The riots, looting and arson in Minneapolis have spread to other Democrat cities. It’s a tricky proposition for the mayors and governors in those jurisdictions in terms of how far they let it go. The Mayor of Minneapolis was willing to let the closest police precinct burn to the ground along with all the stores and even banks in the area. Now that the anarchy has spread to nearby St. Paul it’s probable that state officials are in a panic to put a stop to the chaos. I don’t know enough about Minneapolis politics to know if the Mayor there is immune from voter outrage. But even a city like New York back in the late eighties with a very large minority population finally reached a point where law and order problems created a backlash that brought in Rudy Giuliani. Whether Minneapolis is simply too liberal to ever retreat from the appeasement of crime approach is about to be seen.
And all the usual suspects are on tv stirring the pot. The Mayor of Chicago somehow blames the President. It should be interesting to see whether Lori Lightfoot’s city ends up burning down too. To her credit the Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Bottoms, addressed the senselessness and stupidity of the rioters destroying their own city. In a small ironic twist, the rioters have smashed some parts of the CNN headquarters in Atlanta.
The manufactured nature of the riots is so blatant that even the left-wing press has acknowledged it. The inner-city population is looting the stores but wherever the damage is worst you can see some blond-headed twenty something at the center smashing a store window or lighting a Molotov cocktail. This is Antifa’s show. They ignited it and they’re keeping it going.
The bigger picture is what will be the political fallout from a spasm of violence and lawlessness running through the cities of the United States during an election year. President Trump has to very carefully choreograph his response to the events on the ground. He’ll profess anger for the death of George Floyd but he’ll have to condemn in the strongest terms the evil madness of the rioters. And if finally, the governor in Minnesota fails to take control of the chaos the President will have to step in. Taken all together I think this chaos will hurt the Democrats. It’s reminiscent of the street violence in 1968 that helped elect Richard Nixon president. Even voters in Democrat controlled states fear the violence and destruction that a mob unleashes when it riots. It wouldn’t surprise me if this increases President Trump’s margin when he flips Minnesota in November. And looking down the road it wouldn’t surprise me to hear that both Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey get the boot in a few years when they’re up for re-election.
And one last consequence of this madness is what it will do to the COVID-19 situation. I predict that we’re going to hear a lot less about the “pandemic.” I noticed that a lot of the rioters weren’t social distancing as they looted the various stores and offices and I assume that when you’re running from a mob or a National Guard riot squad that a face mask will be too hard to breathe through. A lot of citizens may figure if it’s good enough for the mob it’s good enough for them.