The Supreme Court building even was attacked to try to prevent swearing in.
Since Democrats and their allies in the liberal media have been in virtue-signaling overdrive for the last year since the Capitol riot on how, in so many words, our “institutions should not be disrupted or disrespected,” we thought it would be a good idea to do a flashback to another recent pivotal moment in our nation’s history where they seemed to hold the exact opposite view for reasons that will be obvious to everyone.
It was the fall of 2018 during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, who at the time was a D.C. circuit court judge. The retirement of SCOTUS Justice Anthony Kennedy paved the way for then-President Trump to make the second of what would end up being three nominations and eventual confirmations to the Supreme Court.
One Trump nomination was too much for the radical left, let alone any more than that, and since Kennedy was viewed as a “moderate/swing vote” type by political observers and “safe” on so-called abortion rights, the left was terrified that Kavanaugh would be the type of Justice who would tip the scales rightward.
As a result, the attempted “Borking” of Kavanaugh commenced apace.
We have a comprehensive timeline of the brutal attacks the left launched on Kavanaugh here, but the one that stands out in my mind more than any of the others that happened at the time was how hundreds of “peaceful protesters” stormed the steps to the Supreme Court, something that previously had not been allowed to take place.
Worse, several of them stood nose to nose with the doors to our nation’s highest court, and then proceeded to angrily pound on them as though trying to knock them down and get through so they could forcibly stop the Kavanaugh’s swearing-in ceremony.
CNN, which has been obsessed over the Capitol riot and which has repeatedly and falsely claimed that those who breached the Capitol on Jan. 6th, 2021 were “insurrectionists,” covered the storming of the steps of the Supreme Court and had zero issue with the leftist agitators getting a little too close to the proceedings going on on the other side of the door.
In fact, the in-studio anchor literally referred to angry mobs including those trying to beat down the Supreme Court’s doors as people who were “demanding their voices be heard” and whose “passion was only growing.”
Any – and I do mean any – attempted disruption of the confirmation process was viewed by the media and Democrats during that time as citizens simply exercising their First Amendment rights. That includes not just the storming of the steps to the court, but also the activist left’s stalking of fence-sitting Senators like then-Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake in hallways and elevators, as well as takeovers of Senate buildings where “sit-ins” took place included pro-abortion celebrities like then-Democratic Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s cousin Amy Schumer:
US comedian and actor Amy Schumer was one of hundreds arrested during a sit-in on the floor of a Senate building protesting a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. pic.twitter.com/9TxYKVnm8K
— The Guardian (@guardian) October 5, 2018
Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal boasted of his involvement in a similar sit-in:
“Today is an occasion & opportunity to show that we stand with survivors of sexual assault & have their back against the attempts to shame them or stigmatize them. We must make sure they are treated with respect & have an opportunity to be heard.” #BelieveSurvivors pic.twitter.com/bazEaLVmUj
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) September 24, 2018
One of the women who cornered Flake became such an icon for the left that she was invited to speak at rallies for failed 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders:
But protest can work.
Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher confronted Jeff Flake in an elevator and forced him to support an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh. Now, that investigation was B.S., but the point is: they FORCED a Senator to change a vote. Two people. pic.twitter.com/oyIlUfsFmS
— Daniel Gleick (@dgleick) September 2, 2021
Last year @AnaMariaArchil2 with her own story of abuse, was vulnerable and powerful cornering Jeff Flake in an elevator for his support of Brett Kavanaugh.
— raf (@rafaelshimunov) December 22, 2019
I have zero doubt – none – that had anti-Kavanaugh demonstrators broken through those doors, the mainstream media and Democrats would have continued to frame their actions just as they did the violent, deadly Antifa/BLM-led riots last year: as “peaceful protests” from people who are “passionate” enough to risk bodily harm and/or arrest to “make their voices heard.”
There is simply no consistency with these people whatsoever. In reality, rioting should be condemned no matter which side is doing it, but it’s okay with the media and Democrats – who don’t mind stoking the flames here and there, either – as long as it advances left-wing political narratives.
Anyone listening today to Democrats decrying the unfortunate events of a year ago or who is watching the wall-to-wall “news” programming at outlets like CNN and MSNBC, which are somberly commemorating the anniversary of the Capitol riot as the “worst attack on our democracy” in like forever, should always remember that.
On a related note, make sure to check out RCP’s updated database with statistical comparisons in terms of damage, arrests, deaths, etc. between the Capitol riot, the 2020 BLM riots, and Trump’s 2017 inauguration. It’s a fascinating and illuminating read and puts a lot of things – including the left’s and media’s double standards on rioting – in full perspective:
— Benjamin Weingarten (@bhweingarten) January 4, 2022
[Featured Image: Disruption of Congressional Hearing via YouTube]
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