President Donald Trump is a voting resident of Palm Beach County, Florida, and his congressional representative is Rep. Lois Frankel (D), who recently voted to have him impeached, called him a racist, and has been dismissive of his entire administration, could face a tough reelection in 2020.
Republicans familiar with Rep. Frankel, most of which are actually voting constituents, accuse the four-term congresswoman of hiding from them, saying that all of her town hall meetings are highly-filtered and not accessible to anyone outside of those Frankel and her office invite to the event.
Just this past weekend when protestors shut down Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach and then turned their protest into a riot that resulted in property damage, Rep. Frankel took to Twitter to thank the violent protestors for their “peaceful interaction” with police. Frankel’s show of support for violent protestors appears to have been premature considering that the riot broke out two hours before she tweeted her comment.
Thank you to the protesters and West Palm Beach Police for peaceful interaction this afternoon. Please continue to show the nation it can be done. Mr. Floyd, his family, and our country deserve justice not violence.
— Rep. Lois Frankel (@RepLoisFrankel) June 1, 2020
Frankel did not comment or post any more tweets after her 8:19 pm “Thank You” tweet to protestors, even as violent riots continued to make the news all throughout the night in West Palm Beach.
Hours after The Floridian posted the story Monday about the Sunday riot in West Palm Beach, Frankel back-peddled a bit, releasing a statement acknowledging “a night of vandalism by a small group of people” occurred and condemned the actions.
“Many are in pain and angered by yet another awful act of police brutality caught on a video in Minnesota that reflects the sad reality of racial injustice in our country. A peaceful day of protests in our community and respectful interactions between participants and police should not be overshadowed by a night of vandalism by a small group of people whose actions were counterproductive and wrong. The way to honor the lives of George Floyd and others who have been wrongfully killed at the hands of law enforcement is for all Americans to work together for systemic changes to fight racism, a biased justice system, and economic inequality.”- Rep. Lois Frankel
On Monday afternoon, Frankel took part in a teleconference press call with other Democratic members of south Florida’s congressional delegation to address the recent passing of the HEROES Act. The call also addressed the rioting and protesting that stem back to the unjustified murder of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.
When the members were asked if they supported President Donald Trump’s call to designate ANTIFA as a terrorist organization, Frankel did not answer the question and appeared to then fall of the video call.
Frankel’s apparent dodge of the question could corroborate he detractors claims that she is inaccessible, guarded, and disconnected with her congressional district.
Several hours after the press conference, Frankel posted several tweets addressing the violence and blamed President Trump for stoking existing “tensions and division.”
It is safe to say that Trump will not be sending in his Absentee ballot with a vote supporting Frankel’s re-election, but will instead be voting for Conservative activist and investigative journalist Laura Loomer, the presumptive Republican congressional nominee.
Loomer, who is not one to mince her words, questioned Frankel’s support for the rioters.
“It is shocking and highly questionable to see Lois Frankel thank the rioters in Palm Beach when it was widely reported today that ANTIFA and BLM members stormed I-95, blocking traffic, creating a very dangerous situation for first responders and residents of District 21 and Palm Beach County,” stated Loomer “Her tweet was posted hours after an emergency public safety alert was issued that warned the public about dangerous and illegal protests on I-95 in oncoming traffic in both the Southbound and Northbound lanes from Palm Beach Lakes to Southern Blvd.”