A couple of dozen demonstrators chanted “CNN sucks” across the entrance to the information community’s Atlanta headquarters Saturday afternoon, prompting many Black Lives Matter supporters to ponder why the group was not dispersed from the identical place as BLM was in late Could.
The Saturday rally was organized by the “Stroll Away” marketing campaign, which helps President Donald Trump and is led by “former liberal” New York Metropolis hairdresser Brandon Straka. Movies from the occasion present dozens of demonstrators holding “do not tread on me” Gadsden flags (related to white supremacists) and “#StopTheSteal” posters. A number of self-identifying “ballot employees” had been readily available to relay tales of alleged voter fraud and to corroborate the president’s unfounded claims the November three election was “rigged” in opposition to him.
Straka and rally attendees repeatedly referred to as Biden “a loser” though they offered no tangible proof or allegations backing up their false declare that Trump was victorious.
The “#WalkAway Rescue America Pretend Information Takedown” rally featured a number of visitor audio system along with Straka, who based the group throughout the 2018 midterm elections as a method of turning minorities and LGBT neighborhood members away from the Democrats.
“It is a very, very particular occasion to me. It is near my coronary heart as a result of it was the pretend information that led to me strolling away from the Democratic Get together. Let’s give it up from everybody who walked away from the Democratic Get together this yr,” Straka informed the group as he pointed towards the CNN workplaces above the group.
Movies displaying the seemingly calm Saturday demonstration on social media led many Black Lives Matter backers to query why police had not pushed them off the property utilizing tear gasoline, as occurred to BLM demonstrators six months in the past. CNN itself reported the scene dwell on Could 29, because the “protests turned violent at CNN headquarters.”
In late Could, simply days after the loss of life of George Floyd in Minneapolis, protesters scaled the CNN headquarters signal and raised a Black Lives Matter flag atop the emblem. A Black CNN reporter was arrested and different journalists on the community reported damaged glass and a chaotic scene which led to police utilizing pressure to interrupt up the protest.
CNN host Chris Cuomo reiterated on the air that evening “we’re not being victimized” in an try to shift the narrative again to the largely peaceable anti-police brutality protests occurring in different elements of Atlanta and all through the nation.
“I ponder what number of of them know they’re privileged to have the ability to protest proper in entrance of CNN. BLM protests had been refrained from there each time I used to be there,” one BLM supporter tweeted in response to the Saturday movies in Atlanta. “Humorous we protest in opposition to police violence and hatred they protest for one hate-filled dude.”
“The place’s the tear gasoline?” replied Amberly Wright-Thurman, prompting a number of Twitter customers to say Trump supporters “do not use violence.”
Straka continued railing to the group, highlighting the so-called success of the “Stroll Away” motion primarily based on preliminary exit polls from the election. Straka and lots of others on-hand booed any point out of President-elect Joe Biden‘s identify, persevering with to espouse the false declare he was defeated by Trump.
“We practically doubled the Black vote, noticed monumental shifting with the Hispanic neighborhood, the Asian neighborhood, the Jewish neighborhood, and we doubled the LGBT vote,” Straka continued, prompting a number of extra “CNN sucks” chants.
After the Could protests devolved into violence exterior CNN and police broke it up utilizing their very own present of pressure, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms blasted the BLM protesters: “You might be burning automobiles, you may have defaced the CNN constructing. Ted Turner began CNN in Atlanta 40 years in the past as a result of he believed in who we’re as a metropolis. There was a Black reporter who was arrested on-camera this morning, who works for CNN and they’re telling our tales. And you might be disgracing their constructing.”
Newsweek reached out to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters in addition to the “Rescue America” rally organizers Saturday afternoon.