By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Harsh and demeaning rhetoric used by Democrats to criticize Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, as well as portraying local police as racists and murderers, is responsible for increasing attacks against ICE facilities and cops, according to federal officials.
As The National Sentinel reported this week, there have been four separate incidents against ICE facilities in the past month alone, culminating in a shooting attack against one in San Antonio, Texas, early Tuesday morning while agents occupied the building.
The Washington Times noted further that Democratic lawmakers’ characterization of ICE and ICE facilities as “concentration camps,” use of “Gestapo tactics,” and putting “children in cages” has angered a segment of their supporters so much they are now resorting to deadly violence.
Daniel Bible, ICE San Antonio field office director, has pointed this out, saying earlier this week that “disturbing public discourse shrouds our critical law enforcement function and unnecessarily puts out officers’ safety at risk.”
He added: “Political rhetoric and disinformation that various politicians, media outlets and activist groups recklessly disseminate to the American people regarding the ICE mission only serve to further encourage these violent acts.”
Meanwhile, others say Democratic mischaracterization of local police has led to an increase in disrepect and violence towards officers.
For example, Rep. Tom Reed, New York Republican, recently blamed Democrats’ incendiary language for spurring locals who were caught on video last week soaking New York City police officers with water, even throwing a bucket at one. The incident led him to call for a federal hate crimes probe.
“These actions are a result of Democrat politicians spouting anti-police rhetoric to gain cheap political points,” Reed said in a letter to Attorney General William Barr.
The AG himself, in a speech earlier this week to the Fraternal Order of Police in New Orleans, cited the hands-off policies of Leftist “social justice reformers” in local district attorney and mayoral offices as leading to an increase in anti-police violence and crime.
“The anti-police narrative is fanning disrespect for the law,” he said. “In recent years, we have witnessed increasing toleration of the notion that it is somehow okay to resist the police.”
“There is another development that is demoralizing to law enforcement and dangerous to public safety,” Barr said.
“That is the emergence in some of our large cities of District Attorneys that style themselves as ‘social justice’ reformers, who spend their time undercutting the police, letting criminals off the hook, and refusing to enforce the law.
“These anti-law enforcement DAs have tended to emerge in jurisdictions where the election is largely determined by the primary,” he continued. “Frequently, these candidates ambush an incumbent DA in the primary with misleading campaigns and large infusions of money from outside groups,” he added.
Regarding the ICE incidents, use of the term “concentration camp” by Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York to describe ICE detention facilities was cited in a manifesto by Willem Van Spronsen, an armed, self-described Antifa member who attempted to firebomb an ICE facility in Tacoma, Wash., before he was killed by police.
“It has become fashionable again, in the aftermath of the mass shooting by a white separatist in El Paso, Texas, to ascribe blame for political violence to President Trump and his allies,” said the American Spectator’s John Jiang in a Thursday op-ed. “The knife cuts both ways.”
Dehumanizing quote from anti-ICE extremist: "Anybody who works for ICE looks like the most miserable piece of [expletive] on Earth. They all look like demons…they don't look like humans anymore." From this early warning: https://t.co/p60auSpXy4
This too: https://t.co/kOtdrQJPwn
— Todd Bensman (@BensmanTodd) August 15, 2019
Most Democrats, however, have refused to condemn the hateful rhetoric. In other instances, some have doubled down, describing President Donald Trump and ICE agents as “racists” and “Nazis.”
“If you speak of ICE detention camps as concentration camps, and you speak of ICE agents as Nazi, brown-shirted thugs, then there are people out there who will think, ‘I need to do something dramatic and violent to stop that,’” Todd Bensman, senior national security fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, told the Washington Times. “That kind of speech strikes me as a form of incitement.”
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