appreciate the kind, uplifting words of Senator Hirono. I would also note that throughout her remarks she still did not say a negative word about Antifa. Nor has any Democrat here.”
He gave her another chance as she was leaving, saying “You’re welcome to say something negative about Antifa right now.”
“She declined to speak, so that is the position of the Democratic Party,” Cruz noted.
That evening, Cruz told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that the thugs of Antifa and Black Lives Matter are being empowered by Democrats like Hirono who refuse to condemn their actions or do anything to prevent the violence.
“We are seeing too many local officials — mayors and governors — who have made a cynical decision that it is in their partisan interest to turn a blind eye to this violence,” he said.
“Not only are [Democrats] not stopping the violence, they are facilitating it. Every one of us has a right to speak. We have a right to protest. But what is happening is not free speech. And those who are peacefully protesting are seeing their protests hijacked by violent anarchists, by Marxists who are engaged in acts of terror,” he continued.
“None of this is complicated: Don’t firebomb a police car. Don’t loot and destroy small businesses. Don’t murder police officers. What is striking is that in four hours of hearing in the Senate subcommittee that I chaired, seven Democrats spoke and questioned the witnesses. Not a single one dared to criticize Antifa in any way because they are making a cynical decision that they want to encourage these radical leftists who are assaulting and threatening American citizens,” he said.