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Dem Candidate On Looting: ‘So What? Burn It To The Ground If That’s What It Takes’

A Democratic congressional candidate downplayed looting and arson during a digital campaign event on Tuesday.

Responding to a questioner who expressed her concern about the left-wing push to abolish the police, Texas Democratic candidate Kim Olson argued that police departments are overfunded, before pivoting to downplaying looting and arson.

Olson took issue with what she said were snipers on city buildings during a protest in Dallas, which in 2016 was the site of a mass shooting targeting police officers during a protest.

“What the hell you got snipers on the roof for in a peaceful march? Even if people loot, so what?” Olson said in a video that was first reported by the Washington Examiner. “Burn it to the ground, you know, if that’s what it’s going to take to fix our nation. I know people don’t want me to say that but I’m just saying,” she added.

Olson is in a runoff for the Democratic primary for Texas’s 24th Congressional District. Rachel Perry, Olson’s campaign manager, claimed the candidate’s words were “taken out of context.”

“This quote is being taken out of context,” Perry told the Examiner. “As a combat vet, Colonel Olson knows first hand the human heartbreak of violence. She knows we cannot use force to fix a systemic problem of undue violence and discrimination perpetrated by those who are sworn to protect and serve. We have to rebuild from the ground up a color-blind public safety institution across America,” she added.

Olson’s office didn’t immediately return the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for additional comment.

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  1. I heard a black man say almost the exact words as the dem candidate, he owned one of the businesses that was set on fire. He spoke that to a reporter and into a TV camera during the burning down of Minneapolis which was televised live on Friday May 29th. Unfortunately President Trump is being blamed for what the rioters have done. The true criminals will never accept responsibility for the horror they inflicted on so many and this Dem needs to hang her head in shame.

  2. You said you, “heard a black man say almost the exact words as the dem candidate.” So he said “burn it to the ground if that’s what it takes.”?

  3. If Dallas voters elect this idiot the resulting democrat mess will be on their heads. “Remember the Alamo!”

  4. By don’t the looters start with looting and burning her house, cars, busness, everything she owns and values. Just leave her destittute. Then see what kind I of song she sings. Leave her and her family totally wiped out!!

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