On May 25th, one of the 10,000,000 arrests that US police officers make every year in the United States went horribly wrong. An unarmed man being arrested for the crime of trying to pass a counterfeit $20 dollar bill to buy some food somehow ended up dead in police custody.
Videos shot on a street in Minneapolis, Minnesota showed a black man named George Floyd lying face down with his hands cuffed behind his back while a white police officer named Derek Chauvin knelt on the back of Floyd’s neck.
The video is horrific. Floyd repeatedly cries that he cannot breathe, bystanders plead with the officer, who stubbornly refuses to remove his knee from the man’s neck. When an onlooker pointed out to one of the police on the scene that Floyd was no longer resisting arrest and is saying he could not breath, that officer countered by saying Floyd was talking, so he was fine.
Five minutes into the video, Floyd ceases moving. Chauvin refuses to take his knee off the motionless man’s neck even as paramedics arrive to begin treating him.
Once this video went viral a firestorm erupted across America. How could this have happened? Nationwide protests erupted everywhere over this incident.
But then something more sinister emerged. The multitude of peaceful protests began morphing nightly into destructive riots that caused hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of damages, as looters ransacked entire city blocks in places like New York City, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and over a dozen other cities across the United States.
Antifa is Back
It has emerged that a nationwide coordinated network of anarchist groups loosely called “Antifa” had been preparing for some time to unleash simultaneous violent attacks on many American cities. And the Floyd incident in Minneapolis gave them the cover to launch.
Antifa emerged nationally back in 2015 when Donald Trump began running for President. After he won the 2016 election, there were numerous violent demonstrations across the country, but by the middle of 2018 Antifa had faded from sight.
Now it has become clear that they are back, and they spent the past two years carefully planning this resurgence.
The agenda of these violent anarchist groups like Antifa is far different from that of the peaceful protesters. These radicals want to overthrow the present political system and to do that they must directly subvert civic order.
While peacefully protesting is a first amendment right guaranteed in the US Constitution, there is no right to loot and destroy stores, burn down buildings, violently assault people, or destroy other people’s property.
As these nightly riots across America dragged on for over a week, it also became clear that the Democratic officials in charge of the blue states weren’t in any hurry to end these riots.
“It’s Trump’s Fault My City Is Burning So Please Don’t Vote for Him”
It became especially clear in places like New York City that Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill DeBlasio were not feeling any urgency to restore civic order. Cuomo steadfastly refused to send in the National Guard, while DeBlasio pulled the NYPD back and ordered it to stand down. Both men then spent days blaming President Trump for the increased rioting and destruction that occurred.
So when the question is asked, why do these elected officials in deep blue states insist on giving vandals, anarchists and looters space to destroy these cities? Prepare yourselves for a shock:
It’s all about President Donald J. Trump.
It’s all about the election this November.
Democrats desperately wanted the optics of US soldiers, bayonets fixed, confronting, and driving back the ‘peaceful protestors’ from the stores they were burning and looting.
These people truly thought they had Trump boxed in.
They were wrong.
As he did with his COVID-19 response, Trump has avoided the traps laid for him while solving the problem.
As Democrats and their media sycophants relentlessly tried to browbeat President Trump into taking control of states away from the governors and handling the virus response himself, when they weren’t loudly demanding he nationalize entire US industries, he ignored them and solved the problems his way.
Trump created an incredible partnership between federal agencies and private industry the likes of which had not been seen since World War II. He fixed the ventilator shortage issue, the COVID-19 testing issue, and the PPE issue all **without** seizing control or nationalizing anything.
Democrats Use the Riots As Lock-down Plan B
Many Democratic politicians are going to lock their states down until the election one way or another. Remember how less than two weeks ago these same Democrats shrieked about mass infections and death in red states that opened back up “far too soon!”
They waxed rhapsodic about the mass death about to descend on places like Florida and Texas while loudly boasting what a fantastic job they were doing keeping their own blue states locked down tighter than a miser’s wallet.
About a month ago Democrats saw where this was headed. The red states were doing fine, there was no huge spike in virus infections or death. And these goons knew their own locked down people were seeing that. What happened next?
Citizens in the blue states began openly defying the lock-down orders. They went to the beach. They started opening businesses. They started going to church. Realizing their plan to keep their states completely locked down for 5 more months for mail-in voting was slipping away, these radicals who now make up Progressive Leftist leadership in this country realized drastic actions were going to be required.
And if the pandemic no longer provides them with a sufficient excuse to keep their people locked down, why, they’ll just have to come up with something else.
So, they did.
You see where this is headed, right? The same governors & mayors....same ones, now, I want you to focus on that...that tell their police to give rioters and looters space to destroy while refusing to send in the national guard...will tell you in November you can't go vote in person.
Yes, it’s going to be the same people. The same people who sent cops to arrest a woman who opened her salon, who sent cops to shut down churches, to chase down people running on the beach...after they let rioters run amok in their cities for days will insist you stay locked in your house until the election is over.
The COVID virus pandemic ceased being effective for their political purposes. Trump and this team defeated it. The virus is beaten. It is now clearly below the threshold requiring full state lock-downs. So now the strategy has turned to using racially charged riots and anarchist groups to keep the blue states locked down for the next several months until the election can take place with mail-in voting.
When these riots in the blue states - which ceased being about George Floyd and what happened to him, long ago - subside, the Democrats will just pick a new racial event in one of their blue cities, and start the cycle up all over again.
Or rather... they'll try. Right now, they are about to lose most of their crucial foot soldiers, the on-the-ground organizers, the radical anarchist groups who guide and direct these violent riots.
Trump and Barr Change The Game
That is because this past Sunday President Trump and US Attorney General William Barr changed the game. They announced that Antifa is now designated as a terrorist group, and federal agencies going after the group’s members and leadership.
All the federal law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, the DEA, the ATF, the Secret Service, and more are now coordinating their efforts to find and take down Antifa for good.
MOST of the people out on the streets during these protests-turned-riots aren't the organizers, the brains, the behind-the-scenes people who guide and direct destruction. That's why 90% of the people arrested are let go. They don't matter. What matters is that 10% trying to stay out of sight, in the background.
Trump & Barr just told the entire country in clear language they are going after the hidden 10%, the anarchists, the organized groups that have been working behind the scenes to guide & direct the coordinated mayhem.
In a few weeks after this present riot cycle calms down, the usual suspects are planning to try to kick-start the same rioting cycle back into gear.
But they are going to suddenly encounter an insurmountable problem: all their crucial foot soldiers on the ground who handle the coordination, the communications, the organization to launch simultaneous riots in multiple cities across the United States won’t be available. They’re all going to be in jail.
And I don’t mean state or local jails, either. I mean federal prison.
No “Get Out of Jail Free” Card In The Federal System
Unlike New York or California with their ‘no bail’ laws or St. Louis, where the city district attorney promptly freed every single rioter that had been arrested [without informing the Missouri Attorney General that she was going to do that!], the federal system is quite different. There is no federal 'no bail' law, and when you are charged with terrorist activity, the bail will be quite high. You can also be held for trial instead of being released.
Understand now what it means that Trump & Barr sicced the FBI & other federal agencies after these anarchist groups? It has changed the entire dynamic.
The state governors, the city mayors, the local district attorneys and chiefs of police don't get a say. They don't get to use their city’s revolving jail door. They are locked out of the federal system. They are completely powerless.
What is going to happen is all the Antifa and violent Leftist groups that are driving these riots are going to disappear into the federal system. The Democratic governors and mayors And district attorneys can whine. They can cry. They can bitch and moan and shriek and rend their garments.
They can loudly and tearfully DEMAND that the Feds give them their undercover operatives back.
And they can also do what the DC Mayor, Marilyn Bowser, did today, when she whined for President Trump to pull all these federal tactical units and the National Guard out of Washington DC so the riots can be restarted.
It won't matter. A leader has spoken.
Fully grasp this. Without the organizers and the coordinators on the ground, this riot cycle strategy doesn't work any longer. They need these violent radical revolutionary groups like Antifa working together at ground level in these cities to launch and sustain these coordinated destruction events.
When July gets here, and they need to launch a fresh round of rioting in these cities to keep their states locked down for a few more months? They are not going to be able to do it. This is why you are watching so many news media analysts on your TV nervously saying, "Trump and Barr can't DO this!!!"
Oh yes, they can. And they are.
Brian Cates entered the political arena in March 2012, following the death of Andrew Breitbart. He is currently a political columnist for The Epoch Times and UncoverDC. Brian is based in South Texas and is the author of: “Nobody Asked For My Opinion … But Here It Is Anyway!”