(Article by Tristan Justice republished from TheFederalist.com)
On Wednesday, a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building. It was an astonishing display of anarchic protest that delayed congressional certification of the Electoral College vote formally handing former Vice President Joe Biden the keys to the White House.
The scenes from the dark day of disaster demonstrations illustrated a deteriorating country, repulsed millions, and traumatized a nation still recovering from the death, despair, and disruption that came to define the dystopian months of 2020. Above all, what happened Wednesday served as a grim reminder that the institutional stress test of 2020 has followed us into 2021.
For the left, however, the chaos at the Capitol has opened an opportunity to refute the perception they own the monopoly on widespread political violence. Democrats and left-wing media elites have already capitalized on the violent outbreak, where four people died, to characterize conservatives as the creatures of chaos.
At this point, it's undeniable that the political far-right calls home to its own Antifa-like anarchists. It is also undeniable, however, that reaction to the protests from conservative leaders roundly condemning the violence from their own side stands in remarkable contrast to the way Democrats and corporate media spent months going out of their way attempting to justify the deadly actions of militant leftists.
Not one prominent conservative pundit or politician with any significant platform was reported to have tried endorsing the mob of Trump supporters infiltrating the U.S. Capitol. To the contrary, conservatives spent months vilifying Democratic leaders for not doing enough in their own states and cities to crack down on the militant mobs of leftists taking streets under siege, normalizing the kind of political violence on track to appear routine in the nightmare 2020 decade.
It was only seven months ago that Washington D.C. was last on fire.
A trip down memory lane chronicling the left's reaction to last year's eruption of unrest claiming the lives of at least 30 people not only exposes the hypocrisy suffusing Democrats' condemnation of political violence, but also illustrates a sobering reality that there's plenty of blame to go around for the situation in which the United States now finds itself.
Incoming Vice President Kamala Harris encouraged her supporters last summer to donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which provided bail money to the militant anarchists facing charges for setting fire to Minneapolis.
CNN's Chris Cuomo showcased his ignorance of the First Amendment in June when dismissing the idea that militant protests sweeping the nation in the aftermath of George Floyd's death were illegal.
"Please, show me where it says protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful," Cuomo demanded.
Here's the text from the First Amendment, emphasis added:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
MSNBC’s Ali Velshi stood in front of a liquor store burning behind him in Minneapolis and called the riots surrounding the camera crew "mostly a protest" that is "not, generally speaking, unruly."
"But fires have been started," Velshi made clear to note.
CNN continued to parody itself in August as a second wave of mass unrest swept the country with Kenosha, Wisconsin as its focal point. After the label "fiery but mostly peaceful" had become a trolling phrase online to describe legacy media’s coverage of the summer riots, the network literally adopted the words to describe events unfolding in Kenosha while a reporter stood in front of a several burning vehicles.
Democrats went through their entire online convention without condemning the epidemic of left-wing violence that engulfed the nation in the preceding months.
"Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence," Hannah-Jones said on CBS, to which the anchors offered no challenge.
"It's a great point that you make, Nikole," CBS's Vladimir Duthiers replied.
PBS White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor tried and failed to fact-check President Donald Trump in May, apparently faulting the president for not providing any evidence when calling the anarchists terrorizing cities "anarchists."
CNN prime time anchor Don Lemon celebrated the Floyd riots as a 21st-century version of the Boston Tea Party.
"And let's not forget if anyone is judging this, I'm not judging this," Lemon said as CNN cameras rolled with footage of riots in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. "This is how this country was started."
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof penned an op-ed in July headlined, "Help Me Find Trump's 'Anarchists' In Portland," in which he actually appears to find them.
The Huffington Post published a brief four-minute mini-documentary outlining "How Riots Built America" to draw parallels between the 2020 riots against police with periods of unrest throughout American history.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan returned fire on Trump in June when the president demanded an end to the city's partial occupation by socialist protestors.
"Seattle is fine," Durkan wrote on Twitter despite the insurgency. "Don't be so afraid of democracy."
Washington Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee was caught being completely oblivious to the anarchist insurrection taking over his state’s largest city when he was asked about the rogue militia during a coronavirus press briefing.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just shrugged when asked about a militant mob tearing down the statue of legendary explorer Christopher Columbus in Baltimore in June 2020.
"People will do what they do," Pelosi said.
The Democratic leader likely had a different reaction Wednesday at the sight of a random Trump anarchists lounging around in her own office.
Rolling Stone Magazine re-published a 2014 article first out following the Ferguson, Mo. riots in 2104 titled, "9 Historical Triumphs To Make You Rethink Property Destruction," promoting the devastation as progress in May last year. The "historical pedigree of property destruction as a tactic of resistance is long and frequently effective," the authors wrote.
GQ Magazine published a lengthy feature in June amid the Floyd riots headlined, "Why Violent Protests Work."
Slate Magazine ran a piece amid the Floyd riots justifying the chaos ripping the nation's cities apart titled, "Proportionate Response."
Mother Jones joined the crowd in mid-June with a piece titled, "Riots Aren't Irrational."
Time Magazine published a piece in June headlined, 'A War of Words.' Why Describing the George Floyd Protests as 'Riots' Is So Loaded."
The left-wing publication also published a piece headlined, "When Rioting Works," in June.
This is what Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said about rioting in December 2020. Her staff began trying to get Twitter to stop people from retweeting images of this in the wake of the Wednesday riots.
Writer Vicky Osterweil published a book late last summer titled, "In Defense Of Looting," and earned a feature in National Propaganda Radio (NPR) for the work.
Temple University Professor Marc Lamont Hill went on NPR complaining that dismissing protestors as rioters "dehumanizes" them, impeding political progress.
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