Presidential candidate Joe Biden delivered a much ballyhooed speech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last Monday attacking and blaming white supremacists and the right wing for violent protests across the country.
The former vice president is fully aware that leftist mobs from Antifa and Black Lives Matter have been fanning out across the country to loot and destroy “Trump’s America.”
“Extremists and opportunists — right-wing militias, white supremacists, vigilantes — who infiltrate protests carrying weapons of war,” Biden spewed, “I want to be clear about this. Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting. None of this is protesting — it’s lawlessness — plain and simple. And those who do it should be prosecuted.”
Five days later a violent mob of Black Lives Matter protesters descended on restaurant patrons in downtown Pittsburgh at an outdoor Italian restaurant.
Several videos posted on Facebook and Twitter showed the group harassing, bullying and threatening diners seated outside Sienna Mercato on Penn Avenue Saturday.
The protesters were also harassing and assaulting bicyclists who tried to ride through the mob. One protester yelled through a megaphone at a man holding a bicycle. The bicyclist smacks the megaphone, and another protester hits the bicyclist in the head with a skateboard.
Protesters were observed yelling at restaurant patrons, breaking glasses and shouting profanities. Some people who were eating outside started leaving their tables. One protester wearing a “Nazi Lives Don’t Matter” t-shirt, identified as Nique Craft, approaches a table and guzzles a diner’s beer as a pair of patrons look on. Craft then slams the glass back on the table.
Another protester swipes a glass off a table and it shatters on the ground. Several other people smash glasses and plates on the ground while chanting “No justice – no peace, and f*ck the police” as they walked through.
One protester identified as Lorenzo Rulli yells obscenities at an elderly couple: “F*ck [the Police] and f*ck you white people that built the system set against mine, you old d*ck.” He then shows someone his middle finger.
The same group of protesters were filmed chanting and using a bullhorn inside a nearby McDonald’s. They harassed and assaulted the black manager who was asking them to leave the store. The megaphone man approached the manager and screamed in his face, then a scuffle broke out between the two.
“Don’t touch me,” the manager said as the protester challenged him to a fight and blocked him from entering the kitchen. Another protester told the manager that he’s “going to get smacked.”
“Then go ahead and smack me,” the manager dared. “Do it. Put your hands on me. Go ahead!”
Rulli and Craft were arrested earlier this summer on charges related to other protests.
President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday: “BLM Protesters horribly harass elderly Pittsburgh diners, scaring them with loud taunts while taking their food right off their plate. These Anarchists, not protesters, are Biden voters, but he has no control and nothing to say. Disgraceful. Never seen anything like it. Thugs!”
“….And because of weak and pathetic Democrat leadership, this thuggery is happening in other Democrat run cities and states. Must shut them down fast,” he continued. Biden and his most Liberal in Senate running mate, Kamala, won’t even talk about it. They won’t utter the words, LAW & ORDER!’
Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey wrote on Facebook Monday, “Intimidating people to get your demands met isn’t peaceful protesting. Damaging or destroying reeling businesses hurts workers and isn’t peaceful protesting.
“These are crimes. Until elected officials support the prosecution of these criminals, they’ll continue.”
Protests against police brutality and systemic racism have been ongoing in Pittsburgh since May, when George Floyd was killed after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck.
On May 30 rioters vandalized 71 businesses in Downtown Pittsburgh, smashing windows and ransacking stores. They emptied cash registers, stole food, clothes and jewelry. They also set two police squad cars on fire and threw bricks, stones and lit Molotov cocktails at police.
The City Council voted to freeze further officer hiring and shift $250,000 from their recruiting budget to fund social services programs, among other reforms.