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A longtime Democratic law enforcement officer in Indiana has announced he is ditching the party because of a lack of police support and aligning with far-left agendas.
Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding accused Democrats of supporting flag-burning, anti-God and anti-law enforcement sentiments being touted by the left as he announced his departure from the Democrat Party in the past week. He spoke with Fox News Wednesday about the radical decision and how recent “shocking” events across U.S. cities under Democrat leadership helped him make the switch.
(Source: Fox News)
“What I have witnessed across the United States is shocking as a law enforcement leader. I can’t imagine 101 days of rioting and it’s condoned by the Democrat leadership. It’s unbelievable that they can do that to law enforcement profession,” Wedding, a lifelong Democrat, told “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy Wednesday.
“As a sheriff, I cannot imagine putting deputies on the front line of these riots night after night with no relief in sight. And if you are a parent of a law enforcement officer that’s going out there, subjected to these riots, I think they would be appalled as well,” the sheriff of southern Indiana’s largest county added.
Wedding slammed the direction of the party in his announced switch, speaking with Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch in attendance at the event.
“I’m tired of seeing fires set in our streets,” he said, according to WFYI. “I’m tired of people defying God, our church, our police, our government and everything we stand for.”
“Watching the daily burning of American flags, failing to be able to use the word ‘God’ in any sentence at most Democrat-led functions, denouncing law enforcement as if we’re the evil people. I am very proud of my profession in law enforcement and when people attack us, it’s pretty insulting,” he said.
His party change was slammed as “political opportunism” by the Vanderburgh County Democratic Party.
“Democrats love their country and that’s why we are fighting so hard for the preservation of democracy,” county Chairwoman Edie Hardcastle reportedly said. “We are fighting for our flag and the rule of law as long as it is applied to all Americans, and the freedom of religion so we can all worship as we like in the United States.”
But Wedding told Doocy on Wednesday that recent moves by Democrats that have aligned themselves with anarchists and rioters cannot be ignored, noting how some have helped “raise funds to release rioters from jails after they have committed serious crimes.”
“That’s shocking in and of itself,” he said.
“I have been on the national conference calls with President Trump and he pledged his support for law enforcement. I’ve seen it in action because he has offered these cities that are under siege federal aid and they are not smart enough to take that aid to try to end siege on their city,” Wedding added, saying he just “can’t explain that.”
“I would be rushing that federal aid to help us end the violence,” he said, criticizing Democrats for not even mentioning violence in cities like Chicago.
But Wedding, who was twice elected sheriff as a Democrat, is apparently not alone. Mayor Brian Snedecor of Hobart in Indiana’s Lake County announced he was switching from Democrat to Republican last month, citing concerns that the national Democratic platform has moved “more and more to the left.”
“The efforts of the progressive left have driven many people, moderates and conservatives, away from the Democratic Party,” Snedecor said in his public announcement in August. “I must be true to my God, my family, myself and those that have supported and believed in me.”
Sheriff Tom Latham in neighboring Posey County was elected to the office as a Democrat in 2018 announced back in June following the beginning of protests over the death of George Floyd that he no longer could support the “values of today’s Democrat platform.”
“I will not sit silently as Democrats urge the defunding of police across our nation. I will not be complicit in advocating for division, he wrote on social media at the time. “The unity and hope once idealized by John F. Kennedy has been replaced with divisiveness and anger. Personally – and professionally – I can no longer be a member of an organization that promotes this agenda.”
Vice President Mike Pence welcomed the Democrat defectors in a tweet last week.
Two Democrat Sheriffs in Indiana joined the Republican Party! Proud to welcome Sheriff Dave Wedding of Vanderburgh Co. and Sheriff Tom Latham of Posey Co. to the GOP! Under President @realdonaldtrump we stand for Law & Order and we Back the Blue! https://t.co/7JQNfnAGwl
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) September 4, 2020
Many other Twitter users also welcomed Wedding’s recent switch.
Welcome to the side of reason and hope. 🇺🇸
— Patricia (@triciamap) September 9, 2020
Great move, Sheriff
— Joy Holmquist (@joy_holmquist) September 8, 2020
Good for him. Thank you Sheriff Wedding for being on the side of law & order!
— GeorgieOshman (@GeorgieOshman) September 8, 2020
— loli (@LoliLoli2823) September 8, 2020
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