As a graphic video of a vile Chicago shooting over the weekend made rounds on local and social media – but not national news – the founder of an award-winning Democrat PAC claimed the victims deserved it, then deleted his account.
Harrowing footage of a man and a woman being dragged out of their SUV by several African Americans, shot multiple times, and left to die on the street began circulating on social media on Sunday. The recording purported to show an incident on Saturday evening in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.
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This happened in Humboldt Park Chicago last night. Couple was pulled out of their car and shot. He died, she is in critical condition. At least 21 people were shot in Chicago overnight, with three people having died from their injuries. pic.twitter.com/5wtmWGOIoq
— Anthea (@Anthea06274890) June 20, 2021
Police said a 24-year-old man was pronounced dead at the hospital, and a 25-year-old woman survived but was in critical condition, according to WMAQ-TV. They were “attacked by two to three offenders who produced guns and began shooting at them.”
The Chicago Sun-Times identified the couple as Gyovanny Arzuaga and Yasmin Perez, the mother of their two children. Arzuaga’s brother told local media that six black men got out of a parked car and flashed gang signs before dragging the couple out and opening fire.
This is the young Puerto Rican couple who were ambushed and murdered in cold blood this weekend in Chicago during the Puerto Rico Parade.CRICKETS from the media. SICKENING pic.twitter.com/lApb3oqLiF
— TheM0dAlice (@TheM0dalice) June 21, 2021
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter shared the video and commented that it will be ignored by national media, since African Americans gunning down Puerto Ricans in Chicago simply doesn’t fit the Democrat narrative about racism in the US. A Democrat activist named Richard Taite snapped back that the couple had it coming.
“I’m sorry is that a confederate flag they’re flying from their car? Trolling that neighborhood? Yeah I don’t give a s**t,” Taite tweeted at Coulter. When corrected – the flag on the car was Puerto Rican – he backtracked and called the shooting a “horrible incident,” but refused to apologize.
“Had these people been white supremacists trolling a neighborhood primarily of color, I would have been agnostic,” insisted Taite, founder of the Democracy Preservation Initiative (DPI), a political action committee (PAC) fundraising for President Joe Biden.
According to the founder of the award winning Democracy Preservation Initiative, it is absolutely okay to drag white people out of their cars and execute them in front of their children I’m sure these people will come around now that the Republican Party has gone woke, right? pic.twitter.com/HUJvuLsWAJ
— Pedro L. Gonzalez (@emeriticus) June 21, 2021
The reason Arzuaga and Perez had a flag on their car was the annual Puerto Rican Day parade earlier. “There was no shortage of excitement, enthusiasm and pride in Humboldt Park Saturday. You couldn’t turn down any neighborhood street without seeing the Puerto Rican flag,” is how WLS, the local ABC affiliate, described it.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot marched in the parade herself. After not commenting on the shooting the entire weekend, on Monday Lightfoot condemned it as “horrific” and insisted the perpetrators would be brought to justice. Chicago PD has “promising leads” from the community and have identified the shooter, who should be in custody “relatively soon,” she said.
“I don’t believe they are typical by any stretch of young black men in our city. But it’s horrific nonetheless,” Lightfoot said, urging the perpetrators to turn themselves in as police will do everything to “make sure that these people who created such brazen chaos and harm are held in custody ’til they see their day in court.”
Meanwhile, Taite’s Twitter account showed up as deleted, presumably due to the backlash. His PAC, a California-based outfit, describes itself as “a team of impassioned citizens who feel democracy and liberty are at the core of our values” and wanting to “leave our children and their children a more inclusive and compassionate America.”
The DPI also boasted of receiving an award for “best new and unusual tactic” in “leveraging values” to identify and target voters in the 2020 election.
We’re extremely grateful to @TheAAPC & all the judges who awarded us Best New & Unusual Tactic Gold Pollie Award for Leveraging Values to Identify and Target Persuadable Voters in the ‘20 Pres. election. And thank you @resonatetweets who helped us strategize & deploy our campaign pic.twitter.com/VgzQ6Tta3n
— Democracy Preservation Initiative (@DPI_PAC) June 16, 2021
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