A Republican state senator in Washington, where violent riots broke out after the election of President-elect Donald Trump last week, has begun crafting a bill that would allow prosecutors to drop the hammer on protesters and rioters who engage in what he described as “economic terrorism.”
In a news brief published Wednesday, state Sen. Doug Ericksen explained that the bill would permit the felony prosecution for “economic terrorism” that would target “those who intentionally break the law in an attempt to intimidate or coerce private citizens or the government by obstructing economic activity,” as reported by KCPQ.
“I respect the right to protest, but when it endangers people’s lives and property, it goes too far,” he continued. “Fear, intimidation and vandalism are not a legitimate form of political expression. Those who employ it must be called to account.”
Those who “fund, organize, sponsor or encourage others to commit acts of economic terrorism” would also be liable, he added.
“We are not just going after the people who commit these acts of terrorism,” Ericksen said. “We are going after the people who fund them. Wealthy donors should not feel safe in disrupting middle class jobs.”
Billionaire rabble-rouser George Soros might want to keep this in mind the next time he considers encouraging disenchanted liberals to riot like barn animals.
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Note that Ericksen’s proposal would not apply to Americans who engage in peaceful protests but rather to thugs who attempt to block traffic and/or place the public’s safety at risk.
According to The Seattle Times, misdemeanor trespassing laws already apply to protest-related disturbances such as blocking railroads, but Ericksen’s proposal would make it a felony.
The likelihood of his bill actually making it into law is unfortunately slim — due both to the state’s divided legislature and to the interference of the American Civil Liberties Union, whose representatives have called it inflammatory and unnecessary.
If someone in the Republican-controlled Congress were to take up such a bill on the national level, however, then Ericksen’s efforts would not have been in vain.
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