Gov. Northam Remains Silent on Richmond Protests

Gov. Northam Remains Silent on Richmond Protests

Will Virginians hold their elected leaders accountable as these very issues are brought before the General Assembly Special Session?

July 29, 2020

This past Saturday’s riot in the City of Richmond caused over $100,000 in damage to the Virginia Commonwealth University campus as rioters assaulted police officers, lit dumpsters on fire and assaulted the firemen responding to the senseless acts of violence. The Richmond Times Dispatch chimed in by questioning the fortitude of their elected officials.

“When will our elected leaders say ‘enough’? Where are business, education and other community leaders in publicly condemning the violence? When will Stoney and City Council members acknowledge that putting down riots to protect lives and property is a very real function of their elected positions? Keeping mum and refusing to take action in fear of making tough decisions is not governing. It is cowardice. Enough is enough. Show some leadership.”

Meanwhile, Gov. Northam, Speaker Filler-Corn and Majority Leader Saslaw have been noticeably and disgracefully silent in addressing these vile attacks on law enforcement, small business owners and first responders. Speaker Filler-Corn’s two most recent tweets were of her touting her endorsement of Joe Biden’s “Agenda for Women” and a retweet of Gov. Northam’s press conference.

In today’s press conference, Gov. Northam spent most of the time patting himself on the back and threatening Virginians with more mandates, guidelines and overreaching regulations. Not one single time did the Governor address the chaos, violence and unrest that occurred over the weekend just over a mile away from the Governor’s Mansion.

These same leaders are now pushing legislation that reduces the charge of assaulting a police officer from a felony to a misdemeanor. This move comes months after a member of their own caucus, Del. Lee Carter of Manassas, got into a physical altercation with a Virginia State Police officers and later threatened the agency’s funding after he was pepper sprayed by saying “I write the state police budget and they’re going to f—— regret this!” and, a Richmond City Councilman is openly endorsing and promoting the radical idea of defunding the police. Because of Gov. Northam’s inattentive approach to these fractious issues, the defund the police movement is no longer a foreign concept or idea, it is here and it is real. Will Virginians hold their elected leaders accountable as these very issues are brought before the General Assembly Special Session?

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