Tale of the take: Cruz rushes to decry treatment of Canadian protestors, Olbermann calls for ‘more’

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Three distinct responses emerged after video footage of Canadian police officers “trampling” protesters with their horses went viral Friday.

The first response came from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a man whom even left-wingers like Bill Maher have in recent days compared to Hitler.

In a tweet posted late Friday, he seemingly defended the authorities’ behavior,

“Illegal blockades and occupations have threatened businesses, endangered jobs, and obstructed communities for three weeks now. This week, to restore public order and protect Canadians as the situation evolves, our government invoked the Emergencies Act,” he wrote.

“We’ll continue to make sure municipal, provincial, and federal authorities have the resources they need, and do whatever is needed to keep people safe and get the situation under control – and we’ll make sure your rights and freedoms are protected. That remains our top priority,” he added.


As of Saturday afternoon, the tweet boasted 16,000 scorching comments but only about 2,500 retweets and 12,000 likes. That’s called a ratio.

The second response came from these thousands of Americans, Canadians and others who responded to the prime minister’s tweet by calling him out.

Among them was U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who clapped back directly at Trudeau by taking issue with his claim that his policies are designed to “protect Canadians.”

With the “trampling” footage in mind, Cruz sarcastically finished the PM’s thoughts by writing, “And so now our horses will stomp old ladies into the ground….”

See his response below:

The third response came from the left-wing fringe and was led by Keith Olbermann, who laughed out loud at the footage and called for “more of this, please.”

Twitter’s “glorification of violence policy” explicitly states that this isn’t allowed: “[W]e have a policy against content that glorifies acts of violence in a way that may inspire others to replicate those violent acts and cause real offline harm.”

Yet Olbermann’s tweets remained active as of Saturday afternoon. It’s possible that Twitter hadn’t yet had enough time to review the tweets.

View them below:

As previously reported, the “trampling” occurred as officers charged into a crowd of protesters. An elderly woman with a walker was seen on the ground trying to dodge the horse’s hoofs.

Learn more below:

Two other incidents occurred during the protest.

Protest organizer Benjamin Dichter told the Toronto Sun that “one of [the] drivers had his truck windows smashed by Ottawa Police [with] guns drawn and [he was] dragged out of his vehicle by force.”

Meanwhile, a protester was seen seemingly getting smashed either in the head or elsewhere on the body by the barrel end of an officer’s rifle.

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The same establishment press that cheered the violent Black Lives Matter riots of 2020 have, for the most part, sided with Trudeau, with two rare exceptions being The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

In an op-ed published about a week ago, the Times’ editorial board said that though they “disagree with the protesters’ cause,” the protesters “have a right to be noisy and even disruptive.”

“Protests are a necessary form of expression in a democratic society, particularly for those whose opinions do not command broad popular support,” the board wrote.

The Journal’s board followed suit this Friday, warning Trudeau that “[p]rotests aren’t emergencies,” and he’d “better get used to handling civil disobedience firmly without traducing civil liberties.”

“Mr. Trudeau criminalized a protest movement, deputizing financial institutions, without due process or liability, to find and freeze personal accounts of blockaders and anyone who helps them. These extraordinary measures are a needless abuse of power,” they wrote.


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