Hundreds of protesters gathered outside of the Republican Fox News debate at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan Thursday evening, chanting “Flint Lives Matter,” “Dump Trump,” with some holding “arrest Gov. Snyder” signs.
“Dozens cheered and clapped as a woman shouted repeatedly, ‘Go home, Republicans! You’ve wrecked Detroit and poisoned our children. We don’t want you here. Get out!’,” the Detroit Free Press reported.
Protesters pointed out to the Detroit Free Press that the Republicans had not even discussed the Flint water crisis.
“Our message is clear and quite frankly it surpasses politics,” said Rev. Charles Williams II in a statement reported by MLive. “Fix Flint now.”
“In the midst of the Flint water crisis many feel Republicans in the Senate have been silent on passing a bill to support the rebuilding of the infrastructure of Flint,” the statement continued. “Activists will gather in front of the Fox Theatre and stage a protest demanding a Republican response from candidates and its party.”
Not a mention of the Flint water crisis thus far, nor the fact that Governor Snyder sent the man who made the mistakes in Flint to Detroit to be empowered to make similar mistakes in Detroit schools.
Update: Republicans mentioned Flint only to defend Gov Snyder and blame Democrats for the Flint water crisis.