Former NFL player Aaron Rouse is running for the Virginia Senate in what is considered Virginia’s current “abortion hotspot” election. But after the Supreme Court overturned his Roe V. Wade ruling, he was bashing the United States and law enforcement before the Democrats could settle the issue.
As Rouse took the podium at a June 2020 “united rally” after George Floyd’s death, he spoke out against the US and police after promising to be “candid” and “speak the truth”. I ranted. Events posted on Facebook.
“America may have freed its slaves, but it didn’t free black Americans,” Rouse said at the rally. “I’m not here to explain the anger, frustration, sickness and exhaustion of being black in America.”
“I’m not here to tell you how slavery shaped the origins of American policing.. The parallels between slave patrols and modern American policing can be ignored or ignored.” It stands out too much to be ignored.
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Rouse went on to attack “the racist Jim Crow laws that still exist today” and proposed compensation for black Americans and black-owned businesses in the form of municipal employment and city contracts.
And at a time when riots were ongoing in cities across the country and law enforcement was being attacked by demonstrators, two State Capitol police officers were injured and taken to hospital during Floyd’s protests. Including Virginia, Rouse gave his speech.
“People and property will be unsafe if we continue to allow systemic and systemic barriers to persist,” Rouse said.
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Rouse, who was picked by the Green Bay Packers in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft and left the league in 2010, is the Democratic nominee for the state Senate in Virginia’s 7th District on January 10. . The seat opened after Republican Senator Jen Kigans won a seat in the U.S. Congress in the midterm elections.
The race has drawn national media attention and large sums of money from outside groups over its status as an “abortion rights” battleground.
Politico reported that both groups that advocate and oppose abortion rights “believe that race can have a significant impact on people’s ability to access procedures in purple states.” Jamie Lockhart, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates in Virginia, told Axios that racing is a top priority.
“If you lose there, you risk yourself during the session. [an abortion bill] I could go to the governor’s desk,” Lockhart said.
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Democrats control three seats in the Virginia Senate, including pro-life Democrats, Axios notes.
Rouse is facing Republican Kevin Adams, who has the endorsement of Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin.
Rouse’s campaign did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.