Blue state leaders are caught in a quagmire, warning that there could be a second wave of coronavirus as they fight to quell angry protesters, rioters and looters since the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd.
He died while in the custody of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Memorial Day, galvanizing protesters on issues of police brutality, racism and social injustice.
Hundreds of demonstrations in several densely populated areas of New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Minnesota continue to challenge efforts of governors and mayors to maintain law and order.
These cities were on track to reopen after more than two months of stay-at-home orders aimed at stemming the outbreak. Economic inactivity is already threatening the livelihoods of their residents who represent a significant portion of the 40 million people unemployed nationwide.
Many states had already activated National Guard troops to help manage the pandemic and resources for security are stretched thin.
Several Democratic leaders have been complicit in their support of the anarchists infiltrating the protesters, like the loosely organized group ANTIFA America. It boldly tweeted on Sunday that it is “moving into the white hoods” to “take what’s ours.”
Some of them are clinging to the hope that rage among their liberal base, particularly African Americans, will give them momentum for electoral victory in November, especially after their presumed presidential nominee’s racially-charged outburst.
The former vice president told black radio host Charlamagne Tha God last month, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
He tried to placate black church leaders in Delaware on Monday, promising to end institutional racism and assuring them that he has never taken the support of the black community for granted.
Liberal Hollywood celebrities like Justin Timberlake, Chrissy Teigen and Seth Rogen have been donating to legal defense funds set up to bail out incarcerated protesters.
“Justin, how about giving your millions to a fund to help the African-American and Hispanic small businesses that are being burned & looted rather than a fund to bail out the spoiled (often white) ANTIFA terrorists who are destroying minority communities?” Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz tweeted Monday.
Others were openly rejoicing as the mayhem forced the Secret Service to briefly relocate President Donald Trump to an underground bunker on Friday night.
Demonstrators targeted the White House, forcing police to fire tear gas and stun grenades into crowds of protesters.
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser said Monday on NBC’s Today show, “We know we have people who came here with tools and supplies.”
She issued a citywide overnight curfew and activated the entire National Guard troop of about 1,700 soldiers to help control the protesters.
She urged them to self-isolate and get tested as public officials expressed concern that demonstrations, coupled with the reopenings of businesses could setback efforts to contain COVID-19.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey warned, “We have two crises that are sandwiched on top of one other” as the state’s health commissioner advised that the protests could trigger new cases of the virus.
Minnesota reported its highest single day death count of 35 on Thursday and 29 on Friday.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also pointed out that infection rates were still high in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, as the city prepares for some businesses to reopen next week.
He cautioned the protesters noting, “Even if you are a young superhero and you think you are immune from the virus, you can give it to someone else. You can give it to your mother, your father, your aunt, your people living in dense communities. You have many people in one housing complex. You can’t socially distance in an elevator in public housing.”
The SoHo district bore the brunt of the demonstrators’ wrath on Sunday night as they looted upscale stores, smashing windows at Gucci, Chanel and Bloomingdales, and stealing goods for disbursement and exchange.
More than 250 people were arrested and one man was shot. Police were also injured.
California’s political leaders, physicians and public health officials are also becoming increasingly concerned that mass protests and looting in cities across the state could trigger a new COVID-19 outbreak.
Reopenings are also slated to begin this week, even though the state confirmed 111,904 coronavirus cases and 4,172 deaths on Sunday evening.
More than half of the state’s deaths have occurred in Los Angeles County, ground zero for protests and unrest. It is the epicenter of the outbreak, with a total of 2,294 COVID-19 deaths. On Friday 1,824 new cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 51,562.
In Los Angeles more than 900 people were arrested for violating curfew and other offenses as violence erupted. Skirmishes were also reported in the cities of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland, and in the suburbs of San Leandro, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek.
Looters and vandals ran amok in Santa Monica and downtown Long Beach where cops watched as people took merchandise from stores.
Leftists will have to stop offering lip service and tacit support for violent protesters if they want to prevent their cities from being torn apart. Double speak will only embolden and empower anarchists bent on destruction.