During the Trump administration, everything he did was driven by white supremacy, but now that Joe Biden is president, everything Republicans attempt to pass or protect is Jim Crow, Jim Crow on steroids, or even Jim Eagle. Axios noted that black lawmakers hated Florida’s anti-riot bill, which they said was a “heartless” return to the Jim Crow era that would stifle the “largely peaceful” protests by groups like Black Lives Matter.
One of the measures of Florida’s “controversial” bill was to free drivers from liability for injuries if they were mobbed by rioters in their cars. Oklahoma has a similar provision in its anti-riot bill, and Newsweek approached it from this angle:
Drivers who run down rioters will not be prosecuted under Oklahoma law https://t.co/BHcEqBfxSL
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) April 23, 2021
As Newsweek reports, “HB 1674 exonerates motorists who ‘unintentionally’ wound or kill someone if they were ‘fleeing from a riot,’ providing the driver exercised ‘due care’ and believed it necessary to protect themselves from serious injury or death.” Remember the guy who was pulled out of his truck and beaten unconscious by a Black Lives Matter protester in Portland? And we almost had Reginald Denny 2.0 this week when a truck driver tried to get through protesters blocking the street outside the Derek Chauvin trial.
Ben Shapiro has an alternative headline:
Alternative headline: Rioters who violently threaten drivers will be assuming the risk https://t.co/G4qKOEQX7H
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 23, 2021
This headline is misleading. Par for the course from the MSM. It protects drivers who are fleeing from riots.
— M. Ryan Porter (@okieroadie) April 23, 2021
So drivers fleeing for their lives are protected…good
— Tim (@tntDVM) April 23, 2021
— Theodore J. Scheckler (@Theodor75457323) April 23, 2021
Love it. ❤️
— Michael Medina (@mjmedinamite) April 24, 2021
Good to see protection for drivers being taken seriously. If a mob is in the road and assaults you, you should have a right to get yourself out of there at their expense
— Kyle (@kebobs22) April 23, 2021
That's not what the bill says. From this article: HB 1674 exonerates motorists who "unintentionally" wound or kill someone if they were "fleeing from a riot," providing the driver exercised "due care" and believed it necessary to protect themselves from serious injury or death.
— Closet Conservative (@coninthecloset) April 23, 2021
Lol this is bait at its finest…if a mob of people come up and start hitting your car, yelling at you, and trying to open your doors you’re allowed to do what you need to do to get yourself to safety…no ones legally “running down” anyone cause they just feel like it
— h0bey (@h0bey1) April 23, 2021
Good. No one gave rioters the right to stand in roadways and put other drivers at risk. Simple fix, don’t riot in the street and you will be fine
— RSelllars (@RandySellars1) April 23, 2021
Sounds grizzly but in the actual cases of rioters trying to harm drivers trying to get away; this is very necessary
— Rixon M. (@PiercedPikachu) April 23, 2021
— AIDS (@Zinloos_FA) April 23, 2021
This needs to pass in every state
— FeedJake14 (@FeedJake14) April 23, 2021
Be right back, I'm moving to Oklahoma.
— Philip Soyputa (@PhilipSoyputa) April 23, 2021
They’re pushing these headlines on the assumption that no one has seen these videos. https://t.co/k8yWCmm2g5
— Tony Sharp??♂️? (@subtlearray) April 23, 2021
“Run down rioters”… I doubt the law had any of this kinda of language.
Multiple instances have occurred where drivers have been pulled out of their cars and beaten when they are perceived as not complying with the unlawful mob.
— Gxpx (@Gxpx5) April 23, 2021
They’ve been shot at when trying to make a turn on a street that “protesters” decide is off-limits.
You deliberately place yourself in front of my moving vehicle, a deadly weapon. I run over you, you die, I get charged with murder because you're dead and there's no charge for stupidity.
— Bart Henderson #EssentiallySpeaking (@barthend) April 23, 2021
Don’t push flaming dumpsters into the street to block traffic so you can “protest” either.
Journalist posts video of ‘a semi truck that just came aggressively through’ crowd blocking street in Minneapolis https://t.co/A71R2ag5VD
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 20, 2021