“Who ‘ya gonna call? Dr. Phil?”
Lewis Visits Burned-Out Businesses, Blasts Tina Smith’s Proposal to “Reimagine” Policing
June 9, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement after spending Tuesday afternoon visiting businesses in Minneapolis that were destroyed by arsonists and speaking with business owners about the latest plans from the Minneapolis City Council to defund the Minneapolis Police Department. Lewis’ visit follows his appearance on Fox News at Night on Monday night discussing Senator Tina Smith’s continued refusal to stand up for law enforcement.
“Today I returned to Minneapolis to visit with more business owners who have had their livelihoods destroyed by rioters. The devastation within our communities is heartbreaking. One of the businesses we visited today was Olympic Café on Broadway. This restaurant, which has been serving the community for 20 years, was completely destroyed by arsonists. Ahmed Omara, the owner of the café, says his business could have been saved if there had been greater police presence, not less as some are now proposing.
Another business we visited, 7-Sigma, has been in the community for 47 years. The business was destroyed by fire, and owner Kris Wyrobek says he won’t rebuild in Minneapolis. The abject failure of our state and local officials is driving businesses out of Minneapolis, and this latest proposal to abolish the police only further exacerbates the issue.
These business owners know firsthand what kind of damage can be done when public order is abandoned and anarchy sets in. It is unfathomable that our leaders, including Senator Tina Smith, are sitting idly by while radicals like Ilhan Omar and members of the Minneapolis City Council pledge to dismantle the police. Have they already forgotten what happened just days ago when over 500 Twin Cities businesses were destroyed by looters and arsonists? Everyone in a position of power should be speaking out against this dangerous proposal. Public order is the first object of government. It is not a privilege, it is a right!
Showing just how out of touch she is with the situation on the ground in Minneapolis, Senator Tina Smith says we need to ‘reimagine policing’ and ‘increase funding to social service providers’ in order for everyone to feel safe. Who are you going to call if somebody breaks into your home? Dr. Phil? Whether you call it abolishing, defunding, or reimagining, this is about gutting police protection. Contrary to what Senator Tina Smith thinks, social workers cannot take the place of police.”