First, I want to make it clear that ACT for America’s national office had no involvement or prior knowledge of the materials that I, Brenda Arthur, displayed at the Capitol on March 1. ACT for America’s national office was neither aware of or sanctioned my participation in the event. I did not seek prior approval of ACT for America for the articles, posters, or any of the materials I used. I attended the event acting on my own behalf.
I am a native West Virginian, an American, and a Jewish woman who came to Charleston to participate in GOP Day at the State Capitol on Friday, March 1. I came to peacefully protest hate speech and anti-Semitism.
I came in peace, but instead became the target of a vicious smear campaign orchestrated by Democrats who serve in the West Virginia Legislature and who acted violently without provocation. Because of their violence, a member of the Capitol staff wound up in injured.
To set the record straight from what is being reported, I do not believe nor ever said that every Muslim is a terrorist. But every terrorist in the 9/11 attacks against America was Muslim.
West Virginians now know my name because of the outrageous behavior of certain Democrat members of the W.Va. House of Delegates. I’m horrified by the behavior of our elected officials, in particular delegates Mike Caputo, D-Marion, and Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha.
But maybe there is a silver lining in that I’ve been unexpectedly given a bigger platform from which to warn Americans about national safety and security. And I will use that platform to point out the hypocrisy of the progressive left of the Democrat Party in ignoring the issue of anti-Semitism.
I came to the Capitol to provide some urgent messaging on the dangers of ignoring anti-Semitic and anti-American rhetoric from a newly elected member of Congress.
Unfortunately, this incident was not covered accurately by certain biased members of the media with an agenda. Some of them align with the unhinged Democrat House members who were triggered by their wild imaginations, by those who are determined to shut down free speech, simply because they disagree even if they have to commit violence to do so.
The real story here is the lack of civility; the abandonment of the rule of law by elected Democrats.
Progressive Democrat Delegate Mike Caputo’s violent behavior in reaction to my peaceful protests sent a young staffer to seek medical care. Then he maniacally took the floor of the House in a vain attempt to justify his thug-like behavior. There is no justification for his behavior — no law-abiding person would act in this manner. He should resign.
West Virginia deserves better than the mob-like behavior we saw from several of those Democrats in an attempt to manufacture an anti-Muslim crisis. Remember the famous quote from former President Barack Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel who said: “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Even if you have to manufacture one.
Regarding this bizarre incident, here are the facts:
I believe in our constitutional right to practice the religion of our choice. My messaging materials do not disparage any group, race or religion.
I do take issue with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for these reasons:
She has ties to groups that have declared jihad on the United States.
She is embraced and supported by Louis Farrakhan, an acknowledged anti-Semite who called Judaism a “gutter religion” and has compared Jews to “termites.”
According to USA Today: “On Friday, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., called on Omar to apologize for ‘a vile, anti-Semitic slur’ she made at a town hall event in Washington, D.C.”
It is no secret that the Democrats have been radicalized and that they especially hate women and Jews who wander off their reservation. Democrats believe they own us. In a perverse way, their bad behavior has become almost “normal,” but it’s time to hold them accountable.
Yet it is extremely disappointing that West Virginia Republicans seem to have misplaced their spines. It would be kind to describe their response to the Democrats as “knee jerk.” If we can’t rely on Republicans to uphold the rule of law, to stand up to the violent, gang-like behavior exhibited by these House Democrats, who can we turn to?
In spite of these alarming events, I will continue to expose hypocrisy to the public regardless of personal risk and the potential for Democrat violence and Republican indifference. I will stand up to the misinformation promulgated about me.
All of us must stand against violence. I encourage all citizens to continue to engage in the civic process in presenting truth to the public, regardless of party support, the lack thereof, or the potential for the false condemnation you may receive for doing so.
Now is the time for courage. Now is the time to stand up and be counted.
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell