Fueling the mob is all fun and games until it turns on you.
A mayor from Washington state who has been supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement — even as it has, at times, descended into rioting, looting, arson, and killing in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death — cried “domestic terrorism” after vandals damaged her home.
As The Olympian reports, two protest groups with opposing ideologies converged in downtown Olympia over the weekend, at which time some became destructive, smashing windows, spray-painting businesses, and burning flags.
One of the groups, aligned with Black Lives Matter, consisted of 50 black-clad protesters who arrived at Sylvester Park for a rally advertised on social media as similar to last Friday’s open-mic protest in the downtown area.
The second group was made up of about 30 persons wearing neon-yellow t-shirts emblazoned on the front and back with the word “peacekeepers.” Some held paintball guns.
The black-clad group marched on City Hall before heading for downtown, stealing trash cans and “ROAD WORK AHEAD” signs from parking lots and sidewalks, flipping them over and dragging them through the streets. The “peacekeepers” put the public property back up while the BLM group heckled them.
Eventually, the black-clad group made its way up Capitol Way and into the South Capitol neighborhood to the home of Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby (shown), where they chanted “abolish the police” and one participant sprayed her front porch and door with “BLM.”
A man holding a blunt object told the group of vandals to leave, threatening them if they didn’t.
Selby and her family were not home at the time of the incident, but her neighbors began texting her about it when the mob arrived on site.
“I’m really trying to process this,” she told The Olympian over the phone. “It’s like domestic terrorism. It’s unfair.”
“It hurts when you’re giving so much to your community,” the mayor added.
Selby’s home was also targeted two years ago during a May Day demonstration. Protesters gathered in her neighborhood, spreading around leaflets and directing chants at her.
Yet the mayor has been supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement, issuing a statement earlier this month in which she declared that she would not impose a curfew on those protesting the death of George Floyd.
“Let me be clear: The City of Olympia supports the peaceful protests that highlight the racial injustices black people continue to endure at the hands of police in the United States.”
The city, Selby asserted, was “not without sin in this matter.” She pointed to the well-off condition of neighborhoods such as her own as a sign that Olympia needs to be more “welcoming” of the city’s “diverse” citizens:
We are a predominantly white community next to communities that are far more diverse. That tells us that we are not, we have not been as welcoming and nurturing to communities of color as we’d like to think. The light switched on in America by Mr. Floyd’s murder shines glaringly on Olympia, as well.
After leaving the mayor’s neighborhood on Friday night, the BLM mob headed back downtown, where they vandalized several businesses. An Olympia police lieutenant reported that there was so much vandalism that the police wouldn’t have all the reports complete for days.
Nevertheless, Olympia police refused to intervene with the destruction, only hanging onto the periphery on patrol vehicles and bikes but not getting close to the marchers.
Later on, a fight broke out after a member of the “peacekeepers” tried to intervene while the BLM group burned an American flag from the Olympia Inn. The man who tried to rescue the flag was seen on the ground and his companions tried to assist him.
The mayor said she feels sorry for her neighbors, a number of whom are families with young children who now fear the vandals will continue coming to the area.
“People have so little grace for each other right now. We need to have more grace,” Selby said.
In an even more extreme example of hypocrisy, veteran NBA reporter Chris Palmer showed his support for BLM’s extremism when he tweeted out a photo of a burning building with the caption “Burn that sh*t down. Burn it all down.”
Later, however, he changed his tune when agitators showed up in his neighborhood:
They just attacked our sister community down the street. It’s a gated community and they tried to climb the gates. They had to beat them back. They destroyed a Starbucks and are now in front of my building. Get these animals TF out of my neighborhood. Go back to where you live.
Limousine liberals don’t like living with the consequences of their politics. Unfortunately, their eleventh-hour epiphanies are often too little, too late.
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