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Indiana Republican Senator Mike Braun got his a$$ handed to him by Tucker Carlson last night. Senator Braun had come on the show to defend his positions on changing qualified immunity for police and the Rayshard Brooks death. He also defended his support of Black Lives Matter.
With Republicans like this, who needs Democrats?
Senator Mike Braun from Indiana says he supports BLM—the abolish police, abolish prisons, destroy the family unit, pro-sex work Marxist organization
He’s a Republican from a deep red state.
This is why we are losing our country.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 30, 2020
Braun argued Monday that unless Republican lawmakers work to change the system, “Democrats are going to spin it” to their benefit in the November elections.
“Chuck Schumer has already decided he can make hay of this in the election and we will end up on the short side of it again,” Braun said.
“Who controls the Senate?” Carlson fired back. “I thought Republicans controlled the Senate. So you’re taking your cues from Chuck Schumer [and] saying, ‘He might criticize me, therefore I have to pass a law that makes it easier to sue police’?”
Braun did himself no favors with this interview. In fact, he lost my vote in the next election. He has shown himself to be a politician who twists in the wind and lacks courage to stand up for what is right and true.
A couple of times during the course of the interview, Braun referred to himself as being a “Main Street” guy. But, from his answers, it’s clear he’s a Washington guy.
Where Braun looked particularly weak was in defending his statement in which he lumped in the Rayshard Brooks killing in with George Floyd and Breonna Taylor’s deaths.
Last week, Braun said:
“I wanted to put a template out there that protects law enforcement from frivolous lawsuits but holds egregious departments and individuals accountable in these egregious instances of George Floyd or Rayshard Brooks or Breonna Taylor.”
Tucker had a field day with Braun on that comment. Braun was unable to effectively defend his statement that Brooks’ death was egregious. Let’s not forget Brooks fought with the officers, took the officers taser, and turned and fired it at him.
When Carlson asked pointedly whether Braun thought former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe –who fired the fatal shots after Brooks fired his own Taser at him — deserves the felony murder charge and he now faces, the senator said the decision would be “determined by the courts.”
“You cited it,” Carlson interjected. “What do you think of it? You’re the one who called it egregious, so why don’t you tell us what Officer Rolfe should have done when this man fired a Taser at him?
“I think that you probably should have had the judgment in a traffic stop like that,” Braun answered. “You don’t shoot somebody in the back.”
“You are an officeholder,” Carlson went on. “I don’t normally press people like this but it’s not fair for you to filibuster without answering the question which is very simple. The officer facing the death penalty had a guy fire a weapon at him. What should he have done then?”
“Probably not have killed the guy,” Braun remarked.
Now you know why they are always trying to take down Tucker
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 30, 2020
I implore you to watch the entire interview. It is nine minutes well spent, especially if you live in Indiana.