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RUSH: Another story about kids here, folks. “A woman in Baltimore is being praised for what she did after she spotted her son taking part in the rioting in the streets of Baltimore. A news crew from WMAR videotaped her berating her son for taking part in the violence.

“The woman can be seen repeatedly slapping her son and yelling at him. She recognized him even though he was wearing a black face mask. Witnesses say she saw her son throwing rocks at police.” The police commissioner of Baltimore praised this mother. It’s audio sound bite number five. His name is Anthony Batts.

BATTS: You have one mother who grabbed her child who had a hood on his head and she started smacking him on the head because she was so embarrassed. I wish I had more parents being that in charge of their kids out there tonight.

RUSH: What do the kids have to do with this? Stand by, folks. They may have everything to do with this. I referenced earlier the mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter. On CNN’s New Day today, the co-host Chris Cuomo, said, “You say that commentators don’t understand how to run a big city; commentators don’t know what you may know or the mayor may know. Well, what do you think you know that everybody else doesn’t know, Mayor?”

NUTTER: The commentators don’t know how to run a city because they’re not mayors of cities, so I’m not blowing past anything. What I’m suggesting is that the mayor is in charge. The mayor has information that none of us in particular have. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake would not want something like this to happen and was not negligent because some of these things took place. I mean, there is some personal responsibility here, whether it’s regarding kids in the afternoon or adults later on. Those children have parents. I’ve seen — I believe on your station — a mother grabbing her child and saying, “You should not be out here in this kind of activity.” So everyone has a level of responsibility.

RUSH: There we go again: Big city mayor of Philadelphia praising a woman for getting control of her out-of-control kid. Here is Kweisi Mfume, former name Frizzell Gray. Fox News Happening Now this morning.

MFUME: What’s been most effective for me and hundreds of other men was to go into the communities yesterday, to get back out there again today. I’ll be leaving here to go back again to kind of talk sense to young people who are very, very angry and to implore parents to make sure that they get a hold of and know where their young people are. We’re just not gonna sit back and idly watch this.

RUSH: Okay, by now, folks, you may be getting the idea that there’s something that has nothing to do with Freddie Gray going on here. All of this attention to kids — out-of-control kids — and parents should step up.


RUSH: You have this woman in Baltimore and everybody’s praising her. The Baltimore police commissioner Anthony Batts praised her. Kweisi Mfume, the former Frizzell Gray, has praised her. Even the former mayor of Philadelphia has praised her. This was not what was supposed to happen. Parents are not supposed to stop the kids from doing this because the kids have a legitimate reason. That’s what we’re to think.

Oppression. They’re being oppressed by somebody. We’re not supposed to ask who because there aren’t any Republicans anywhere nearby here. So it’s just overall American oppression against a portion of the population that it loves to discriminate against. There’s this woman out there and she’s doing praiseworthy things. How long do you think it will be — and I’m not joking here — how long do you think it will be before some liberal activist lawyer tries to get hold of the kid and represent him and charge his mother with child abuse and public humiliation.

This is not supposed to happen. I mean, a mother can leave her home and see her kid on TV and go out and slap him upside the head and discipline, fine and dandy. When people find out about it and then the mother gets praised and the kid gets criticized and he’s one of the glorious future protesters out there learning his P’s and Q’s and earning his stripes, that’s not what’s supposed to happen. Parents in Baltimore are supposed to be so oppressed that they don’t have time, they don’t have the energy, they don’t have the ability to worry about their kids.

They’re too busy trying to provide food and what have you, and withstand all the oppression. Last thing they want is the parent in Baltimore acting as a normal, caring, responsible parent. That’s not part of the narrative. I want to take a phone call before I get back to the kids and explain what this is probably really all about. But before our callers decide to chicken out and hang up before I get to them. It’s a touchy subject.


RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, the odds are — and this is a story from the Baltimore Sun. Odds are most of the rioting and looting in Baltimore yesterday had nothing to do with the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. Odds are that most of the rioting and looting in Baltimore yesterday had nothing to do with the cops. It had nothing to do with Ferguson, had nothing to do with “hands up, don’t shoot.”

It had nothing to do with the Gentle Giant, had nothing to do with Rodney King, had nothing to do with anything that you’ve heard of. Probably, more than likely, it had everything to do with a simple little flier about a 2013 movie that celebrated what would happen if there are no laws. Buried near the bottom of this article I’m holding in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers from the Baltimore Sun is this: “The incident stemmed from a flier that circulated widely among city school students via social media about a ‘purge’ to take place at 3 p.m., starting at Mondawmin Mall and ending downtown.”

If I’m mispronouncing that, I’m sorry. I’m simply reading it. I’ve never heard it pronounced. I’m pronouncing as it looks. Mondawmin, they might say. Mondawmin Mall. Anyway, “Such memes have been known to circulate regularly among city school students, based on the [2013] film ‘The Purge,’ about what would happen if all laws were suspended. The flier included an image of protesters smashing the windshield of a police car Saturday during a march spurred by the death of Freddie Gray…”

So the bottom line is there’s a flier circulated all over town among high school students that they were to converge at the Mondawmin Mall a three o’clock on Monday and start acting out what happened in this movie, The Purge, 2013, which is “about what would happen if all laws were suspended,” meaning you could just walk into any store and get what you want. If you didn’t like what the store had, you could burn it down. You could do whatever you want. There aren’t any laws. There are nothing to stop you.

This is what inspired kids to congregate at the mall and act out what was in this movie. Now, the Baltimore Sun story about riots erupting across West Baltimore and downtown doesn’t even get to this until the end of the story. They feature all the details of the rioting and all of the details, the injuries, the damage, and what happened in the midst of the riots. But they don’t get to anything about this all starting on social media. This is yesterday. This is not what happened Saturday. This is yesterday.

Yesterday was a new series of events which resulted in the mayor deciding to put a curfew in place all week starting tonight, not last night, because the protesters had to be given space. The problem is the cops. You have to restrain the cops. Once the protests start, the cops only make it worse. A police presence — this is the theory — provokes them. The theory is you get the cops out of there. Get all forms of oppression, get all signs of authority out of the way, and you’ll have much less damage than if you have a bunch of militarized or uniformed military people or police people in the way.

That will only make it worse.

It’s the same old liberal canard that we’ve heard all while growing up. “They better not try to catch the bad guy. That’s just gonna make ’em angrier. You know, if somebody breaks in your house, let them have whatever they want. Do not engage. Do not make them mad.” Appeasement, if you will, which is Liberalism 101. When it comes to bad actors, bad people, let ’em have their way.

“Because if you stop them, if you get in their way, you provoke ’em. Why they’re gonna do twice as much damage,” and this is 26% theory in deploying police officers in places like Baltimore. That’s why the curfew didn’t start until tonight. That’s why she said (paraphrased), “We’ve gotta give ’em space to destroy. Those who want to destroy, we gotta give ’em space because anything else is gonna make it worse.” That’s the convoluted thinking. Let me grab another call quickly before we run out of time. Jerry, Cincinnati, you’re next, EIB Network. Hello, sir.

CALLER: Yes, sir, how are you? Can you hear me? Hello?

RUSH: Yeah, I can hear you, yeah.

CALLER: Okay. Okay. My thing was that back last June when they were having trouble in England and some black lady was watching television saw her child doing, you know, mischief things on camera, she called up and reported him, and I thought, my God, how refreshing that is, you know, that a black parent would actually call up — or any parent, really, would call up — and say, “You know, my kids doing things wrong.” In this day and age, it’s almost unheard of. And then somebody didn’t do that in Baltimore. I’m really surprised, aren’t you?

RUSH: Well, I’m sorry, Jerry, we just talked about that. Mr. Snerdley didn’t hear it because he’s screening and answering other calls, but we just spent about 15 minutes on that woman and the reaction to her from all the mayors. Yeah, everybody was surprised by it. Everybody was surprised by it. I’ll guarantee you this: There are a lot of people not happy about it. I mean, on the one hand, here we have a bunch of kids rioting and it’s now…

There’s no question it was because of this flier that was sent around.

School-age kids saw the flier. They read about it on social media. The flier called for the rioting to start at three p.m. The flier called for rioting so they could emulate what happened in this movie that they liked, The Purge. Baltimore schools are closed today, so the school-age kids will have time to rest up and get back to their deep mourning. But the schools were not closed when this flier went around on social media.

But on the one hand you have here a young protester who is emblematic and who represents the average young African-American who has had it with this country — facees impossible futures, oppressed, mistreated, no jobs, no nothing, because of the inherent unfairness of America — and he’s out making it known. And he’s representing tens of thousands of African-Americans, all over the country. And out of nowhere here comes his mom, slaps him upside the head and brings him back inside.

And literally the image that they wanted to create of this guy as he was representing so many others. That’s why they’re not happy that this happened.

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