The far left media is relentlessly hyping the purported threat of “far-right” extremism in the United States. On MSNBC today, the “anchor” Nicolle Wallace discussed drone strikes as one possibility against the “domestic terrorists,” which suddenly appear to be everywhere, and yet nowhere at all.
The left’s credibility would be better on the matter if they weren’t flagrant hypocrites, turning a blind eye to radical activists’ numerous attacks against American citizens and months-long sieges they carried out in numerous U.S. cities in 2020.
While the hard left debates drone-striking its political opposition, the wreckage of far-left extremism in the United States has been truly mind-boggling.
Nine of the people killed during protests were demonstrators taking part in Black Lives Matter protests. Two were conservatives killed after pro-Trump “patriot rallies”. All but one were killed by fellow citizens.
This striking figure is in stark contrast to the media’s narrative about the deadly Capitol riots in 2020. Indeed, as the cause of death of Officer Brian Sitnick remains very much in doubt, it may turn out that the only people directly killed in the riots were Trump supporters themselves.
There is also the eliding of past attacks on the capitol, which causes the audience have a “tunnel vision” and fail to properly contextualize past events. This may indeed be a deliberate tactic of radical media that seeks to foment a “perpetual revolution” atmosphere about contemporary events by carrying out a massive disinformation campaign waged within a left-wing echo chamber.
The leftist media is indeed in a mad scramble to paint everyone on the right as arch-villains in their Manichean passion play. It is important to disabuse people of the false notion that political extremism is an exclusively right-wing phenomenon.
But one doesn’t have to go back to the 1983 capitol bombing to find examples of the capitol being under attack by radical activists. One can merely go back four years — to the Inauguration of Donald Trump.
In 2017, the angry left unleashed a violent, destructive rampage at the U.S. Capitol. Glass windows were smashed. People were injured. Hundreds were arrested.
The AP captured the mayhem on video:
The U.S. Attorney’s office sought to charge hundreds in the 2017 Capitol uprising as participating in a “black bloc riot.” One of the activists who was arrested, who actually got free reign to write a dubious account in The Washington Post, laments the basic law enforcement and casts it as supposedly draconian measures:
The differences between our situation and that of the Capitol stormers are hard to miss. We were two miles away from the actual inauguration; police overwhelmed us with stinger ball grenades and pepper spray over the course of an ill-fated half-hour. The mob this year was an estimated 8,000 strong and had to contend only with a feeble number of officers from the U.S. Capitol Police and D.C. police. Authorities made no attempt at a mass arrest on Jan. 6, and by the time National Guard reinforcements arrived, many inside the Capitol had already dispersed. […]
Over a week after the siege, there are indications that some who bashed their way into the Capitol will eventually face charges of “seditious conspiracy,” which carries a maximum 20-year sentence. By comparison, in 2017, even before we were released from jail, hundreds of us were charged with a rarely used D.C. felony riot statute. A few months later, we’d each been indicted on charges that added up to as much as seven decades in prison.
The left’s purported unfair discrimination and victimization at the hands of law enforcement authorities does not in the least comport with reality.
What is actually happening: Hundreds of rioters were charged in the 2020 capitol breach and have been roundly condemned by both Republicans, the Democrats, and the U.S. media. In 2017, on the other hand, the media lent activists their platforms and actually defended their actions amidst the destruction and mayhem. This surreal passage from The Intercept is illustrative:
IT’S BEEN A bleak year for the 194 protesters, medics, and journalists facing multiple felony charges stemming from their arrests surrounding Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration on January 20, 2017. Vilified by much of the mainstream press and largely ignored by the liberal resistance movement, the J20 defendants — as they’re collectively known — have huddled around each other and their tight network of supporters. On Friday, a jury began deliberations in the first J20 trial, of six defendants, on a raft of counts; a verdict could come as soon as Monday. Last Wednesday, however, there was a rare glimmer of hope: Before closing arguments, Judge Lynn Leibovitz of the D.C. Superior Court threw out the “inciting a riot” charge, a felony with a maximum 10 year sentence.
This is not, however, what took place. These protesters were not “vilified,” they were either ignored or praised, except for a handful of conservative outlets. If one wants to really appreciate the double standards in this country when it comes to left-wing violence and agitation, it doesn’t simply apply to the media, but to the legal system.
The NY Intelligencer reported about the J20 protesters’ fates:
Federal prosecutors dropped all charges against the 38 remaining defendants arrested and charged with rioting during the Disrupt J20 protests on Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day. The dismissal brings an end to the nearly 18-month saga that saw 234 protesters threatened with as much as 60 years in prison for their alleged roles in the destruction of property on January 20, 2017.
In the end, 21 people charged for their roles in the protests pleaded guilty. But prosecutors failed to get a single conviction for those cases that went in front of a jury. In a statement, the U.S. Attorney’s office in D.C. said “the results in the cases brought to trial” has led it to drop the charges against the remaining defendants.
That’s right. The charges were dropped against nearly all of the rioters.
Despite the media’s disingenuous attempt to paint far-right extremists as the sole grave threat to American “democracy,” even to the extent of trying to get so-called “far-right” Americans out of the armed forces, the far-left has been violently and visibly posing a threat to Americans’ safety and security right in everyone’s faces for months on end.
The Antifa-fueled Black Lives Matter riots in 140 cities following the gruesome death of George Floyd at the hands of police led to at least $2 billion in damages, at least nine people killed, hundreds of arrests and the National Guard called in 21 states.
The officers and agents were injured when protesters threw “projectiles such as bricks, rocks, bottles, fireworks and other items,” according to the statement. “Personnel were also directly physically assaulted as they were kicked, punched and exposed to bodily fluids.”
In terms of scale and cost, the Antifa-fueled BLM riots were objectively worse than the riots at the Capitol building breach. While over 600 suspects were charged in these riots, most of them summarily let go, a little over 200 suspects were charged in the Capitol riots. However, there is an all-out mission to make the 2020 Capitol riots look worse than the months of rioting in America’s biggest cities, which killed far more.
This is the power of the media: The left seeks to corrupt the “justice system” by harnessing the power of the mass media to institute cultural hegemony. If it gets to define the narrative, it gets to redefine social “justice”; not as “equality under the law,” but what furthers its ends of internal division and one-party control over the United States.
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