‘These People Are Armed With Machetes, They Have Metal Pipes’: Austin Council Member Sounds Alarm Over Homeless Camp Near City Hall

On Thursday, Austin, Texas, council member Mackenzie Kelly appeared on “Fox & Friends First” to speak of her fear that the homeless who are camping en masse around the City Hall area, some of whom are protesting a proposition that prohibited public camping, pose a genuine threat to people’s safety.

“Fox & Friends First” host Todd Piro asked, “What were you hoping to accomplish by starting a dialogue with these individuals?”

Kelly answered, “I was hoping to find out what their point of view was. One of the great things about living in this country is that we have a diversity of thought and we can all learn from one another, but clearly, that individual specifically did not want to do that.”

“How worrisome is it to you that these individuals have established an armed camp, an armed security force to more or less defend their camp?” Piro asked. “Because if recent events are any indication, like in Portland and Seattle, this doesn’t end well.”

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