(Liberty Bell) – Justin Timberlake, like many prominent voices are doing right now, has been encouraging his fans to donate to an organization which is providing bail money for those arrested during the nationwide “protests” which have come in reaction to the death of George Floyd in police custody.
Let’s be clear. There are lawful protests, and there are riots. One is not the other. But a disturbing amount of leftists seem unable to distinguish between lawful, peaceful protesters and those who are looting and destroying private businesses.
Do we really believe it’s the law-abiding protesters who are getting arrested, or the criminal rioters?
Texas Senator Ted Truz (R-TX) took issue with Timberlake’s misguided sense of charity, however, and delivered him a tactful yet brutal owning on Twitter over the weekend.
“Justin, how about giving your millions to a fund to help the African-American and Hispanic small businesses that are being burned & looted, rather than a fund to bail out the spoiled (often white) ANTIFA terrorists who are destroying minority communities?” Cruz wrote in response to a tweet from Timberlake which had encouraged his fans to donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund.
Justin, how about giving your millions to a fund to help the African-American and Hispanic small businesses that are being burned & looted, rather than a fund to bail out the spoiled (often white) ANTIFA terrorists who are destroying minority communities? https://t.co/klWyoy4fwn
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 1, 2020
Any genuine supporter of the First Amendment would never, for a moment, take issue with anyone who peacefully and lawfully assembles for the sake of their cause. For example, while many conservatives adamantly disagreed with the premise of the infamous 2017 Women’s March, not one hot take advocated for revoking their permit to hold their march.
We took issue with their causes.
However, the attendants of the Women’s March were not burning down buildings, looting, or committing other acts of vandalism or violence.
The mainstream media has insisted on calling the events that have unfolded in dozens of major cities across the US as “protests,” but protests end where someone else’s private property begins.
As both President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr have made clear, many of the agitators involved in the protests-turned-riots are associated with far-left Antifa, which Trump has now officially designated as a terrorist group.
Countless videos circulating social media show the extent of this gruesome violence, from assault on police officers and civilians to the complete destruction of small businesses to vandalism of national monuments.
Both rioters and law enforcement officers alike have now been killed in the clashes, and many more severely wounded.
How is this “justice”?
The @PhillyPolice arrived to help save businesses where many of the poorest residents shop for food&clothes on S. 52nd Street. Many are minority owned businesses&police vehicles were then Vandalized as officers were outside at the stores, then vehicles set on fire @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/j7u9stkmUX
— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) May 31, 2020
Former NYPD officer and Secret Service agent, author and conservative commentator Dan Bongino also called Timberlake out, posting a sickening video of a group of “protesters” beating a woman outside of a Rochester business with lumber.
“Is @jtimberlake going to bail them out?” he asked.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) May 31, 2020
Breitbart notes, however that “Nonetheless, Timberlake is not alone in his endeavors as several celebrities — including actor Steve Carell and singer Harry Styles — donate to the cause, bailing out protesters who are wreaking havoc and sowing civil discord across America.”
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