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24 Jun
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If re-elected, Ferguson WILL continue to come for your guns

Yesterday I had a meeting with the Seattle Times Editorial Board along with the other 3 candidates for attorney general.

We were each asked if we would continue Bob Ferguson’s efforts to enact additional restrictions on otherwise law-abiding gun owners.

Ferguson said that he will continue to fight for additional infringements of our Second Amendment rights as long as he is in public life.

I said that I would “absolutely not” be continuing Ferguson’s legacy. I pointed out that Ferguson’s efforts are misguided and that we have a problem with “violence” in our country, not “gun violence.”

Ferguson has done nothing to address violence, instead choosing to erode people’s right to keep and bear arms as recognized by the Constitution.

I have previously written and stated many times that if I am elected, I will do everything in my power to repeal 1639 and other 2A infringements.

For what it’s worth, another republican candidate, Mike Vaska, said that he has no strong feelings on the issue and would leave it up to the people of our state to decide.

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24 Jun
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The woke mob is coming for everyone

“To preserve our democracy, we must resist the mob. That begins with understanding the gravity of the threat and standing up to it. They have no claim to moral superiority and no right to use violence to achieve their ends. Yielding the public square to this “thought police,” however powerful and intimidating they are, is the road to tyranny. It leads away from our country’s hard-won achievement of ordered liberty and constitutional democracy. Remember, the mob aims to do more than pull down statues of the Founding Fathers. It aims to pull down their historic achievements.”

We are not living in normal times right now. If you do not recognize the very real danger we are facing you have not been paying attention.

I have consistently stood up for everyone’s Constitutional rights, even when those positions are unpopular. Have you seen either of the other republican AG candidates do that? If not, how would you have any confidence that they would not wilt under pressure if they were elected?

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/06/24/defund_the_thought_police__143523.html

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14 Jun
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This is what courage and decisive action looks like

This is a great story:

One brave man single-handedly recovered two stolen SPD semi-auto rifles from rioters in downtown Seattle.

If one person could do this, imagine the damage that could have been prevented if the hundreds of nearby police officers had been allowed to do their jobs.

Thank you Marine!

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14 Jun
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How many lives has Inslee destroyed?

Anyone remember a couple years ago there was a panic over Zika virus?

For a time, the fear was peddled that a pregnant woman receiving a single mosquito bite would lead to giving birth to a child with horrible birth defects? And the disease was going to spread nationwide? We haven’t heard much about that lately, have we?

It appears that was another Dr. Fauci-induced panic.

We have never shut down our economy over a virus before COVID. It is mind boggling given what we now know, that Jay Inslee continues to maintain a dictatorial stranglehold over our state with his phased reopening and his mask requirement.

If we actually had a functioning free press in our state there should be sufficient outrage that Inslee would have been forced to resign by now.

As attorney general I will investigate Washington State’s response to the COVID outbreak, specifically including the actions of Jay Inslee.

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/health/dr-faucis-recurring-nightmares-covid-19-might-be-his-worst-its-sure-not-his

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09 Jun
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I call on every Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court to resign immediately.

On June 4, 2020 each Justice signed a letter indicating their belief, their bias, that “systemic racial injustice against black Americans” exists.

I do not believe that systemic racism has been proven, and it is utterly irresponsible for the Justices to opine on an issue not before them in a judicial proceeding.

Justices and judges are supposed to call “balls and strikes,” and rule on facts properly admitted to evidence after applying those facts to our constitutional laws.

It is not their place to advocate. If that is what these individuals believe is their calling in life, they should find another line of work.

Assuming for the moment systemic racism does exist, it certainly wouldn’t be limited to black people. Justice is not always served, and people from all walks of life and all shades of skin color often get the short end of the stick.

Justice is meant to be “blind,” and these Justices have publicly acknowledged that they are incapable of sticking to the facts and issues properly before them.

As Attorney General I will use this letter as evidence of improper bias, when appropriate, in appealing their rulings to the United States Supreme Court.

Far too many of our public institutions have been corrupted. That corruption has now publicly reached our State Supreme Court.

Four of the Justices, Montoya-Lewis, Whitener, Stephens, and Johnson are up for election this year.

Justices Whitener and Montoya-Lewis have challengers, unfortunately Stevens and Johnson are running unopposed.

This is not how our government is supposed to function. I implore attorneys in Washington to consider mounting a serious write-in campaign against Stephens and Johnson.

I encourage voters who truly care about equal justice for all and the rule of law to ensure that these four Justices do not retain their seats on our state’s highest court.

http://www.courts.wa.gov/content/publicUpload/Supreme%20Court%20News/Judiciary%20Legal%20Community%20SIGNED%20060420.pdf

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07 Jun
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Who benefits from “defunding” the police?

The “geniuses” calling for defunding the police should be careful what they wish for.

If they get their way each individual in our country would be their own last resort in all regards and would rely on their own interpretation of what is illegal and what an appropriate response would be.

The vast majority of people in our country have not been trained in the legal use of force, and at the same time will not be bound by the case law, department policies, and community expectations that police officers are. (Have you signed up for your de-escalation class yet?)

Criminals will be emboldened. The sick, elderly, those living alone, and those without firearms will be easy targets.
Incidents of theft, road rage, even property line disputes between neighbors will have fatal outcomes. It will result in an incredible spiral of self-help law enforcement, revenge, and retribution.

Policing is not perfect; we will never be able to remove the human element from interpersonal interactions.

According to FBI statistics police killed 410 people in 2018, and there were an additional 353 *legally* justified homicides by private citizens.

Compare that to the 16,214 (non-police-involved or otherwise justified) murders in the U.S. that year.

The police (with rare, isolated exceptions) are not the problem; humans are the problem.

To anyone who cares about black lives, or any lives: disbanding police departments will only make deaths exponentially worse.

But at the end of the day, perhaps that is what these people really want: more violence and death.

https://ucr.fbi.gov/…/crime-in-the-u.s.-…/topic-pages/murder

https://ucr.fbi.gov/…/t…/expanded-homicide-data-table-14.xls

https://ucr.fbi.gov/…/t…/expanded-homicide-data-table-15.xls

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05 Jun
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Our country is on fire because of a lie

Much of our country, including here in Washington, has been in flames purportedly in protest of the death of George Floyd.

Mr. Floyd’s death was tragic, avoidable, and unnecessary.

People across our country were rightfully angered, and the protests in Mr. Floyd’s name quickly gave way to violence and looting.

It is important to note that in Mr. Floyd’s case, our system is working as designed: There was no cover-up, and the involved officers have been charged with crimes and will have their day in court.

I have yet to hear of any evidence that there was any racial motivation in the events which led to Mr. Floyd’s death.

And yet we are now on day 8 of riots. Why?

The past few decades, the media, “police reform” activists, and the Democrat party have been pushing a narrative that white police officers are hunting down and executing completely innocent black people.

This simply is not true.

There have been isolated incidents of unacceptable police misconduct, but much more often there have been tragic incidents that could have been handled better by police or where the actions of a suspect contributed to his or her own death. And then of course there are the media fabrications and the assumptions and rushes to judgment which take on the status of urban legend.

In 2016 police killed twice as many white people as black people. I’m sure in some of the incidents involving white people there had to be some questionable police tactics, possible policy violations, or questions whether the force used was necessary. Does anyone remember hearing of any of these incidents? A single one?

Assuming for the moment that there actually is a systemic problem of racist cops killing black people (and I don’t believe there is), who would be to blame for that?

In Minneapolis and in many of the major cities where there have been riots and calls to “defund the police,” Democrats have been running the show for years. If this really is a problem, it is their policies, their oversight, and their failings that have allowed this to happen. If true, Democrats own it.

If there is systemic racism in our country it is caused by the indoctrination of our young people in our schools and universities and promoted by the media and Hollywood.

I stand for equal protection under the law. No group should be singled out or treated less favorably for any reason, including the color of their skin. And yes, that includes white people.

If you haven’t come across them on your own, the following are some interesting articles:

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/flames-from-false-narratives/

https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/03/the-media-are-lying-to-you-about-everything-including-the-riots/

https://www.city-journal.org/toxic-narrative-about-police-is-wrong

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03 Jun
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Focused not just on the wrong Washington, but the wrong issues

While ALL the people of our state continue to have our Constitutional rights violated by an expired stay home order, #Sideshow is focused on the price of tuna.

While that issue may have merit, my focus as attorney general would on everyone’s Constitutional rights.

Think about this for a moment: Ferguson is focused on recouping less than 10 cents per resident while ignoring the fact that churches are closed, schools are shuttered, and preventative health care has been on hold for months.

I ask you this: Are your Constitutional rights worth 10 cents a year? (Or .027 cents per day in ASPCA/Save The Children parlance?)

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31 May
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The death of George Floyd

I thank the men and women of the Seattle Police Department and assisting agencies who attempted to maintain the peace and restore order on Friday and Saturday.

I have made the conscious decision to not watch the video depicting the death of George Floyd, and the reason is simple: I have personally witnessed enough death during my life that I don’t need or want to.

So what follows is based on my understanding of what occurred according to media accounts, which if the track record of the media the past several years is considered, may not be entirely accurate and is likely missing important details and context.

I’m not a doctor, but it sounds like Mr. Floyd may have died from positional asphyxia—his own body weight and the pressure placed upon him by the officer impaired his breathing to the point he lost consciousness and died.

I was a police officer for over 20 years and I was not trained to act in the manner the officer reportedly did. Police tactics evolve and improve over time. When I first began work in the mid-90s there was a common phrase used to describe where an officer’s knees would be while taking someone into custody who had first been placed in the prone position on the ground, “One on the neck and one on the deck.”

That phrase was dropped to better align with reality. I was never trained to actually place my knee on someone’s neck, rather the knee was placed on a person’s back or shoulder blade with the shin and the rest of the leg being at the junction of a person’s neck or shoulder at approximately a 45 degree angle, or as close to that as circumstances allowed.

The death of Mr. Floyd was tragic and unnecessary. But even in the age of video, we don’t yet know all the facts. We don’t know what occurred in the minutes before Mr. Floyd’s death. We don’t know if the officer believed he had a reason to act the way he did. We don’t know if Floyd had any substances in his system or had an underlying health condition that contributed to his death. I want to be clear: I am not defending the actions of the officer, I am simply saying that we don’t have all the facts yet, and those facts could change the degree to which the officer was responsible for Mr. Floyd’s death.

I am sure there are some racists and some race-motivate crime in our country, but the level it actually occurs is drastically lower than the media and the race-baiters would like you to believe. In my years of police work I encountered many people who had hate in their hearts, but that hate ran the spectrum and was not limited to race. I never, not a single time, encountered any burning crosses or things of that nature.

I have heard zero evidence that the encounter between the officer and Mr. Floyd was racially motivated. None. The media and some activist groups look for—and since they’re looking for it, they see—racism everywhere. We do not have a widespread problem of white officers executing black people in our country. If we did it would be occurring every single day and perhaps multiple times a day.

It is vitally important to remember that the officer is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, just like anyone else. We can demand accountability and improvements to our police departments and still afford the accused their due process rights.

It is interesting that most of these types of events seem to happen in “blue” cities and states, where the supposedly more enlightened and “woke” people are in charge. I thought they had all the answers and knew how to create systems so these sorts of incidents should never occur?

It is also interesting that most of the riots tend to occur in blue cities and states. How does destroying your neighbors’ property help anything? It doesn’t.

Shifting focus to Seattle.

What does an isolated event in Minneapolis have to do with policing and society in Seattle? Seattle has been working on policing reforms for well over 6 years now.

I place the blame squarely on the media, Jay Inslee, and organized thugs.

The media is responsible for inflaming racial tensions and spreading and amplifying the narrative that white racist cops systematically execute 100% innocent black people. Remember “hands up, don’t shoot?” Never happened. The media created a narrative and continued pushing it even after contradictory evidence came to light.

Jay Inslee is responsible for having locked down our state costing so many people their jobs and their educations. Too many people are on edge, bored, and increasingly have less and less to lose. He personally contributed to the tinderbox that ignited.

Just like we don’t have all the facts about Mr. Floyd’s death we also don’t have all the facts about how the recent riots materialized. However, in Seattle we have a history of well organized, and often paid, violent protestors and I have no reason to believe that is not the case here.

To summarize, Mr. Floyd’s death was tragic and the officer needs to be held accountable, but he has the right to a defense and all the facts need to come out in court or otherwise. The death of one person does not justify the mayhem that has occurred across our country. Destroying property and looting businesses does nothing to change the real or perceived problems with law enforcement in our country. The people who committed crimes supposedly to protest the death of a black man at the hands of a white police officer deserve to be held accountable as well.

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10 May
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Olympia Rally 5/9/20

We had a fantastic day at the Capitol today, thank you to everyone who turned out and who was with us in spirit!

The following is a summary of my remarks today:

I’m Brett Rogers, and I’m running for Washington State Attorney General.

I have a question for you: What do you call that thing that is sometimes put in engines to keep it from generating too much power or reaching its full potential?

A governor?

Well I guess Jay Inslee really is the “governor” of Washington State!

I have a message for Governor Inslee: You may as well go ahead and resign now, because you have lost the consent of the governed!

I have another question for you: Where is Bob Ferguson?

Has anyone seen Ferguson standing up to Inslee to protect your right to freely exercise you religion?

Has anyone seen Ferguson challenge Inslee to protect your right to peacefully assemble?

Has anyone heard Ferguson tell Inslee, “You know Jay, your designating people as essential and non-essential violates their right to equal protection under the law?”

Democrats like to say that healthcare is a human right. If that is true, why have “elective” procedures been outlawed?

Jay Inslee is destroying lives and our economy.

I don’t think Inslee cares. I don’t think he cares because the price for his actions will be paid by all of us.

Any tax increases to pay for Inslee’s actions or any awards for lawsuits against the state will be paid for by us, the taxpayers.

“We are all in this together.” I have been hearing that a lot lately, mostly from people who demand that you stay home even to the point of economic suicide.

Well we ARE all in this together: When Washington state goes bankrupt, very few will be spared…Including those public unions who blindly back democrats. They can kiss their pensions goodbye.

What can you do? You stand up for your rights!

You have all taken the first step by showing up here today, and for that I thank and applaud you.

After that, you have to vote! You have to vote in August and November, and you need to talk to everyone you know and make sure they are registered to vote and actually vote in August and November.

Beyond that, I can’t tell you what to do. Everyone has their own concerns and have to do what is right for them. All I can do I tell you what I would do:

I haven’t suspended my campaign. I have still been traveling and meeting with voters. If I had a business that was deemed non-essential, I would not have closed. If I had closed, through pressure or threat, I would reopen…NOW!

As your attorney general I will investigate EVERY aspect of Washington’s response to the COVID outbreak.

From doctors falsifying death certificates reporting that COVID was the cause of death when there was actually another cause, to hospital administrators fraudulently counting people as COVID patients to receive federal funds, up to and INCLUDING Jay Inslee.

PEOPLE WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE!

Check out Loren Culp photo bombing my picture with Chad Bronstein!

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