Update (1705ET): Despite claims by Democratic officials from Minneapolis that "white supremacists" or "foreign actors" are responsible for the violent riots seen across the nation, USAToday reports that Adam Leggat, a former British Army counterterrorism officer who now works as a security consultant specializing in crowd management for the Densus Group, said intelligence reports from his colleagues indicate most of the hard-core protesters in Minneapolis are far-left or anarchists, and that far-right groups have not yet made a significant appearance.
"The real hard-core guys, this is their job: They're involved in this struggle, they need protests on the street to give them cover to move in.”
Additionally, Leggat said looting is typically done by locals – usually people with no criminal record who just get caught up in the moment. And despite claims otherwise by officials, records show most arrested are locals...
Of the 45 people arrested for rioting, unlawful assembly, stolen property, burglary or robbery on May 29 and May 30 so far, 38 had Minnesota addresses, according to publicly available jail records reviewed by FOX 9. Only six had out-of-state address, and one person didn't have address information listed.
Don't believe us? A searchable jail roster is available online.
So why would officials lie? (Gov. Tim Walz said Saturday morning that as many as 80 percent of the people were outsiders.)
Because the narrative breaks wide open if this is just locals losing their shit... and in fact many Minneapolis residents appear to be growing weary of the violence and destruction, while still supporting peaceful protests. Clearing rubble from a burned-out Walgreens on Saturday, Daniel Braun, 34, said he was sad to see the damage to his neighborhood.
“There’s civil rights and then there’s burning things down," said Braun, an attorney.
“During the day, everything is peaceful. It’s only at night when things happen. Once night falls, please, go home. When it’s dark out and you’re there, you’re not making anything better.”
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Update (1440ET): After blaming "outsiders" for instigating the riots that have left swaths of Minneapolis in ruins, the city's mayor, Jacob Frey, is now also blaming "foreign actors"...
...while warning that the nat'l guard has been "fully mobilized".
Of course! Nobody would be looting if it weren't for the KGB, duh.
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Update (1200ET): Perhaps confirming his reasoning for maintaining his Twitter feed (to counter the 'fake news' media), President Trump has tweeted in response to the blame-scaping occurring below:
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There is a delicate tightrope of a path to tread here as politicians, officials, media are forced to admit that these "protests" are now "riots" and while the death of George Flynn at the hands of an over-zealous cop to say the least was egregious, the rioting, looting, and shooting across the nation last night is hard for even the most ardent member of the 'Resistance' to defend.
So, what they need is a narrative-shifting bump, to get back to the "it's racism and it's Trump's fault" narrative that Biden began yesterday.
And cue this morning's Minneapolis, St.Pauls, Minnesote officials press conference this morning to set up the pretense...
First, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz summed-up the current chaos erupting nationwide perfectly:
"These are outsiders... This is absolutely no longer about George Floyd or addressing inequities anymore. This is an organized attack designed to destabilize civil society."
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz: “Let's be very clear. The situation in Minneapolis is no longer in any way about the murder of George Floyd. It is about attacking civil society, instilling fear and disrupting our great cities.” https://t.co/a9S9a49kht pic.twitter.com/ZnTEXcmeeu
— CNN (@CNN) May 30, 2020
Then Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey confirmed that the people who are coming to Minneapolis to protest are not residents and are "coming in largely from outside the city."
"Our Minneapolis residents are scared and rightfully so. We've seen longterm institutional businesses overridden. We've seen community institutions set on fire. And I want to be very, very clear. The people that are doing this are not Minneapolis residents," he said at a news briefing on Saturday. He said the protests earlier this week that were mostly peaceful and were largely attended by those who lived in the city, but "the dynamic has changed."
"Gradually that shift was made and we saw more and more people coming from outside of the city. We saw more and more people looking to cause violence in our communities, and I have to say, it is not acceptable," Frey said. "This is no longer about verbal expression. This is about violence and we need to make sure that it stops," he added. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said everyone who was arrested in his city last night was from outside the state. "What we are seeing right now is a group of people who are not from here," he said.
And then finally, Minneapolis Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington once again confirmed that narrative:
“...I’m not seeing peaceful demonstrations. And I am not seeing, frankly, any empathy or any heart for Mr. Floyd”
“We have assembled the largest civil policing authority in the history of Minnesota,” Minneapolis Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington says.
“...I’m not seeing peaceful demonstrations. And I am not seeing, frankly, any empathy or any heart for Mr. Floyd” pic.twitter.com/4rdPw9twKP
— CNN (@CNN) May 30, 2020
And added that last night we saw a change in the temperament and the approach:
"...they are what I call rioters...they are not demonstrating for a case, they are not protesting injustice, they were simply bent on destruction."
So the question is - who are "they"? These rioters that suddenly appeared out of nowhere to instill anarchy in the peace-loving people of Minneapolis (and 35 other cities around the nation)? Harrington appears to have an answer - it's a white supremacist terror cell...
"...as we have made arrests, we have done contract-tracing similar to our covid response... who are they associated with? what platforms are they advocating for? ...and we have seen things like white supremacy... part of an organized criminal organization and we are looking at whether this is an organized cell of terror."
Which also backed up what the Minnesota AG said: "Yes there are infiltrators...They are white & probably white supremacists..."
Framing the narrative...
"Yes there are infiltrators.
They are white & probably white supremacists...."
Says the democrat AG photographed promoting ANTIFA.....
THESE PEOPLE ARE SICK@realDonaldTrump #QAnon pic.twitter.com/mOLkj44XJm
— 🇺🇸🇺🇸 Miguelifornia ⭐⭐⭐ (@michaelbeatty3) May 30, 2020
So, there it is folks. Despite scenes of 1000s of black folks looting stores and firebombing police precincts, this is white supremacists' fault... probably using Facebook to brainwash otherwise-peaceful Americans who just wanted to go about their day (and definitely not antifa! Don't you dare suggest that, because that would be racist... just asking an awkward question though - how likely is it that a group of young white nationalists would burn a precinct to the ground?).