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Some members of the radical far-left, including Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon, appear to believe that cops congregating to mourn the death of a fellow officer is “what fascism looks like.”
Late last Saturday, a radically far-left “journalist” named Danny Haiphong posted a photo to Twitter of now-deceased New York Police Department Det. Jason Rivera’s widely publicized funeral procession.
“I’m gonna tell my kids this is what fascism looks like,” he wrote as the photo’s caption.
I’m gonna tell my kids this is what fascism looks like pic.twitter.com/Jwosih9oOg
— Danny Haiphong (@SpiritofHo) January 30, 2022
As of Thursday morning, the tweet boasted nearly 6,000 likes and nearly 1,000 retweets but only 200 comments, meaning most of those who responded to his tweet shared his cynical view of the police.
Four days after Haiphong posted his tweet, Sarandon, a woman so radically left-wing that even far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t left enough for her, posted the exact same image to her Twitter profile but added a second caption.
“So, if all these cops weren’t needed for CRIME that day, doesn’t that mean they aren’t needed ANY day?” her caption read.
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) February 1, 2022
The message seemed pretty clear: Cops are nothing but a fascist paramilitary, and the world would be far better off if they didn’t exist.
Unlike Haiphong’s tweet, this one actually got ratioed, likely because it got more exposure courtesy Sarandon’s fame.
As of Thursday it had about 5,000 likes and 1,000 retweets but nearly 4,500 comments, most of them brimming with anger.
Included among the angry respondents was the largest police union in the country, the Fraternal Order of Police.
“Of all the days for @SusanSarandon to share her true feelings towards police, she picks the day we bury our fallen brother to make such inflammatory & brainless comments. When you spend more time hating on cops than you do your own career, it’s no wonder why you’re a D-list actor,” the FOP tweeted.
Of all the days for @SusanSarandon to share her true feelings towards police, she picks the day we bury our fallen brother to make such inflammatory & brainless comments. When you spend more time hating on cops than you do your own career, it’s no wonder why you’re a D-list actor https://t.co/y4iIUV6IxB
— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) February 3, 2022
Even some Democrats were appalled.
“@SusanSarandon those were Heroes paying their last respects to two fallen brothers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Two of those heroes mourning the loss of their brothers in blue are my sons. Have respect you irrelevant, washed up actress! What do you contribute?” Pennsylvania State Rep. Maureen Madden, a Democrat, tweeted.
The general public meanwhile tore into her every which way:
These officers were assassinated doing their job. One was just 22 and he lived in the community. These officers deserve our respect and admiration. On most jobs you don’t get killed just for showing up. Show some compassion and grace.
— StupidAndy (@RealStupidAndy) February 2, 2022
That’s easy to say if you have private security and live in a compound. I used to respect your work. I won’t be paying to see any of your future work, that’s for sure, a position I suspect more people than you would wish will also take. I think you alienated 90% of your peeps.
— Bill Pearson (@whp03) February 2, 2022
Unfortunately, most of us cannot afford gated communities or hilltop mansions with state of the art security in Stamford like you Susan. We need and appreciate the officers that keep us safe.
— Joe Botti (@JoeBotti1) February 2, 2022
Wow Susan, you were one of my favorite actors but I can honestly say that I will NEVER patronize anything you appear in again. Easy to sit in your million dollar mansion and probably have armed security and gates too. A majority of us don’t have that luxury.
— Kimber Chase®™ (@KimberChase) February 3, 2022
2 young men answering a call to help a mom with her abusive son were shot in the face and lost their lives. Those officers came from all across the country to show support. Shame on you.
— Lorraine Evers (@lorraineevers) February 2, 2022
As noted by the Twitter users above, a total of two NYPD cops died last week.
Both Rivera and his partner, Wilbert Mora, were ambushed while responding to a domestic disturbance call. Mora initially survived, albeit with critical injuries, but sadly he eventually passed away. His funeral was held on Wednesday.
Dovetailing back to Rivera’s funeral, his wife delivered a speech in which she decried the soft-on-crime policies from local politicians that were making the streets unsafe not only for everyday citizens but for the police as well.
“This system continues to fail us. We are not safe anymore, not even the members of the service,” she said.
‘We are not safe anymore’: Widow of fallen NYPD officer rips soft-on-crime DA during tearful eulogy https://t.co/KOeucHIdd4
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 30, 2022
The problem, some have argued, is that the politicians — all of them left-wing like Sarandon — who’ve sought to weaken criminal justice laws seem to have no clue what life is like for those Americans who don’t live in gated communities.
Responding to this phenomenon last week, NYPD Sgt. Joseph Imperatrice, the founder of Blue Lives Matter, said quite bluntly during a Fox News appearance that nothing will change until these elitists get a taste of their own political medicine.
“The harsh truth is we need the lawmakers to be victims. We need them to understand when the worst situation possible hits them, and then they can turn around and say, ‘Wow, maybe it’s an issue. Maybe I need to wake up and do my job and change things for the better.’ I’m not praying any of these people get hurt or harmed, but they need to see firsthand how bad the streets really are,” he said.
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