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Sen. Hirono Walks Out of Hearing After Refusing to Denounce or Criticize Antifa

Sen. Hirono Walks Out of Hearing After Refusing to Denounce or Criticize Antifa

“Sometimes I don’t think you listen.” Sen. Hirono to Sen. Cruz

Democrats have been loudly silent on Antifa and their domestic terrorist-like tactics. During a hearing discussing nationwide protests, Sen. Hirono (D-HI) refused to criticize Antifa.

She mentioned freedom of speech and then suggested any attempt to get a Democrat on record criticizing the group of thugs was little more than political gamesmanship. And in some ways, the latter is true, but this one is easy — Antifa is destroying businesses, property, livelihoods, that’s just a fact. There ought to be unilateral criticism of such behavior, and yet…


From Fox News:

“Sometimes I don’t think you listen,” Hirono told Cruz at the Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing as he finished up with a nearly 10-minute speech.  “So, how many times have I had to say that we all should be denouncing violent extremists of every stripe.”

“Does that include Antifa?” said Cruz, who was chairing the hearing.

“I have the time,” Hirono shot back.

“…I hope this is the end of this hearing, Mr. Chairman, and that we don’t have to listen to any more of your rhetorical speeches,” Hirono concluded.  “Thank you very much. I’m leaving.”

Hirono then packed up to leave the hearing before Cruz adjourned it.

“Well I appreciate the, as always, kind of uplifting words of Senator Hirono,” Cruz said. “And I would also note that throughout her remarks she still did not say a negative word about Antifa nor has any Democrat here.”

He urged her again to denounce the leftist extremist group. “You’re welcome to say something negative about Antifa right now,” Cruz said to his departing colleague.

“I think that I’ve covered the subject quite well,” Hirono replied in barely audible remarks before exiting the room.

“Okay, she declined to speak, so that is the position of the Democratic Party,” Cruz said.

Professor Turley was testifying during the hearing:

Hirono is a well-documented nutter who thinks anti-Catholic smears (she attacked a federal judicial nominee for being part of the Knights of Columbus) are totes fine and that religious freedoms are part of “alt-right” ideology (she accused Sen. Sasse of embracing the alt-right).


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The Dhimmi-crats lack the basic moral probity and integrity to criticize their goose-stepping, violent, brownshirt thugs. Similar to how they can’t bring themselves to criticize the sundry Jew-haters within the Party’s ranks.

These are not hard issues. There is no “grey” area. If you can’t bring yourself to criticize violent thugs who act out their totalitarian urges against innocents, then you are helping to enable this evil. It’s really that simple.

    UserP in reply to guyjones. | August 5, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    I don’t think this woman has problem with “grey” area thinking. She see things in black and white, however she calls black white and white black.

    rightway in reply to guyjones. | August 5, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    I am saddened that nobody seems to appreciate the irony that Mussolini’s facists were noted for their black uniforms. Here the modern ‘antifascists” dress in black.

    Crazy Maisie’s comments tend to remind me of their fellow travelers in CAIR that are unable to condemn Islamist violence, but are willing to condemn “all” violence. No doubt for the same reasons.

      C. Lashown in reply to rightway. | August 5, 2020 at 7:18 pm

      When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding; but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.
      (Proverbs 28:28)

Hirono otherwise known as “my way or the highway.”

Is this a surprise? The Communist Party has decided to shoot its way into power, so there is no way Senator Jiang Qing will denounce her loyal Red Guards.

Many Democrats live in fear of what the thugs will do them if they dare to even disagree with them much less denounce them. They now feel that they may cancelled as easily as their Republican counterparts. Antifa and Black Lives Matter Inc. have reached sacrocanctity. Obey or be annihilated.

    Case in point: in Missouri US Representative Lacy Clay, an in-your-face black supremacist, was defeated in the Communist Party primary by Cori Bush, an even more in-your-face black supremacist.

    One by one the closet Communists are being replaced by the loud-and-proud Communists. Hearing footsteps yet, Madame Pelosi?

    rightway in reply to CapeBuffalo. | August 5, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    In downtown Portland there is graffiti that says the liberals will get the bullet too. It is followed with a hammer and sickle logo. The Democrats really should read up on what happened to the Mensheviks after the revolution. Such as Trotsky.

Hirono is very hard to listen to, because she is repellently insane.

    fscarn in reply to Valerie. | August 5, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    You’re likely correct. But the bigger issue is her constituents. She got more than half the total votes cast. The same attitude infects the constituents of Pelosi, Waters, Jackson-Lee, Schumer, and on and on.

    In this Congress more than half of the 435 are Democrats. Hillary got 65.8 millions votes. Biden will predictably get similar numbers.

    The party of death, (natal, viable, elderly), the party of taxation, the party that detests the Constitution, the party of the KKK, the party of war gets more than 50% of the popular votes. Yikes!

Ohio Historian | August 5, 2020 at 5:58 pm

Why would the Democrats denounce their storm troopers? You know, just like for 70 years they refused to denounce lynching or the KKK?
Democrats own the mob mentality of rob it or burn it down.

    When the KKK was no longer fashionable, the hapless Republican Parry got blamed.

    Of course, “moderate” Republicans eagerly accepted the blame in exchange for a bored compliment from the Joseph Goebbels media about how “bipartisan” and decent they were (unlike the worse-than-Hitler Reagan and Trump).

Democrats can’t criticize their revolutionaries, and she couldn’t care about what cities on the mainland get trashed, its not her problem.

Just remember that she, and all other Democrat office holders, have taken the oath required by Article VI. In her case, several times.

John Adams had it right. “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Does she, does any Democrat, fit that description?

The price for living in a post-Christian world is getting steeper and steeper.

Grrr8 American | August 5, 2020 at 6:18 pm

You really didn’t expect her to criticize a significant part of the base of her party, now did you?

If Republicans were smart (few are) they’d start saying “the Antifa base of the Democrat Party” every time they mention Antifa.

Are they all like that in Hawaii? Too much pineapple?
She really disgusts me..

    on my knees and praying in reply to amwick. | August 5, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    No. She stands alone. She does not reflect all of the people of Hawaii. She’s embarrassing. Sadly, though, we are a very sleeping, democratic state.

Colonel Travis | August 5, 2020 at 6:32 pm

If you do not condemn, you condone.
No more complicated than that.

BierceAmbrose | August 5, 2020 at 7:36 pm

“But the bigger issue is her constituents. She got more than half the total votes cast.”

*Votes cast*, not registered voters, eligable voters,or names on voter rolls (moving from less to more.)

What happens when a passive n disengaged voters show up n vote their interest? How much turnout headroom is tbere for the less crazy party.

– If you want yr cities usable, maybe not so much voting for folks who see cities as “room to destroy.” Or vote *against* them by voting *for* anybody else.

– If you want to get on with yr life, maybe less voting for people who see locking you down as good in itself. Or vote *against* them by voting *for* anybody else.

There’s plenty opportunistic good The Orange Crush has done, n given the oppy he’ll do moren just to spite the folks in his face. The R party needs numerical control of both houses to shut down some of the obstruction.

Many down-ticket R’s can deliver progress if they gdt in. (From principle, if *why* matters to you.)

BJT, if that’s not enough, vote against. If you aren’t inspired enough to vote against yr local apparatchek, vote against, vote to deflate the “leadership.”

What if that were Hirano’s committee? We’ve seen the hacks at work when they have the gavel. Just, no.

    BierceAmbrose in reply to BierceAmbrose. | August 6, 2020 at 2:10 pm


    And that was a demonstration of the symptoms of “cognitive load” and the broader metaphor of “mental energy.”

    Post-TBI, seeing the little screen, n managing the crappy UI, I make more mistakes, literally can’t see the mistakes, and lose both the ability to observe those, n judgment about them.

    Hacks, hacks, hacks, n habits, habits, habits. Sometimes I get all enthusiastic, n the safety nets fail.

“Sometimes I don’t think you listen.” I believe the last 2 words in that sentence are unnecessary.

She represents the people of Hawaii. Time to give them their autonomy back and let them loose.
It’s a win for us, two less dem senators should we be able to kick them out of the union.

Back in the day, the party out of power was the “loyal opposition”. Now it is resistance, anarchists and criminal malcontents. Seems the Democrat party looks upon them as a large constituency. Their leaders openly defend hoods and their tactics. They deserve every citizen’s scorn.

Loathsome human being, and dim witted at best. Nice job Hawaii.

BierceAmbrose | August 6, 2020 at 2:21 pm

Is it wrong that I’m really more offended by the dumb?

There’s a not too difficult rhetorical pivot which Hiro-Glyphic there couldn’t, or wouldn’t find, that would work even up against Cruz’s verbal dexterity.

“You seem to need to hear the word ‘antifa.’ OK, pay attention Sen Cruz.

— I condemn the people calling themselves ‘antifa’ using street thuggey to … well, I don’t really know what.

— Thuggery is just wrong. They’re muddying up the legitimate issues we ought to be paying attention to: what other thuggery are we not addressing?

— If people need protests, paralyzed cities, burning, looting, thuggery and yes murder to get attention on legit issues, we have two problems, not one, don’t we?

How about some more transparency on all the thuggery, and yes, changes to how we manage policing if that’s what we need to do. Stop trying to turn this into a team sport Sen Cruz — it’s way too important for that.”

Not adroit enough to make that pivot or her handlers — smarter than she — can’t allow it.