Missouri is burning. To look at the Ferguson area, you’d think it was a warzone — police in olive drab pointing large-caliber weapons at unarmed civilians, smoke filling the air, backlit by flood lights and blue strobes. It’s like America’s own Benghazi. And the last person who seems to have any concept of the notion it seems is Missouri’s own governor, Jay Nixon.
At least, that’s the perspective of one Maria Chappelle-Nadal, the senator representing the Ferguson area. She had some choice words for fellow Democrat Nixon regarding his handling of the citizens of the Ferguson area, which has become Ground Zero of a racial/social bomb ticking for some years now.
Last night she took to Twitter with her harsh criticism of Gov. Nixon in a succession of Tweets (and believe us, she did NOT hold back):
— MariaChappelleNadal (@MariaChappelleN) August 14, 2014
Nadal was then on MSNBC earlier today and continued her tirade against the governor:
“Our governor, Governor Nixon, has been absent from the minority community, not for a few years, but for a few decades, and this is inexcusable. And he only comes to the minority community when it’s politically expedient. And now that the world’s eyes are on Missouri… the governor is now here. But he’s not really at Ground Zero. He’s never come to Ground Zero… For that, I call him a coward.”
Watch the interview below:
Nadal has been intimately involved with the Ferguson debacle for some time now. She witnessed first-hand the almost uniformly white police force dressed in military attire, and:
“…tanker trucks with police officers with their shotguns aimed at us.”
Nadal herself has been the victim of police attacks; she told KMOZ News on Wednesday that she was among a group of 150 unarmed protesters who were attacked with tear gas grenades by the Highway Patrol forces Nixon called into action.
She sums it up rather pithily:
“[The Protesters] have every right to assemble freely and express themselves and not have tear gas thrown at them. By the way, tear gas was thrown on me and we could not breathe. I approve their budget, so you know that I’m pissed off.”
And where was Governor Nixon during of this? Like any good military commander, safely leading in comfort from the rear. And evidently, buying every word of what his ground troops tell him in terms of justifying force, and propagating any lie (according to Nadal) he’s told to the public. Nadal seems to think he’s a bit too far removed from a situation that she describes as “[his] Katrina.”
Nadal took to Twitter once more a few hours ago and continued her crusade against Nixon, Tweeting: