In a flash, race baiters, professional agitators and even President-elect Joe Bide and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris turned the monstrous attack on Congress into a self-serving and loathsome political screed based on a whacky assumption that here was just another example of racism.
Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors started it off yesterday on CNN when she declared with papal-like certainty:
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 from the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol. We all know that’s true and it’s unacceptable. Totally unacceptable.
No, I image no one can tell her otherwise, because she won't listen.
Biden, following the script, soon joined in:
You can’t tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesters yesterday they wouldn’t have been treated very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol. We all know that is true. And it is totally unacceptable. Totally unacceptable. The American people saw it in plain view.
Err, tell me again how Biden will be his own man and not a willing (or unwitting) pawn of the radical left. It's as if Biden read this off a monitor that had been scripted by Cullors. Of course, Harris followed up with her own echo.
Lots of conspiracy horsepucky has been launched to "explain" the insurrection, including the one that the far left antifa boneheads were actually the ones that invaded the Capitol, masquerading as Trump supporters.
But Cullors launched one of her own: That the Capitol police were covert Trump supporters who allowed the insurrectionists into the Capitol. She claimed that Capitol police willingly fled the mob, as if proving they were inspired by their white racism. And not fear for their own lives or being overwhelmed by a threatening crowd.
Joy Reid at CNN piled on:
Guarantee you, if that was a Black Lives Matter protest in D.C., there would already be people shackled, arrested or dead. Shackled, arrested en masse or dead.
Never mind that 50 cops were injured trying to repel the breach. And that one died. Never mind that one of the intruders was shot and later died.
Cullors, in a stunning act of hypocrisy asserts that proof of a double standard is demonstrated during last summer's "protests" over the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor were met with rubber bullets, gas and worse.
Michelle Obama also joined the double standard chorus, insisting that Black Lives Matter "protests" were "an overwhelmingly peaceful movement."
Might I dare point out that the pro-Trump protests also by far were overwhelmingly peaceful? And that the summer violence was started by left-wing radicals raiding a federal facility, setting fire to private property, taking over public property and posting armed guards--an illegal act that led to several deaths.
I had hoped for better from Biden, who keeps sounding a plea for unity, but does the opposite by continuing to play the blame game as if he were still back in his basement campaigning.
We need to start from the premise that American lives matter. That saying that all lives matter is not an expression of racist hatred but the deep truth that all lives do indeed matter. That includes black people, whether killed by police or killed in a neighborhood gang war. As well as the lives of Brian D. Sicknick, the Capitol Police officer who died Thursday night and Ashli Babbitt, the Trump supporter who was killed.
Truth is, we won't move on, united and in respect with each other, until this racial blame game ends.
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