U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who announced earlier this month that she was taking a break from Twitter because it made her feel “anxious,” only to be back online the very next day, added to her growing legacy of lowbrow commentary while taking a shot at Fox News.
The self-described democratic socialist was responding to a Fox News report on the crack down on civil liberties by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who all but declared martial law north of the border to crush the Freedom Convoy protest by peaceful truckers.
Fox News legal analyst Jonathan Turley, a liberal George Washington University Law School professor compared the civil disobedience by the truckers to actions seen during the Civil Rights movement.
“By this rationale, they could have cracked down on the Civil Rights movement. They could have arrested Martin Luther King,” Turley said of Trudeau invoking the Emergencies Act for the first time in Canada’s history
“Fox News analysts already reaping the benefits of banning books, I see,” AOC tweeted, linking to Turley’s remarks.
Fox News analysts already reaping the benefits of banning books, I see https://t.co/zFRBULnb0r
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 15, 2022
This being part of a new line of attack by the left to push critical race theory on American children, claiming that banning curriculum on the toxic concept that teaches children to judge others by the color of their skin — under the premise that white students are “oppressors” — amounts to blocking “black history,” or “racial history.”
Of course, this is a retread from the hard left Democrat, who make the same dishonest argument last summer in support of critical race theory:
Ironically, the ineptitude that some Republicans demonstrate re: MLK proves that the multiracial history of the United States *isn’t* taught adequately enough in schools, and that we *should* teach it more deeply.
The GOP would do well to stop banning books & start reading them.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 13, 2021
Turley was set upon by many on the left, who side with Trudeau over the truckers protesting for freedom. The antagonists were quick to point out that Dr. King was arrested on a number of occasions. The law professor responded in a series of tweets:
Not to feed the trolls, but I never said that Dr. King was not arrested. I said that the Canadian policy could be used to arrest MLK for the same acts of civil disobedience. The point is that such acts of civil disobedience are not viewed as “terrorism” or “insurrection.”…
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) February 15, 2022
“Under the Canadian policy, the government could freeze donations of the civil rights movement for using civil disobedience. We were discussing the Canadian policy and how it is used with different groups,” he explained. “Instead of addressing the implications of the use of such emergency powers today, critics are noting that MLK was arrested. Of course, he was. The point is how such protests would be treated today under the emergency powers being used by the Trudeau government.”
“BLM, Antifa, and other groups engage in act of civil disobedience like blocking bridges or occupying areas,” Turley added. “I have objected to those groups being declared terrorists as well. The concern remains the free speech implications over the emergency powers.
Turley appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Monday and said the actions taken by Trudeau would have shut down MLK and other civil rights figures now seen as “visionaries.”
“This could not be more serious. Canada does not have the history of robust free speech protection protections we have in the United States. It’s closer to England in that sense,” he told host Tucker Carlson. “This should be chilling for every Canadian. What happened to these truckers is really quite breathtaking. This was an act of civil disobedience. We’ve had those types of acts and protests for generations. We celebrated those acts with the civil rights movement. That’s what was reference, causing good trouble, right? It is to act peacefully but disruptive.”
“What happened here is that you have a prime minister declared these people insurrectionists. Terrorists. Said they were threatening democracy itself,” he said. “You have social media and the mainstream media echoing those attacks. Then, worse yet, as you noted, we have these crowd funding sites that literally froze millions of dollars that average citizens wanted to give to support these truckers.”
“When you put all that together, you’ve extinguished the ability of thousands, perhaps even millions of people, to express themselves through a form of civil disobedience. And according to Prime Minister Trudeau’s definition, he could have shut down civil rights movement,” Turley continued. “He could have arrested Martin Luther King. He could have arrested any number of figures that we now celebrate today as visionaries. Now, that doesn’t mean that the truckers were right. It doesn’t mean they can block bridges. They can’t. But what the government has done here is really at odds with very basic human rights and civil liberties.”
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