U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis called on Minneapolis leaders to institute a curfew in response to the ongoing riots that have left portions of the city in ruins.
“For many decades now, with only a rare exception or two, Minneapolis and St. Paul have been governed by liberal Democrats. The promise of a new day or the ‘good life’ has animated their political ascendancy but the reality is things have deteriorated to the breaking point we are now witnessing,” Lewis said in a statement.
The former Republican congressman called the death of George Floyd “an injustice that must be corrected.”
“Turning the local Auto Zone into a war zone does nothing to relieve the grief of George Floyd’s family. Just the opposite, the best thing we can do to honor Mr. Floyd’s memory is an immediate return to order and a long-term commitment to restoring opportunity for everyone in our cities,” said Lewis.
“In the meantime, we cannot allow our neighborhoods and their businesses to perish. How sadly ironic that these elected officials in Minneapolis and St. Paul have been so intent on a ‘peacetime’ stay-at-home curfew when now is the time they should be calling for one,” he continued.
Gov. Tim Walz activated the Minnesota National Guard Thursday afternoon as the chaos and destruction showed no signs of slowing down.
“Race relations are worse than ever along with the crime rate. Housing is out of reach, taxes are at record levels, and a substandard education, despite spending increases, is the norm for too many inner-city children,” Lewis concluded. “To those who say this is politicizing a tragedy – check your own post on Twitter. Besides, that happened long ago from leftist politicians, who should be running their cities, but instead have been blaming every conservative under the sun for decades of incompetence.”
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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of The Minnesota Sun and The Ohio Star. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Minnesota Protester Talking Interacting With Police Officers” by Fibonacci Blue. CC BY 2.0.