June 1, 2020

In cities across the nation this weekend, protests continued over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. And tragically, many of those protests turned violent, with assaults, rioting, burning and looting; from New York City, where two Brooklyn attorneys were arrested over the throwing of a Molotov cocktail into an empty police car

…to Dallas, where a man carrying a machete and allegedly trying to protect his neighborhood was brutally beaten, stoned and left bleeding on the sidewalk.

Federal authorities believe that the radical leftist organization Antifa, which has been staging violent political demonstrations for several years, is behind much of the rioting. Democrats and liberals in the media deny that and are blaming the riots on outside “white supremacists” (Prof. Glenn Reynolds wryly commented, “These riots are entirely justified responses to systemic racism, and the only possible way to force social change, and they’re being instigated by white supremacists”), or on their favorite scapegoat for every story that makes the left look bad, Russian agents.

No, seriously. I wouldn’t joke about this subject, although blaming the current riots and looting on Russia is the most laughable excuse I’ve heard since Hunter Biden claimed that Russian hackers must’ve set up his account at the cheaters’ website, Ashley Madison.

In fact, jail records show most of the arrestees have Minnesota addresses (the looting is largely done by locals), and officials say the hardcore riot-instigating outsiders who were arrested were mostly white, far-left agitators and that “far-right groups have not yet made a significant appearance.”

In a (in my opinion) long-overdue move, President Trump officially declared Antifa to be a domestic terrorist organization, which will help unleash the FBI to investigate and prosecute them for organizing criminal and terrorist activities across state lines (don’t forget the RICO Act, too.) This will also help unveil communications between this group and its secret supporters, which will undoubtedly result in a lot of outraged howling from certain moneyed circles.

Attorney General Bill Barr released a statement explaining the move, which makes the very important point that this is not aimed at prosecuting peaceful protesters but at people who are hijacking the protest movement and ginning up violence and looting that is destroying minority neighborhoods, homes and businesses. Their mindless violence harms the cause of people seeking legitimate reform as much as it harms the quality of life in our cities.

For too long, this group has been indulged like spoiled children throwing a tantrum in the Walmart candy aisle. It’s time that they learned there are serious consequences for serious crimes. Kurt Schlichter put it succinctly when he said that the minute these trust fund babies realize that they’re looking at five years in Leavenworth instead of a small fine and a slap on the wrist, they will start squealing about who’s behind it all. He said, “The $600-an-hour lawyer that daddy hired will tell authorities, ‘Kayden is going to cooperate.’”

(Incidentally, if you think that’s an unfounded stereotype, here’s what a study in Germany revealed about the makeup of radical leftists arrested for violent protests

Apparently, the message about what Antifa is and what it’s really doing, to the detriment of every side of this issue, is lost on the offspring of some blue-state officials where the rioting and looting is at its worst. Jeremiah Ellison is the son of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. He’s also a Minneapolis City Councilman, so he should be old enough to know better than to take to Twitter and officially declare his support for Antifa.

Then again, his dad, who will be expected to oversee the administration of justice against organizers of mob violence, should also be mature enough to know that, but isn’t.

If these are the blue state officials that local residents have to rely on to keep violent radicals from burning down their homes and looting their businesses, then it’s no wonder the feds have to step in. The protesters chant, “No justice, no peace,” but they should realize that peaceful protests will not be heard as long as there’s no justice applied to the violent radicals who are hijacking their movement, harming the very people they claim to want to help, and turning the public against them.

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  • William T Burls

    06/03/2020 09:49 AM

    Has anyone from Antifa been arrested or detained or is this another conspiracy topic? If you want to declare an organization a terrorist entity, start with KKK, Nazi, and do not forget some racist police departments.

  • Julene Pritchett

    06/02/2020 11:54 AM

    Trump was smart he left out the "domestic" part when he made his statement, from what I understand it will carry more weight when it gets to trial! I hope justice will be swift!

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    06/02/2020 09:53 AM

    I remain with those who have a CARRY PERMIT and protect homes and businesses from these CRIMINALS. George died from a heart attack due to many contributing causes, most were self indulged...the restraints didn't help.

  • Steven Lechtenberg

    06/02/2020 09:04 AM

    As always a very good observation Governor. The main problem is the indoctrination that has go on for the last 30 years at these SUPPOSED CENTERS OF HIGHER LEARNING. What can be done to get our colleges back to teaching?? These TENURED egotist that think because of their titles and the alphabet letters after their names entitles them a privilege status that they are all right and their word is final. ANTIFA is a protected terrorist organization. If anyone paying attention and not zombied out of their mind by MSM will see who is silent on these riots and looting going on. Where do the democrats and their wealthy enablers and the MSM stand on these sad showings of supposed support for the Floyd family. I have always said the Democratic Party is willing to destroy the country to get what they want. This is without a doubt the saddest chapter in our country’s history, courtesy of the Democratic Party

  • Vickie Watts

    06/02/2020 07:09 AM

    Last night in Richmond, VA, rioters set fire to a home with a child inside and then briefly blocked the firemen’s access to rescue the family. What is happening in America is unbelievable! Yes, what happened to George Floyd was despicable, but so are the actions of these lawless rioters who have no respect for human life or hard-earned property. I am disgusted that this is happening in my nation and I want the President to take charge so that this mess stops sooner rather than later. We need a new MLK, Jr., not those inciting the riots. I strongly suspect George Soros is funding these rioters so that he can destroy our great nation. I pray to God that he will not be successful!

  • Carol Butler

    06/02/2020 05:29 AM

    This disgraceful behavior is simply the next step in a planned assault on our nation. Where there is no loyalty or respect for the freedoms and rights that Americans enjoy at the cost of many lives, anarchy reigns. There is method to this madness, however. Those who have no love for America lie in wait for an opportunity to destroy what freedom loving citizens treasure most. I pray for strong and fearless leadership Hopefully, there will be an awakening , God willing, and an arousal of determination to rid ourselves of this hateful plague

  • Leonard Lugo

    06/02/2020 01:46 AM

    As Insight, a program on SBN;,SonLife Broadcasting Network, that I see, remarked, this is not America! Unfortunately, we have some bad cops. I have recalled, this same thing happened & it was discovered, was paid looters & riotors. Doing it for $$$$$., . Destroying business, loss of jobs. Im glad President Trump told the Governors, take care of it or I will!!!!!! The wicked left Governor's & media had a melt down! Gotta love it! We're in prayer.

  • James K Mills

    06/02/2020 01:08 AM

    Hi, Governor,

    This whole "riot" thing and how it's okay with some (most) of our leaders sounds like another case of calling good evil and evil good. And I suspect that's all the liberals' fault...

    How did the Democrats (I call them 'rats for short) ever hijack the term "progressive" when they are, in reality, the most anti-progressive political party ever?

    We need to pressure (lobby?) our Congressmen and Senators to change the laws, both federal and state and local laws and regulations to recognize that arson, looting, property destruction, theft, vandalism and all related crimes are CRIMES!!! And we need to make both lawmakers and law enforcement aware that the majority of mainstream Americans are bible-believing Christians with the authority to vote them in or out of office (as the majority of voters). They should be VERY aware of that after the 2016 election, but they seem to hate the idea of being responsible to the people, whom they believe to be ignorant "deplorables"...

    In a similar vein, we need laws to make murdering infants illegal and punishable the same way adult murders are punished. Maybe with even stiffer penalties. If we must, we should get a movement going to write it into law as a constitutional amendment. Now... how can we accomplish that and get it passed into law despite oppositions from the 'rats?

    My wife and I will be praying.

    God bless you, Governor! And all who read your columns!

  • James C Eckerberg

    06/01/2020 11:55 PM

    What do you expect from leftist Mayors & Governors? Back in the old days, 1800's & first 1/2 of the 1900's, Looters were shot on sight! Now it looks like we help them sack up & pack out! More Leftist help!!

  • Norene Clark

    06/01/2020 10:47 PM

    I'm not defending the over zealousness of the police involved in the death of George Floyd but in case anyone's interested, is seems Mr. Floyd was not such "an innocent lamb" himself.... so I thought I might also add
    George Floyd Has An Extensive Criminal History Including Prison & Robbery With A Firearm and when let out of prison in Texas, went to Minnesota and here is his police record:

  • N D

    06/01/2020 09:47 PM

    The notice board of St Johns church where Pres Trump is standing with the Bible in his hand, says "All are welcome". So why did they burn the church?


    06/01/2020 07:55 PM

    As tragic as the death of George Floyd was, the riots around the country are only compounding the problems. What I found interesting was an article and pictures of suspicious piles of bricks appearing in the areas of rioting. These are in areas where there is no construction going on or any reason for them being there. Who's paying for these potential missiles and having them delivered? Perhaps those responsible for the riots!

  • Hans Witt

    06/01/2020 06:18 PM

    Communist, ( Modern Democrat Party)
    Rule by- Chaos, Attrition, & Brute Force

  • Dawn North

    06/01/2020 05:53 PM

    Dear Mike and team, Have you noticed that most of these "protests" have been in blue states or blue held cities? I'm not prone to see conspiracies when things like this happen; but, this all looks too well planned not to have been ready to go at the next tragedy. I just pray that Mr. Floyd's death wasn't part of the plan.

  • Kay DeWitt

    06/01/2020 05:21 PM

    IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT...PRIOR TO THE PANDEMIC and NOW THIS NEW CRISIS OF VIOLENCE...I STATED THAT GOD WAS ABOUT TO BRING JUDGMENT DOWN ON THIS NATION...because of the mockery it is making of claiming to be "one nation UNDER God" ...I CANNOT NOT LEAVE OUT THIS GOD FACTOR WHEN RESPONDING TO THIS STATEMENT: "Federal authorities believe that the radical leftist organization Antifa, which has been staging violent political demonstrations for several years, is behind much of the rioting" BY SAYING THAT, NO, Antifa is NOT "behind much of the rioting"! HATRED. ..and! AND GOD IS ALLOWING SATAN TO DO THIS BECAUSE IT IS HIS JUDGMENT ON THE DEMONIC HATRED THAT IS BEHIND OUR SCHOOL, AND MASS, SHOOTINGS...and between the political parties....and.....

    IN RESPONSE TO THE STATEMENTS: "Democrats and liberals in the media deny that and are blaming the riots on outside “white supremacists” (Prof. Glenn Reynolds wryly commented, 'These riots are entirely justified responses to systemic racism, and the only possible way to force social change, and they’re being instigated by white supremacists', or on their favorite scapegoat for every story that makes the left look bad, Russian agents."...I SAY THAT these responses are NOT "'justified' responses to systemic racism" because, in GOD'S eyes, answering hatred WITH hatred is NEVER justified because JESUS told us we are to love our enemies....those who hate us!!! So, while these hate-filled responses (of rioting) are NOT justified, they ARE an example of how hate answers hate WITH hate because "systematic racism" certainly is not ABOUT Christ's unconditional love....and, well, you know, the definition OF a thug is "one who answers hatred WITH hatred" and, because Satan is the author OF hatred, he uses people's hatred to get them so angry that they become so out of control they don't care who they hurt or what damage they do to property!

    When Adam Lanza shot, and killed, those twenty innocent Newtown, Connecticut Sandy Hook kids, all this US of A could come up to what should be the answer to there not being a repeat of this horrible tragedy....was a GUN CONTROL BILL......Why was there not a responsive cry, "No! This is NOT the answer! The answer is to love the next Adam Lanza to Jesus Christ so he does not WANT to pick UP a gun and kill!" ....WHERE WERE THE CRIES GOING OUT, "ANSWER HATRED WITH LOVE!" ....So these riots are the "fruit" of the silence of that cry and God ( Who IS in control) has now allowed Americans to SEE what happens when hatred does NOT answer hatred with HIS love for one's enemies!

  • joseph orsini PhD

    06/01/2020 05:20 PM

    WHAT HAPPENED during the time between when the police showed up regarding a $20 "bad check" issue and an officer having his knee on the neck of a handcuffed, prone Floyd? I have never heard any description of what transpired.

  • Norene Clark

    06/01/2020 05:14 PM

    Initially, except for a few half-wits, ALL of us, black and white were on the same side and it wasn't on the side of the rogue cops and still isn't...but do you rioters really think we're now on YOUR side?!! Of course NOT! None of this was legitimate peaceful 'protesting'. Peaceful protesting doesn't allow for highways and the normal flow of traffic to be blocked disrupting the lives of others and it doesn't allow for the criminal activity of arson, theft, pillaging, defacing historical landmarks, trying to jump the fence to the White House and physical assaults on others. This was nothing more than the Godless sinful natures of a bunch of rabid criminals at heart allowed to run wild by cowardly Mayors and Governors who should have put a stop to it when the first brick was thrown and the first fire lit and it could have been done without firing a shot and many of us know it and know how! All I know to say beyond that is: America, you wanted God and the Bible out of everything and God gave you your way and this is the price you get to pay! And as for you liberal progressives, if you're happy with the burning of your cities and the destruction of your local businesses...many of them minority owned..and the loss of your income and life savings,...and the taxes you'll have to pay in order to try and rebuild your neighborhoods and replace all the vehicles you destroyed...go ahead and VOTE for more liberals as your leaders! None of this went on with the blacks or whites living in Bible believing 'conservative' land where I am . It's your choice but I'd be giving it some real thought before this next election if I were you.

  • Linda LaGruth

    06/01/2020 04:59 PM

    Thank you. I hope sanity is restored soon. I don’t even live in these turbulent areas but my nerves are raw worrying about my kids and I’m heartbroken over the lives, businesses and landmarks that have been destroyed all over the nation

  • Theodora Beatty

    06/01/2020 04:37 PM

    This organized chaos is UNACCEPTABLE

  • Dorothy Gavin

    06/01/2020 04:16 PM

    This is not a protest, this is a murderous attack and big shopping spree! These people could care less about Mr. Floyd. He is a reason for them to attack and burn. Did the right attack and burn when in Cal. The young woman was killed by a mexican. Or when a white person was killed by a police officer? The Father of Kate Stein waited for justice that was never given. These people are looking for someone to attack everyday. Grow up and face reality. There are good cops and bad cops good people and bad people. Instantly they want to burn and loot not protest and support the Families who are suffering. What TRASH! I want to know what leftist radical is paying those people who care nothing for our Country. They should be in jail. Especially those near THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE ESPECIALLY!

  • Steven Warren

    06/01/2020 04:15 PM

    Good thing we can still bear arms.

  • Kathy A Lewis

    06/01/2020 03:46 PM

    Hi Mike, I love your newsletter and read it every day. Thank you for doing such a great job!!! Today, I was shocked to see an add at the bottom of the page while I was reading. It showed two attractive lesbian women kissing. It said something about guess how many celebrities are gay. I’m sure you did not know that add was on your website. But it is. And it’s upsetting to see. Hopefully you can do something about it.
    Thank you, Kathy

  • Dan Gibbs

    06/01/2020 03:16 PM

    The David Horowitz Freedom Center has one of the most exhaustive databases on the political LEFT. Here are three current (through 6/1/20) links to two leftist groups and one person. The person, George Soros, appears to be linked to just about every leftist group that exists. This is pertinent information considering the violent upheaval our country is now experiencing.




  • Benita Miller

    06/01/2020 03:05 PM

    There are those of us who are able to discern the bad from the good. There is a difference between protesters and anarchist. Believe me those of us who know the Lord know exactly what is going on. The democrats and call it what they want but the rest of us know who it is and what they are up to. They are trying to spread their chaos in one of our small cities. They have been spotted in one of ours. This particular move might not be a good idea for ANTIFA.

  • David Brill

    06/01/2020 02:56 PM

    As usual, this is a fraud. I left a comment! Where is it. There are never any comments. FRAUD!