WATCH: Gowdy Tears a BLM Activist Professor to Pieces
In the politically correct snowflake storm that Washington has now become, Rep. Trey Gowdy is the occasional ray of sunshine.
Although the attached clip is two years old, it’s worth revisiting any time you suspect sophisticated courtroom skills are a thing of the past. Gowdy’s masterful disassembly of a social justice “expert” is a thing to behold.
According to a Politico report from the time, Gowdy’s questioning took place during a House hearing on the claims of Black Lives Matter activists that policing in the United States is biased against black Americans. And it was classic Gowdy, all the way.
Northeastern University professor of law, criminal justice expert and community policing advocate Deborah Ramirez was no match for the South Carolina Republican, a career federal prosecutor sometimes called “the bulldog.” After Ramirez’ opening statements alleging that black crime victims are treated differently than white crime victims, and comments from other House members, Gowdy dug in:
Like Gowdy, Ramirez is a former prosecutor. The difference? Gowdy was prepared. He began by asking Ramirez if she was familiar with a number of cases, reading them one by one so that Ramirez had to answer “no” to each individually.
He then revealed that the names were “just a handful of the more than 340 police officers who were killed in the line of duty in South Carolina,” according to Politico.
Next came another list of names. Again, Ramirez had to admit that she had not heard of a single name on the list, which turned out to be people killed in “intra-racial homicides” (where minorities victimized other minorities).
Noting the lack of protests after police killings and intra-racial killings, Gowdy asked, “Whether you’re killed by a police officer or your next door neighbor, you’re every bit as dead, aren’t you?”
Gowdy lamented the lack of witness cooperation in many urban crimes “even after a drive-by shooting of an 8-year-old at a birthday party.”
“I want to get to the point where we lament the death, the murder of a black female like Nell Lindsey (a South Carolina woman murdered by her estranged husband in 2002) just as much if it’s at the hand of an abusive husband, which it was, as we would if it would have been at the hands of a white cop,” he said.
“So I hope that part of this 21st century police strategy conversation that we’re having includes getting people to cooperate with law enforcement so you can hold people to the exact same standard regardless of the race of the victim,” he said.
Classic Gowdy, all the way.