On July 19, 2017, the pastor and now U.S. Senator-Elect from Georgia, Raphael Warnock was detained in the United States Capitol in the very place where Trump zealots committing acts of sedition and ran amuck shaming our democracy. His crime was peacefully protesting Trump’s budget cuts by PRAYING!
In 2017, Ralphael Warnock, pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, was among a group of peaceful protesters from the clergy who traveled to Washington, D.C. to oppose budget cuts submitted by President Donald J. Trump, who was arduously seeking to repeal Obamacare. The now Senator-Elect was arrested by capitol-police for the egregious act of praying. This is not a misprint, yes praying…oh and singing.
Feeling the final death throes of the election slipping away from him and having his army of angry supporters primed by his “Save America Rally,” President Trump sent thousands of his right-wing President conspiracy believers to the steps of Congress and beyond. “Our country has had enough,” Trump said. “We will not take it anymore, and that’s what this is all about. To use a favorite term that all of you people came up with, we will stop the steal.” Warnock was attempting to save thousands from being cut from insurance eligibility and Trump was trying to prevent himself from being indicted.
President Trump’s newly defined enemy of the people was targeted. The United States Congress was now in the crosshairs by an angry, hateful mob intended to save Trump’s presidency. America and the world witnessed an out of control mob incensed by the President of the United States storm the United States Capitol building where both congress houses were in session.
Today we learned a capitol police officer was killed defending our democracy from Trump’s mob.
The president made a plea for all good people participating in this patriotic outing to go home. They filed out by the thousands laughing and walking with swagger as the minimal law enforcement presence looked the other way. Demonstrators were seen taking selfies with Capitol police, swarming past barriers opened by police, and escorting protesters away from the very buildings they illegally entered.
After all, they were the president’s emissaries for truth. And it was a justifiable cause sent from the “Law and Order” president.
The paradox to another event is just too similar to let pass. A pastor In 2017, Rev. Raphael Warnock, who was newly elected to the U.S. Senate in Georgia in a hotly contested election that determined the governing body’s balance, was arrested for … praying.
According to OCGNews, Warnock was arrested and later released after he and the others were singing and praying on the U.S. Capitol’s grounds on July 18, 2017. The delegation, including Pastor Cynthia L. Hale of Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia, was arrested in the rotunda in the Russell Senate Office Building in the sprawling complex.
Warnock said at the time that he was committed to improving conditions for what he called ‘the least of these.”
“As a pastor, I believe the national budget is not just a fiscal document but a moral document. It reflects what we believe and who we are for one another. And if this mean-spirited budget were an EKG, it would indicate that America has a heart condition,” Warnock said in a statement he released at the time. “The government is taking student aid, job training, and medicine from those who need it most in order to give a tax cut to those who need it least. We came to Washington as voices of healing and justice. America is better than this. That’s our message. And when I consider those who will suffer, my getting arrested is a small price to pay.”
Protesters who breached the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, the day Congress was to certify the President-elect Joe Biden’s victory officially, were treated much better than Black demonstrators who rallied for racial justice over the summer. Those peaceful demonstrators were met with a show of force by police around the country.
The United States democracy was on display, January 6, 2021, before world opinion, and the verdict was shame.
Warnock describes being arrested by Capitol Police