If there is any “two systems of justice” situation here, it’s that there are one set of rules for right-wing rioters and none for left-wing rioters who terrorized entire communities for months on end in 2020.
On Thursday, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris used their platforms as the next POTUS and VPOTUS of the United States to gaslight the American people with their dishonest comparison of Wednesday’s Capitol Hill riots to the Antifa/Black Lives Matter looting and riots that happened in Democrat-run cities for over six months in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.
Biden threw gasoline on the fire by proclaiming that “No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated very, very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol.”
Harris did her part in lighting a match as well, declaring that “We witnessed two systems of justice when we saw one that let extremists storm the United States Capitol, and another that released tear gas on peaceful protesters last summer.”
In reality, in most instances the radicals in BLM and Antifa were allowed to get away with their heinous actions last year, even being treated as heroes by the mainstream press and Democrats – some of whom, like Harris and the Biden campaign, promoted their bail funds.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 1, 2020
This is a cautionary tale about what happens when you normalise political violence. Don’t stoke the flames of political polarisation, back terrorist paramilitaries like Antifa, etc., & then act shocked when rule of law starts disintegrating. Just awful. https://t.co/JJy8uv87Gr
— Ben Scallan ?? (@Ben_Scallan) January 7, 2021
— Sister Toldjah Le Pew ? (@sistertoldjah) January 6, 2021
On the other hand, the violent Capitol Hill rioters from Wednesday who took things way too far will have the book thrown at them, and deservedly so.
Do you see anyone you recognize? The #FBI is still seeking information to help identify individuals who actively instigated violence on January 6 in Washington, D.C. Visit https://t.co/o9rDVDsk5S to see images from current cases, and submit tips to https://t.co/buMd8vYXzH. pic.twitter.com/R9JqN8TqpP
— FBI (@FBI) January 8, 2021
Here’s a look back through the Legal Insurrection archives at the protest violence and other dangerous activities that occurred during an over six-month period of time here in America in 2020 courtesy of the left-wing extremists in Antifa and BLM:
–Mob Throws Statue of Hans Christian Heg, Abolitionist, Into Lake Monona
–It’s Going Down: Seattle Surrenders a Police Station and Four City Blocks to Antifa
–America Under Attack: Riots and Looting Nationwide
–Portland Rioters Set Fire to Bloody Pig’s Head With Cop’s Hat on U.S. Flag
–Man Violently Attacked in Portland: “I was stabbed for being a conservative journalist”
–Media, Portland Mayor Mischaracterize Assault on Federal Courthouse as “Protests”
–Sen. Rand Paul and others attacked by DC mobs after leaving Trump speech
–Kenosha, WI Under Siege By Antifa/BLM Rioters
–Riot First, Asks Questions Later: Minneapolis Looting Sparked By False Report Of Police Shooting
–DC BLM Mob Harasses White Diners, Demanding They Raise Fists In Solidarity
–Portland Rioters Wheel Guillotine Through Suburbs, Execute American Flag
–Report: Seattle Rioters Tried to Burn Police Officers Alive By Sealing Precinct Door Shut
–Portland: BLM Mob Causes Man to Crash, Beats Him Unconscious
–‘Peaceful Protesters’ in Portland Set Fire to County Government Building
–Chicago Looters Attack Ronald McDonald House
–Over 100 People Arrested in Chicago Overnight Amid Rampant Rioting and Looting
–Louisville, Other Cities Struck by Violence, Riots for Second Night After Breonna Taylor Decision
–BLM Protesters Target Georgetown CVS Because Employees Called Police on Shoplifters
–Two Los Angeles County Deputies Shot; BLM Chants “We Hope They Die” Outside Hospital
–Black Lives Matter Rioters Ransack Rochester, NY
–‘Peaceful Protests’ Push St. Louis, Portland Mayors Out of Their Homes
–National Guard Deployed to Philadelphia After Violence, Looting Explodes for the Second Night
–Pro-Trump Rally Attacked In Liberal Ithaca (NY)
–BLM Rioters Damage Homes, Stores in Wisconsin After DA Won’t Charge Cop in Fatal Shooting
— CensorshipForHire (@WheelmanForHire) January 6, 2021
Some on the left and a few on the right have suggested that comparing the Antifa/BLM riots to the Capitol Hill riots in terms of how the media and Democrats viewed them is unhelpful “whataboutism,” but it’s not, for reasons explained below:
The Capitol riot was VERY BAD, and everyone condemns it. But, dismissing 2020's riots as "just burning small businesses" and "totally different" is dishonest. Rioters burned down an active precinct with cops initially in it, set up a literal city-state, and killed 34 people.
— Wilfred Reilly (@wil_da_beast630) January 8, 2021
(2) Attacks on targets nearly as symbolic as the Capitol, with FAR more damage done, were common. In addition to CHAZ (!) and the 3rd Precinct, rioters attacked the Portland federal courthouse with mortars for 100 days, and looted the Mag Mile. Mob rule IS bad, or it isn’t.
— Wilfred Reilly (@wil_da_beast630) January 8, 2021
They burned down the Capital Church.
— DistractedShieldmaiden (@DShieldmaiden) January 9, 2021
"BLM protestors would've been treated differently"
They'd be celebrated by the press and lionized by politicians.
— Clifton Duncan: MFA, BFA, Be Impressed (@cliftonaduncan) January 8, 2021
It is not “whataboutism” to point out that today would not have happened had the rioting in the summer not been defended and normalized. To pretend that this happened in a vacuum is insane. BLM took over a police station and burned it to the ground. And the media defended it.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) January 7, 2021
If there is any “two systems of justice” situation here, it’s unquestionably that there are one set of rules for right-wing rioters and none for BLM and Antifa rioters who terrorized entire communities for months on end, took over entire city blocks and police precincts, and threw incendiary devices at federal courthouses while Democrats and the media enthusiastically egged them on and gaslit the country on a regular basis as the fires raged.
Here are CNN and MSNBC hosts and guests defending violent protesters this summer. The same condemnation should occur for all violent protesters regardless of their politics. But that doesn’t happen in today’s media: pic.twitter.com/s4IxVXXjDl
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 8, 2021
Democrats and the media coddled Antifa/BLM rioters at a time when stepping up and speaking out strongly against them might have made a difference. Republicans not only repeatedly condemned last year’s looting and riots, but did the same with the Capitol Hill violence that happened earlier this week.
That’s something to remember the next time anyone on the left or in the media tries to pretend they have any moral high ground here. They most certainly do not.
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