Lewis Blasts Smith’s Senate Floor Comments on Thursday, Calls On Media To Do Its Job
June 12, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — “Defunding the police is the worst thing we can do. Tina Smith should be speaking out against these dangerous proposals,” said U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis in a new digital ad buy entitled “Where’s Tina?” Lewis added the following statement on Smith’s ongoing refusal to condemn efforts by radical Democrats to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department as well as her comments on the floor of the United States Senate yesterday:
“Senator Tina Smith finally broke her streak of silence yesterday, but not by condemning the dangerous proposal by radical Democrats to abolish the police department. Instead she took to the floor of the United States Senate to say there’s something ‘dangerously wrong with the role police play in society,’ and that feeling relieved when police arrive is ‘about privilege.’ As the husband and son-in-law of former St. Paul police officers, but also as a proud American who supports public order, I was appalled by these comments.
While Tina Smith is nowhere to be found, I’ve been meeting with many small business owners in Minneapolis and St. Paul whose businesses were burned and destroyed to ask them how they feel about abolishing the police department. Unsurprisingly, they find the proposal to be nothing short of insanity. Tina Smith needs to be held accountable for her brazenly hostile comments toward all police officers and her refusal to condemn the efforts to defund and dismantle the police department. So today I am proud to announce we are launching a new ad buy called “Where’s Tina?” to do just that.
The press needs to start asking Senator Smith, ‘Why aren’t you speaking out against these dangerous proposals to defund and dismantle the police department?’ The voters of Minnesota and I eagerly await the media’s long overdue inquiries and Tina’s response. The safety of our communities and the future of our country is on the line.”
The Rule of Law is Under Assault,” Lewis Tells Small Business Owners
June 11, 2020
ST. PAUL, Minn. — U.S.
Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement after
spending the day on Thursday visiting businesses in St. Paul that were
destroyed by arsonists. This is a continuation of Lewis’ recent visits to Minneapolis businesses devastated by the recent riots.
we continued our tour of the devastation of businesses and communities
across the Twin Cities. One of the stops was Lloyd’s Pharmacy on
Snelling Avenue. Jim Stage recently purchased the business, which has
been serving the community since 1908, to fulfill his lifelong dream.
But now his dream has been reduced to rubble due to looters and
arsonists that were allowed to run roughshod over our communities. It is
a similar story for Bole Ethiopian Cuisine where owners Solomon Haile
and Rekik Abaineh have seen years’ worth of blood, sweat, and tears go
up in flames. It was Rekik’s dream to share her love of Ethiopian
cuisine with others, and together her and Solomon built a restaurant
that became a local favorite. They were a perfect example of the
American dream, and now their business is completely destroyed.
those calling to defund the police—or ‘reimagine policing’ as Senator
Tina Smith likes to say—they need to look no further than our own
communities to see the consequences of anarchy. As rioters were
destroying businesses, the police were given orders to stand down. This
is what it looks like when public order is abandoned. This is the
greatest abdication of responsibility I’ve seen in my lifetime, and the
Democrats that control these cities have a lot to answer to.
Without public order, the mob will control the neighborhood and with it your freedom. Whether it is looters and arsonists destroying businesses, or rioters taking down statues at our Capitol, we’re seeing firsthand what it looks like when anarchists take over and demand complete conformity. And under Minnesota Democrats, from Governor Tim Walz to Senator Tina Smith, no one from the government will be there to stop it. Property, free speech, and the rule of law are all under assault. When no one pushes back against a mob, you get more of them. Our leaders are putting Minnesotans’ rights in jeopardy by failing to enforce public order.”
Lewis Blasts AG Ellison For Moving to Dismiss Lawsuit Against Unconstitutional Orders
June 11, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement after the office of Attorney General Keith Ellison moved to dismiss the campaign’s lawsuit challenging Governor Tim Walz’s unconstitutional executive orders.
“Last month, my campaign filed a lawsuit against the state of Minnesota for the gross overreach by the Walz Administration in its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. These unconstitutional power grabs by radical liberals like Senator Tina Smith and Governor Tim Walz are creating a brave new world where chaotic protesters are okay but gathering with friends and family or even going to church is not.
The Walz Administration refuses to be held accountable for what we now know was a horribly ill-advised policy of quarantining the healthy while putting the most vulnerable in congregated living centers at risk. Attorney General Keith Ellison’s motion to dismiss our campaign suit is just adding insult to injury. So is their argument that ‘there is no threat of any enforcement action’ unless they mean campaign gatherings are okay again.
As I have said for months now, the overreach from these unprecedented lockdowns has moved beyond economic hardship and favoritism into the realm of threatening our most basic liberties, including the fundamental right to travel and to gather. Our lawsuit was a notice for the state that it, too, has limits. Our power-grabbing politicians need to be held to account, for ourselves and posterity.”
Lewis Visits Minneapolis Business Burned-Out By Rioters, Blasts Abysmal Leadership
June 10, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement after visiting 7-Sigma, a manufacturing company based in South Minneapolis that was burned-out by arsonists during the recent riots, on Tuesday. Owner Kris Wyrobek has announced he will not be rebuilding his business in Minneapolis due to the abject failure of city officials to protect the community from rioters. Instead, Wyrobek will relocate his business outside of Minneapolis.
“Yesterday I visited 7-Sigma in South Minneapolis. This business, owned by Kris Wyrobek, has been operating in Minneapolis for 47 years. But the city is about to lose this long-standing member of its business community due to the gross incompetence of our leaders.
Kris, like many other business owners in the Twin Cities, watched in horror as his community was overtaken by looters and arsonists. Not only did city officials fail to control the rioters, they also ignored the desperate calls for help from business owners whose livelihoods were being destroyed. Who would want to keep their business in a city with such clear disregard for their survival? And the latest intentions from the Minneapolis City Council to defund the police only adds insult to injury. To top it off, not a single city official has reached out to Kris following the destruction of his business, while several other cities have already expressed interest in having 7-Sigma relocate to their town.
The abysmal leadership in Minneapolis, right up to and including Senator Tina Smith, has turned the city into a hostile environment for businesses. Mark my words: 7-Sigma may be the first business to openly announce plans to relocate out of the city, but it won’t be the last.”
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.”
Lewis Blasts Tina Smith’s Silence on Abolishing the Police
“The idea of abolishing the police after 500 businesses were just damaged or destroyed in in the Twin Cities is complete lunacy.”
June 8, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement after the Minneapolis City Council announced plans to begin disbanding the Minneapolis Police Department, and Senator Tina Smith remains silent on the issue.
“As the husband and son in law of former St. Paul police officers, I was appalled and outraged yesterday when the Minneapolis City Council announced their intention to defund the Minneapolis Police Department. It is unconscionable that this is even a consideration. Democrats’ inflammatory attempts at triggering their radical socialist base for political expediency is quickly becoming very dangerous. Right now across the country policemen and women are being shot, run over, and targeted. The idea of abolishing the police after 500 businesses were just damaged or destroyed in the Twin Cities is complete lunacy.
Senator Tina Smith’s silence on this issue can only mean that she stands with Ilhan Omar and the City Council in wanting to abolish the police. She was nowhere to be found when rioters were burning the city unchecked, and she’s nowhere to be found now that left-wing anarchists want to de-fund the police force. I never fathomed we’d see sitting members of Congress content with abolishing the police, but here we are. Tina Smith has a duty to stand up against this radical proposal. The safety of our communities depends on it.”
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement after the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced they will be holding a contested case hearing on a water quality permit for the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement project.
“Yet another unnecessary delay for Enbridge Line 3 thanks to the urban elites in St. Paul. As Northern Minnesota is struggling due to overreaching COVID lockdowns, now more than ever is the time for significant infrastructure projects. Line 3, a $2.6 billion project, would create 8,600 project-related jobs and an estimated $19 million in additional property tax revenue. Not to mention replacing the 50-year-old corroded pipeline is crucial for protecting our environment by allowing the safe delivery of crude oil and energy to Minnesota communities. There is no reason this project should continue to face roadblocks.
As Jason George, the Business Manager for International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49, said in a statement, ‘No more excuses, no more politics – Minnesota’s elected officials from both sides of the aisle need to quit playing games and do something to get this economy going again.’ I couldn’t agree more. Our leaders, including Senator Tina Smith, need to put their foot down on the continued delays for Line 3. Our economy and our environment depend on it.”
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL, Minn. — U.S.
Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement after
spending Wednesday touring the devastation in Minneapolis and St. Paul
from days of rioting. Lewis also met with Rick Aguilar (longtime Latino
community activist and former St. Paul Chamber of Commerce President),
Congressional candidates Lacy Johnson and Sia Lo, and several
Hmong-American community members in St. Paul whose businesses have been
looted and destroyed. A press conference was held at “New Fashion” on
University Avenue. A video from the press conference can be watched here.
I toured the devastation in Minneapolis and St. Paul and spoke with
several business owners whose livelihoods have been pushed to the brink
of destruction. It is heartbreaking to see firsthand what our
communities are dealing with. We are looking at carnage that we’ve never
seen before. First, businesses were forced to close because of the
overreaching government edicts due to COVID. Now they are dealing with
unfathomable physical and financial damage from rioting and looting that
never should have been allowed to happen in the first place. Hearing
the pain in business owners’ voices as they tell their stories of being
looted, having property destroyed, or having a safe robbed from the back
office, and then describing the uncertainty and instability their
businesses now face was gut-wrenching.
It is worth pointing out
that Senator Tina Smith has not published anything regarding the
devastating toll the riots have taken on our small business owners, nor
does it appear she has taken the time to meet with any of them. I am
disappointed to see this, but unsurprised given her comments calling for
continued protest over the weekend following days of arson and looting.
A total change in leadership is needed for our state. When I am your
next United States Senator, at long last workers and business owners
will have strong leadership that can actually be depended upon in times
WOODBURY, Minn. — U.S.
Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement on
Senator Tina Smith’s continued irresponsible rhetoric as rioting
continues in Minnesota and across the country, as well as her actions as
Chief of Staff to the Minneapolis Mayor in 2008, shooting down a
proposed ordinance requiring protests over 25 people in size to obtain a
“Senator Tina Smith has always had an affinity for the
‘resistance’ Antifa-style faction now in control of the Democrat Party.
In 2008, while serving on a working group as chief of staff for the
mayor of Minneapolis, she openly opposed a proposal that
would have required protest groups apply for a permit if more than 25
demonstrators were going to attend. If the proposed 2008 ordinance had
been in place and been enforced ahead of the riots this week, law
enforcement officers could have been dispersing crowds before the
violence and chaos ever began. Make no mistake, Tina Smith’s inaction on
regulating protests in 2008 directly fueled the rapid escalation of
violence and chaos we have seen in our cities the past eight days.
today, Smith continues to throw fuel on the fire of a very volatile
situation with her irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric. As the
rioting continues, Tina Smith has refused to condemn the violence.
Instead, even in the wake of heartbreaking destruction in our Twin
Cities, she has brazenly encouraged ‘taking to the streets to demand
change,’ even though it ‘may make the folks in charge uncomfortable.’
must begin the process of healing our state and building a better
community for all of our citizens, and that isn’t going to happen if our
elected leaders continue to fan the flames of divisiveness. We need
peace and order, not continued riots and dangerous rhetoric. Minnesotans
Lewis: “Too Little, Too Late? Finally, Curfew Established in Twin Cities”
May 29, 2020
WOODBURY, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement regarding the latest developments around the Minneapolis riots.
“As I called for yesterday, a curfew has finally been established in the Twin Cities. Yesterday, one of our campaign staffers was forced to evacuate their own residence in St. Paul as well due to the unrest.
Many Twin Cities residents are in a state of shock over the crisis in leadership following the mayhem last night when Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, and Governor Tim Walz appeared to have no plan to confront the violence, looting, and torching of entire neighborhoods. After previous problems, it was evident to anyone that trouble was coming Thursday evening, yet the failure to act—a ‘decision not to engage’—abandoned citizens and property owners, not to mention a police precinct, to a harrowing night of carnage.
Adding insult to injury, Governor Tim Walz said it would have been ‘ridiculous’ to break up rioters that violate his own administration’s COVID crowd size rules. In other words, law-abiding Minnesotans could get fined $25,000 if they open their business, but criminals looting businesses and destroying their community have total immunity. Minnesota Democrats have proven they can’t manage pandemics or riots. It’s unconscionable that statewide ‘stay-at-home’ orders were issued for average Minnesotans but none until now for looters and arsonists.
Ultimately, the events over the last few days stem from long-term abysmal leadership and appalling dereliction of duty by our state and local leaders. And while I was encouraged to hear the news from the Hennepin County Attorney this afternoon that the wheels of justice are turning, our beautiful cities now resemble a war zone. Further violence only denigrates the memory of George Floyd.
Where is Senator Tina Smith? Whether riots or extreme quarantines for the healthy – she seems content to ‘cower-in-place,’ eager to let others make the tough calls. Let us hope things will be more stable this weekend, but if more chaos erupts, the President should consider ‘federalizing’ the National Guard and deploy it under a more competent chain of command. This is an exigency and leaders need to act.”