You gotta have some nerve.
The Trump administration and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are expressing deep concern over the presidential election in Belarus, where security forces are responding with violent force and mass detention against peaceful protesters demonstrating against the results.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday told reporters that the administration is “deeply concerned” about an election process “marred” by restrictions and intimidation against candidates, the blocking of independent election observers, “and the detention of peaceful protesters and journalists.”
“We urge the Belarusian government to respect the right to peaceably assemble and to refrain from the use of force,” she said.
Protests have occurred in the capital city Minsk and surrounding cities and villages since Sunday night against election results awarding victory to presidential incumbent Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the country for 26 years and is often described as “Europe’s last dictator.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday said the elections were “not free and fair” and urged the Belarusian government to respect the rights of peaceful protesters and condemned the use of internet shutdowns in an attempt to prevent citizens from gathering.
“We urge the Belarusian government to respect the rights of all Belarusians to participate in peaceful assembly, refrain from use of force, and release those wrongfully detained,”Pompeo said in a statement. “We strongly condemn ongoing violence against protesters and the detention of opposition supporters, as well as the use of internet shutdowns to hinder the ability of the Belarusian people to share information about the election and the demonstrations.”
About 1,000 people were detained in Minsk and 3,000 nationwide on Sunday, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported, and dozens more were arrested on Monday, when security forces reportedly used stun grenades, rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse demonstrators.
Imagine that the government pretends to be representing the American people with this.
This is the number one thing the American people are concerned about right now: democracy in Belarus and the use of force against rioters.
Meanwhile, in America, virtually every major city is under attack, and our president’s home is under siege.
This is what Chicago looks like while the gigantic humanoid slug Mike Pompeo is whining about Belarus.
It’s just completely incomprehensible that the alleged leaders of America are going to go around spreading kook conspiracy theories about Belarusian democracy right now.
It’s beyond the pale.
It’s an extreme betrayal of the people of this country.
Indeed, it is treason.