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Hank Johnson: GOP Budget Could Cause America's 'Have-Nots' to Riot Like Baltimore

File this under “Not Helpful”: Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) said in a recent interview that the GOP budget plan will lead to the underclass rioting “like the people in Baltimore.” Reports CNS News:

During an interview last week on WABE radio’s “A Closer Look” program Johnson said he voted against the GOP budget measure because of its domestic spending cuts and added that its passage could result in violence.

“If we’re not careful the have-nots of this country will rise up like the people in Baltimore,” Johnson said.

“What happened in Baltimore stems from deeper economic issues and if you would take a ride down the streets of some of the greatly impoverished areas of Baltimore where change has not come, where things are the same as they were 50 years ago and have been allowed to grow worse then you will understand the lack of hope of which those riots were born from.”

“So are you saying, when you say ‘rise up like Baltimore’ – let’s define that a little bit more,” Host Denis O’Hayer said. “In terms of the protests or in terms of the violence?”

“No, I’m saying in terms of the violence and it’s unfortunate,” Johnson replied.

O’Hayer followed up, “You’re saying budgets like this can lead to violence?”

“Yes, I am,” Johnson, said.

During the interview, Johnson also complained that while the military budget was not being cut, non-defense spending was being cut, leading to “a drastic cutting in the nation’s ability to provide domestic spending.”

Years ago, Johnson drew attention for a bizarre question about our military in Guam putting the island at risk of sinking.