Amanda Chase, a GOP Virginia gubernatorial candidate, drew widespread criticism this week when she declared that former police officer Derek Chauvin’s conviction for the homicide of George Floyd “makes me sick.”
“Today’s verdict makes me sick. I am so concerned about our law enforcement right now, quitting. And you should be, too,” Chase, a Virginia state senator who refers to herself as a “firebrand” and “Trump in heels,” told Republicans at a gathering in King William County on Tuesday.
Footage of Chase’s feedback had been shared on Facebook:
Chase’s comments ― which got here quickly after a jury discovered Chauvin responsible on two counts of homicide and one rely of manslaughter ― had been slammed as “racist and dangerous” by Democratic Party of Virginia spokesperson Manuel Bonder.
Video clearly exhibiting Chauvin urgent his knee into Floyd’s neck for greater than 9 minutes proved central to the case towards the previous Minneapolis cop.
Chase, nonetheless, later doubled down on her purported concern by way of a press release.
“I’m concerned that the decision was politically motivated more to prevent civil unrest than to serve justice,” she told The Progress-Index, claiming the choice “sends a clear message to law enforcement; the justice system doesn’t have your back.”
Elsewhere in her deal with on Tuesday, Chase mentioned her first motion if elected can be to take away the state’s masks mandate aimed toward curbing the unfold of COVID-19 ― opposite to public well being recommendation.
Chase additionally defended selling ex-President Donald Trump’s lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him and attending the “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6.
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