Massachusetts Gubernatorial Candidate Compared Riots To Fires That Help Forests Grow

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Is there something positive to take away from riots?

Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey, a Democratic candidate for governor, thought so two years ago.

“Yes, America is burning, but that’s how forests grow,” Healey said during a Zoom call speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, as NewBostonPost reported at the time.

The demonstrations, many of them protests, others of which turned into riots, came in the wake of the death of George Floyd. He was a 46-year-old unarmed black man who died at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020. He died after a police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.

Boston was the site of one of those protests that turned violent after nightfall on May 31, 2020. Many businesses in the Back Bay and Downtown Crossing suffered damage and looting. Some rioters set fires in Boston, Seven police officers were taken to the hospital as a result of injuries they suffered.

Healey said during her speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce that she condemned the violence, although she agreed with the protesters’ calls for change.

“I support calls for a revolution, but not the revolution of violence in our streets,” Healey said, according to State House News Service. “Instead, I’m calling for a revolution in mindset, a fundamental change to our ingrained assumptions.”

In the wake of news that Healey was joining the governor’s race on Thursday last week, Massachusetts Republican Party chairman Jim Lyons put out a statement condemning Healey’s “America is burning” comment in June 2020.

“AG Healey, sworn to uphold the law, went on record enthusiastically cheering on the destruction of downtown Boston neighborhoods during the Radical Left’s 2020 summer riot campaign,” Lyons said in a press release. “She was so proud of her unhinged comparison that she had her staff create a graphic to promote it as a slogan. 

“That should tell voters everything they need to know about how Maura Healey would run the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

Like Healey, Lyons condemned the Minneapolis police officer’s actions in the wake of Floyd’s death.

“By choosing to highlight this insane analogy, it should be clear to Massachusetts residents that no matter what else Democrats like Attorney General Healey say, they will always condone mob tactics,” Lyons said in a June 2020 press release after Healey’s speech. “The Radical Democrats, led by the likes of Attorney General Healey, sat back and watched as cities went up in flames over the weekend, and are now openly admitting that this is all part of their plan to fundamentally change America by any means possible.

 “This is no way to honor the memory of George Floyd, or correct the problems that led to his unjustified killing.”

Healey’s campaign could not be reached for comment over the weekend. An attempt during the morning of Monday, January 24 was also unsuccessful.


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