Now that pro Trump people are rioting, they’ve adopted the term “insurrection.”
It’s wonderful that all of the left and news media have finally all caught up with conservatives in agreeing that insurrection and rioting are wrong. Now that the left and media finally agree rioting is wrong, will they call for prosecution of all, including those who committed crimes this summer in cities like Kenosha, Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Portland? Will they admit police are needed and shouldn’t be defunded or abolished, since they were clearly needed at the Capitol? We won’t hold our breath.
We’ve been saying for months that rioting, violence, and insurrection need to be met with the strongest legal challenge. Yet, many in the left and media responded to left-wing rioting by advocating defunding and abolishing police departments whose job is to counter them. They hurled negative and unfair rhetoric toward those police agencies. They even released statements sympathizing with a man who twisted toward officers with a knife after getting physical with them. Why the political hypocrisy?
We’re calling it out.
We don’t recall the similar outrage over the Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots and insurrection this summer or after Ferguson. If you think those were different because the Capitol was a bigger symbol, we think a police precinct (one burned, another was occupied) is a pretty big symbol of governmental authority and order also. In addition, the BLM riots caused widespread destruction to people’s small businesses. In Kenosha, a Department of Corrections building was torched. Both situations are bad. But the left and media haven’t treated them the same.
Instead, we saw movements to bail out insurrectionists. In June, Kamala Harris tweeted, “If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota.”
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 1, 2020
We saw calls to understand and empathize with the rioters.
We saw politicians, like state Rep. Jonathan Brostoff, call curfews “racist,” attempting to strip government of the most minimal tools to respond. Milwaukee County Supervisor Ryan Clancy said curfews “embolden police violence.” In Portland, the Multnomah County DA declined to prosecute 70% of Portland cases relating to riots/protests, according to Oregon Live.
We saw the media sanitize its leaders, refusing to report their criminal records and gang ties. In fact, Milwaukee County Supervisor Ryan Clancy even apologized to the People’s Revolution, the group that rioted on a police officer’s girlfriend’s lawn, with one of its members now accused of a felony for discharging a gun at the officer. The Milwaukee County Board issues a resolution praising the group.
We saw governments create “autonomous zones” and talk about “summers of love.”
We saw politicians rail against federal intervention and police action to stop rioters and insurrectionists. They were even against non-lethal methods of riot control, such as pepper spray. The Milwaukee Common Council put a stop to MPD using tear gas as the Democratic National Convention loomed. According to WISN-TV, Milwaukee police explained that they “used pepper spray and smoke to break up a crowd of protesters they said threw glass, rocks even a Molotov cocktail at them. It was a force that city leaders thought was questionable.” Alderman Nik Kovac seemed a lot more upset about the pepper spray than the rocks and Molotovs, telling WISN: “Clearly, the Milwaukee police were using their violent capabilities and weapons unnecessarily.”
We saw prosecutors who refused to prosecute at all. Milwaukee City Attorney Tearman Spencer announced he would dismiss some curfew violations. Cook County’s top prosecutor Kim Foxx was criticized for being too lenient on riot-related prosecutions. Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown