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Republican Sen. John Kennedy (La.) on Monday advised anti-police activists to “call a meth head” the next time they’re in danger and in need of assistance.
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The conservative lawmaker, known for his folksy witticisms, made the suggestion during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity Monday evening while the two were discussing the continued anti-police sentiment expressed by progressive activists and Democratic politicians.
“I’ve said it before, if you hate cops just because they’re cops, feel free to call a criminal, call a meth head the next time you get in trouble,” Kennedy said.
“I just do not accept, nor do I think most Americans accept, that most cops are bad people, or racist,” he went on to say. “They don’t get up every day and go into work hoping they can hurt somebody. Most of them get up every day and hope they can themselves come back home alive.”
Earlier in the interview, Kennedy noted that police officers “have about 60 million encounters with Americans every year,” the vast majority of which end without insult or injury.
He suggested that when someone is injured or killed during a police-involved incident that an investigation ought to be conducted before assumptions are made. Though waiting for the facts of a particular case to emerge is not something in style in today’s reactionary society.
Kennedy went on to state a few propositions, which he insisted reflect “common sense” and with which most Americans would agree.
“Number one, most cops, many of whom happen to be Black, do not get up every day and go to work hoping for the opportunity to hurt a person of color,” the senator said.
“Number two, cops are necessary,” he argued. “If you support defunding the police, you have tested positive for stupid.”
“Number three, it is immeasurably foolish to resist arrest,” Kennedy continued. “It is going to end badly even if no one is hurt.”
Lastly — in reference to the recent police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio — Kennedy requested, “If you are a cop and you see someone about to stab me, I would personally appreciate it if you would stop them. Shoot them if you have to, I don’t care who they are.”