A little bit of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s regime came to Washington for Erdogan’s visit with President Trump earlier this week. In this case, a little bit is way too much, although it may be a representative sample.
Tom Rogan notes that on Tuesday the Turkish Presidential Protection Department attacked peaceful protesters on American soil (video below). Making themselves feel right at home in Washington, TPPD officers launched a coordinated attack on pro-Kurdish protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence.
The State Department has issued what Rogan calls a placid semi-condemnation. Here it is in its entirety: “We are concerned by the violent incidents involving protestors and Turkish security personnel Tuesday evening. Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest. We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms.”
Rogan shows why the boilerplate is not enough. He does his best to capture the outrage that the Turks have committed on our soil and propose good ideas for action.