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Rioters, Protesters, and Leftist Puppet Strings

Rioters, Protesters, and Leftist Puppet Strings
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Dennis Kneale By Tuesday, 23 February 2021 10:24 AM Current | Bio | Archive

For three weeks last summer, I had a picture-window view of the Black Lives Matter protests that were roiling major cities in swing states across the country. From my third-floor apartment in Brooklyn, I watched as thousands of black-clad protesters marched past me to enter a long boulevard to the Brooklyn Bridge.

It was a scary time.

Rioters torched a police car a mile down the street from me and shattered a few storefront windows, per protocol. Late one night, protesters clashed with the cops three doors down as I watched live on the news.

Night after night, they chanted, "No justice, no peace," which sounds like a threat when you are at home, peeking out from behind the blinds and worrying someone might hurl a brick in your direction.

This prompted in me a sense of fear that I hadn’t felt since the 1980s, when I first moved to a rougher and more dangerous Brooklyn. In my first year here, I evaded three would-be muggings. When I ventured out, it felt risky, and I made sure to be aware of everyone around me and to avoid the wrong guy’s notice.

Now it felt like that again: Be careful out there. I resented it.

As the 2020 election approached, big stores in my neighborhood boarded up their windows and braced for the worst; whether Trump won, or lost and resisted, the protesters were coming. The plywood stayed up for a couple of weeks after the disputed Biden win.

And then… nothing. Zero marches, zero presence, even after President Trump refused to concede. Where the heck were they?

Now Time magazine has revealed why the protesters stood down: because they were directed to do so. By the leaders of a secret “cabal” of senior Democrats, lefty advisers, never-Trumper CEOs, the Chamber of Commerce, union leaders, and some 150 liberal organizations, including MoveOn, GreenPeace, and Black Lives Matter groups.

Time reports: "There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs. Both surprises were the result of an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans." Time cites "a well-funded cabal of powerful people" who were working together to "influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information."

It is a disarmingly transparent admission.

The magazine heralds "The Secret Bipartisan Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election," though most members of this group are liberal and anti-Trump. Time insists: "They were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it." Sure they were.

This compels me to ask: If the protesters went slack on orders from these people, why did it take them so long to counsel calm?

Where were they all summer long, when rioters—under the complicit cover of wider protests—allegedly attacked bystanders, torched buildings, and destroyed billions of dollars in property in myriad cities, killing dozens of people? Were they in control of the protesters then, too?

Yes, apparently so. Time reports: "The summer uprising had shown that people power could have a massive impact. Activists began preparing to reprise the demonstrations if Trump tried to steal the election." A coalition of 150 lefty orgs created a map of 400 planned sites for "postelection demonstrations, to be activated via text message as soon as Nov. 4. To stop the coup they feared, the left was ready to flood the streets."

In the election’s aftermath, one leader of the coalition told Time of her worry that "moving masses of people into the street" could turn violent and hand Trump an excuse to call in the troops.

"So the word went out: stand down. (The coalition) announced that it would not be activating the entire national mobilization network today, but remains ready to activate if necessary," Time reports.

Which sounded, again, like a threat.

One curious element was why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and business groups joined this lefty crusade. Mystery solved: It looks they feared riots if Trump won or resisted a loss. Time says, "The summer’s racial-justice protests had sent a signal to business owners too: the potential for economy-disrupting civil disorder." Another threat.

This made me realize how naïve I had been last summer.

Throngs of angry protesters chanting anti-cop slogans, spontaneously showing up at the same place and time.

They must be so outraged and in pain, I thought at the time. Nope, they were just well-organized and well-orchestrated.

Dennis Kneale is a writer and media strategist in New York, after six years as anchor at CNBC and Fox Business Network and 25 years at The Wall Street Journal and Forbes. He helped write "The Trump Century: How Our President Changed the Course of History," by Lou Dobbs, published in September 2020 by HarperCollins. Read Dennis Kneale's reports — More Here.

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They must be so outraged and in pain, I thought at the time. Nope, they were just well organized and well-orchestrated.
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Tuesday, 23 February 2021 10:24 AM
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