The 2019 “We The People Summit” held in Washington, D.C. on Monday hosted eight top Democratic candidates for president in 2020. Kicking off the proceedings was a chant quoting fugitive cop-killer Assata Shakur.
Jamal Watkins, Vice President of Civic Engagement at the NAACP, led the crowd in a call-and-answer session comprised of the words, “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”
The chant is from Shakur, aka Joanne Chesimard, who herself was referencing Karl Marx. She is a convicted and escaped cop-killer who, in 2013 was named to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list.
According to Mediaite, top 2020 Democratic candidates slated to speak at this conference include former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Governor Jay Inslee (Wash.), Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Bernie Sanders (Vt.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), and Cory Booker (N.J.).
Booker stands out in particular, as he hails from the state where Shakur murdered State Trooper Werner Foerster during a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973.
Will any of these Democrats show the courage to denounce the words of Shakur? Better still, do you think for one moment that had some moron kicking off a Trump rally recited words from a terrorist that it wouldn’t be on the news 24/7?
JetBlue Apologizes Over Use of Shakur in Black History Month Tribute
While Democrats will likely avoid having to apologize for any association with the words of Shakur, JetBlue wasn’s quite as fortunate after featuring the cop-killer in a Black History Month tribute at a John F. Kennedy International terminal in New York.
— Jen (@Jennymz76Jenny) February 24, 2019
The company was forced to apologize, saying their “intention was always to unite our crewmembers and customers around the importance of Black History Month.”
Maxine Waters Has Defended Shakur as a ‘Political Activist’
In 1998, Rep. Maxine Waters sent a personal letter to Fidel Castro apologizing for a vote she took demanding Shakur be extradited.
In the letter, she refers to the cop-killer as nothing more than “a political activist” who was fleeing “political persecution” and said that Castro was right to grant her “political asylum.”
In 1998 Maxine Waters wrote this letter begging Fidel Castro not to extradite FBI Most Wanted Terrorist Joanne Chesimard aka Assata Shakur.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) January 17, 2019
Trump Demands She Be Returned to the U.S.
As Democrats celebrate her words and declare her nothing more than a “political prisoner,” President Trump has been very outspoken in having Shakur extradited back to the United States.
In June of 2017, the president called on the Cuban government to “put an end to the abuse of distance.”
“Release the political prisoners. Stop jailing innocent people. Open yourselves to political and economic freedoms,” Trump demanded. “Return the fugitives from American justice including the return of the cop killer Joanne Chesimard.”
At the time, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) praised Trump for calling on Shakur’s return.
“It sends a powerful message to the Cubans of the importance of returning her,” Menendez said in an interview. “When the president of the United States verbalizes her name as a focal point, I think it’s a very powerful moment.”
Anybody seeking to perform the duty of journalist might want to ask Menendez how he feels about his colleagues’ associating with a conference praising her words.
Cross posted at the Mental Recession