Describing recent protests as mostly peaceful is like calling notorious gangster Al Capone a law-abiding businessman, according to a Republican congressman.
“To describe what happened in Washington D.C. as mostly peaceful protests, I think, is a lot like describing Scott Peterson as a mostly faithful husband, or Al Capone as a mostly law-abiding businessman,” said California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock in a House Natural Resources Committee hearing June 29.
McClintock used exclusive footage from the Daily Caller to show the difference between violent riots and peaceful protests to the committee.
“I think we need to make a distinction between the right to peaceable assembly, which is sacred and protected under our First Amendment and violence, arson, and vandalism, which is not so protected,” McClintock said.
The House Natural Resources Committee hearing was held to address the clash between protesters and the United States Park Police on June 1, in Lafayette Square, which allowed President Donald Trump to walk to St. John’s Church. (RELATED: Park Police Claim Authorities Did Not Use Tear Gas To Clear Lafayette Park, Deployed Other Irritant Instead)
Thousands businesses throughout the country have been looted or destroyed following protests over the death of George Floyd, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody after an officer knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes. (RELATED: ‘I Want To Hang Him From A F**king Tree, Like He Do Us,’ Protester Yells At New York City Cops)
Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.