Whenever I start thinking I’m getting too cynical about politics it seems to bring on a “hold my beer and watch this” moment. While it’s a foolish thing to assume you’ve seen the worst in this arena, I believe we’ve hit peak hypocrisy over the second impeachment of President Trump amid claims that he “incited violence”.
It is true that on January 6 he held a rally to raise support for his challenge over the Electoral College votes that day and that a riot ensued at the Capitol building near the end of his speech. However, I’ve read his speech and there is nothing remotely close to incitement of violence. Near the end of his speech he told people to march “peacefully and patriotically” to the Capitol to be heard.
But guess who have been condoning and encouraging riots in the recent past? Pelosi: “I just don’t know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country. Maybe there will be”. Harris (on riots): “They aren’t going to stop. And they shouldn’t”. Pelosi re: tearing down statues unlawfully: “People will do what they do”. Pressley: “There needs to be unrest in the streets”. Harris donated to a fund that raised bail money for people arrested in riots and encouraged others to do so. There are a lot more quotes and examples should we need to go there, just from Democrat politicians. The outrageous statements by the media are their own cringeworthy pile of disgustingness.
OK, some say, but this is different, because President Trump claimed that the election was stolen and that takes things to a different, unacceptable level. Pelosi after the 2016 election: “Our election was hijacked. There is no question.” OK, but it’s not like there were riots – oops, guess again, there were riots in D.C. and several other cities on inauguration day 2017. Anybody remember Russia Collusion? Vladimir Putin hacked the election, remember?
Yes, but Trump and some Republicans challenged the Electoral College vote and that is a bridge too far! Um, the Democrats did that in 2017. Oh, also 2005. And 2001.
For most of 2020 we were told that the burning buildings were part of “mostly peaceful” protests. But a rally with tens of thousands does not qualify for “mostly peaceful” status due to a few hundred entering the Capitol building and a few dozen vandalizing things, possibly getting violent (the extent of any violence is still unclear, amazingly enough). Oh, and just by the way, an unarmed woman who participated in the incursion was shot and killed by a Capitol Police Officer, who hasn’t been named and apparently won’t face any discipline. And she was not a threat to him at the time she was shot.
OK, but there’s a difference between the other riots and this one because it was directed at a Federal building, it was an attack on our government, on Democracy itself! Well, we had numerous attacks on Federal buildings in Portland and Seattle and other government buildings in Minneapolis and other cities that got the coveted “mostly peaceful” award. And we had an attack on the White House where the Secret Service moved the First Family to shelter.
I fear it’s too late, but we can only hope that the T-shirt slogan is taken to heart: “Make Orwell Fiction Again”.