Georgia State Rep. Park Cannon (D) was arrested Thursday for interfering with elected officials in the performance of their duties by banging on the door of Gov. Brian Kemp and screaming while he was signing an election reform law.
Despite outrage from Democrats on social media, critics of Cannon were quick to point out that she was treated far more respectfully by police than election integrity protesters in Washington, D.C. earlier this year who were labelled “insurrectionists,” hunted by the FBI, and shot and beaten by police.
Cannon made a show of applying hand sanitizer outside Kemp’s office to “protect myself” before ignoring a uniformed police officer’s multiple warnings to step away, and accusing him of “suppressing people’s right to vote by using your gun, and your abilities.”
“Yeah, you said you’re gonna give her one more time like you’re gonna do somethin’,” a confederate of Cannon’s taunted the officer in the background.
When Cannon stepped past the officer to pound on t6he Governor’s door, and ignored his repeated instructions to stop, however, she was swiftly arrested.
Video shows Georgia state Rep. Park Cannon (D) @Cannonfor58 being arrested after she attempted to disrupt the democratic process where @GovKemp was signing new legislation into law at the state Capitol. pic.twitter.com/7auHWIh25x
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) March 26, 2021
While unarmed woman Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed in Washington, D.C. for expressing her First Amendment right to protest, Cannon was merely arrested for repeatedly attempting to interfere in the Democratic process.
In fact, Cannon’s actions appear to fit left-wing Biden Attorney General Merrick Garland’s definition of “domestic terrorism” because she disrupted elected officials in the performance of their duties, and she didn’t do it at night:
“Well, Senator, my own definition, which is about the same as the statutory definition, is the use of violence or threats of violence, uh, in an attempt to disrupt democratic processes,” Garland responded.
The judge continued, “So an attack on a, uh, uh, uh, courthouse, while in operation, uh, trying to prevent judges from actually deciding cases, that plainly is, um, domestic, uh, um, uh, uh, domestic extremism, um, um, uh, uh, uh, domestic terrorism. Um, an attack simply on a government property at night or under any other kind of circumstances is a clear crime and serious one, and should be punished. I don’t mean, I don’t know enough about the facts of the example you’re talking about, but that’s where I draw the line, one is, both are criminal, but one is a core attack on our democratic institutions.”