Exclusive: Jayapal Described Nazi, Lynching Nightmare at Reopen Michigan Rally, But Look What Video Shows


During Attorney General William Barr’s House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, Rep. Pramila Jayapal omitted important information about a “Reopen Michigan” rally that took place in late April, but video provided exclusively to The Western Journal helped paint a more accurate picture of that event.

The Washington Democrat attempted to compare a reopen Michigan protest, which resulted in no violent riots or deaths, to Black Lives Matter protests, which have resulted in violence, riots, lootings and even multiple killings all across the country.

Jayapal claimed the federal government “violently dismantled” Black Lives Matter protests while Barr turned a blind eye in Michigan as “white men” and “protesters carry guns and confederate flags and swastikas and call for the governor of Michigan to be beheaded and shot and lynched.”

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Brandon Straka, a conservative influencer and founder of the #WalkAway campaign, took to Twitter to address Jayapal’s statement.

“Emotionally unhinged @RepJayapal describes Re-Open Michigan Rally as ‘white men with swasticas calling for the lynching and beheading of Gov. Whitmer,'” Straka tweeted.

Was the Reopen Michigan rally more peaceful than the majority of Black Lives Matter demonstrations?

“I was AT this rally. I have footage of myself interviewing BLACK WOMEN there to support the cause. Every word of this is a lie.”

Although Jayapal described the protesters as swastika-wearing, violent white men demanding the death of their governor, Straka’s video from the event tells a different story about the protesters in attendance.

One protester, a black female Trump supporter, explained to Straka why she joined the protest.

“Well, I want us to reopen our state,” the protester said.

She went on to explain that she had worked at a daycare, but due to shutdown orders, the daycare had closed and she was now out of a job.

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Straka shared the video exclusively with The Western Journal and provided his thoughts on Jayapal’s description of the Michigan rally.

“I’m a big believer in using social media to our advantage. When I created #WalkAway, in addition to encouraging those leaving the left to make testimonials I also encouraged conservatives to make videos – reclaiming the false narratives about conservatives created by the liberal media,” Straka told The Western Journal.

“We all have the power to get the truth out – but conservative silence has allowed these leftist narratives to thrive. I want conservatives to speak up and speak out whenever and where ever we can.

“I want the Silent Majority to become unsilent.”

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Michael wrote for a number of entertainment news outlets before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter. He now manages the writing and reporting teams, overseeing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of Manager of Writing and Reporting. His responsibilities now include managing and directing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
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