Lt. Gov. Kinder on Hannity: Either Nixon Took Orders to Withhold the National Guard or He’s Grossly Incompetent (Audio)
During an interview with Sean Hannity today, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder hammered Gov. Jay Nixon for his failure to protect the city of Ferguson from violent protests, despite calling a state of emergency seven days before the announcement of the grand jury’s decision. Kinder again wondered why the Missouri National Guard was miles away when Ferguson was burning.
“At the hour of critical need, he has the Guard miles away and not deployed in Ferguson in front of those businesses where, if there’d been Guardsmen standing there, those businesses would not be burned,” Kinder said. “Missourians awoke yesterday scratching their heads and saying ‘How could this be,’ and it’s a scenario and a turn of events so improbable, there almost has to be someone that wanted that to happen.”
“Missourians awoke yesterday scratching their heads and saying ‘How could this be?'”
When pressed by Hannity as to what exactly he meant by that, Kinder said he wanted to know why a governor who called out the National Guard a week prior to the unrest would not deploy them when they were needed.
“It seems to me the governor is down to two choices,” Kinder said. “Either the governor took suggestions, or strong suggestions if not orders, from Washington, DC, from the Holder Justice Department or the Obama White House, or both. Maybe he got a call from Vice President Valerie Jarrett. In fact, she has confirmed that she’s been regularly on the phone with him. Either he is taking orders from somebody in Washington, DC, who I mention, about not deploying the Guard, or he’s grossly incompetent as a leader and a chief executive. Now which is it.”
Kinder also described the powers the Legislative Branch has to compel Nixon to testify under oath, describing investigative committees the State Legislature could, and Kinder says will, call.
“That panel will be seated early in the new year to investigate.”
He said it wasn’t certain the State Legislature could compel Nixon to testify, but said they could compel the people who work for him, including the Adjutant General of the National Guard. Kinder said he’s been told Major General Danner wanted to send his troops in to help, but was told not to.
“Someone kept them away when they should have been deployed. There should have been 50 guardsmen and women, armed, standing in front of those stores and they would not be burned out cinders today.”
Hannity asked Kinder what the future held for him and whether he was running for governor. Kinder did not answer the question, but he was talking when Hannity asked it and might not have heard it.
You can listen to the whole interview below.