The Trumpers and QAnons in Congress and those spread throughout the country who speak about this uprising on January 6 tell us there were other riots over time in our country. One went back to the 1954 attack in the House of Representative by four Puerto Rican nationalists which ended up wounding five Congressmen. But most tell us about the Black Lives Matter demonstrations during the 2020 summer.
I fail to see the relevance of those attacks with one upon our nation’s Capitol by hundreds upon hundreds of people intent on disrupting the orderly process of government at the urging of Trump. One wrong does not justify another. Small wrongs do not justify a giant wrong.
Here we had for the first time in our history a president of the United States urging his mob of followers to go to Congress to stop it from acting as it should.
The Trumper notes: “Some protesters wrongfully fought back. We condemn violence, but we do understand.” Understand what? I assume what is understandable from the Trump point of view is that the violence was all justifiable for three reasons:
First is the doctrine of self-defense. What happened was the few hundred police in doing their jobs trying to protect the Capitol from thousands upon thousands of folk “battered and sprayed and threw “flash grenades” at protesters.” This is a novel self defense argument where the aggressor justifies his aggression by saying his victim put up a defense.
Second, the other folk got me mad defense. Those rioters attacked the Capitol because; “they were just angry at the government in general. You know if you keep calling Trump supporters “deplorables” or worse for four years, keep spewing hate at them for four years, keep comparing them to Nazis for four years, then you may expect you’ll enrage them. The anti-Trump hate mongers have succeeded in enraging pro-Trump supporters.”
Third, the Patriot Defense: “I compare those who rioted at the Capitol to the Patriots who stood up to British Soldiers at the Boston Massacre in 1770. Patriots threw rocks and ice and snowballs at British Soldiers. Some Protesters at the Capitol turned into rioters who threw objects at D.C. police.” Does that mean that those who threw rocks and bottles at the law enforcement officers during the Black Lives Matters marches are to be compared to Patriots?
The bottom line, though, we are told is that nothing really happened anyway. The attack really amounted to much ado about nothing.
Here is what one Trump follower stated, indicating that despite what we watched in horror, we were looking at it in the wrong way. He writes: “It’s not been proven protesters murdered anyone or intended to kill anyone.” What does “not been proven” mean. Does it mean there was no riot and there was no destruction of the Capitol because it has not been proven? Are we only to believe things after they go before a court of law to be proven. We do know Rosanne Boyland was trampled to death by people rushing to breach a tunnel entrance on the west side of the Capitol. We know Officer Brian Sicknick got killed and two other officers committed suicide. Are we to disregard that knowlege because it has not been proven? He goes on to say: “In fact, the only allegation (charge) is that a connection exists between the officer’s stroke and “bear spray” (less toxic than pepper spray, as I read).”
My thought when I read this is that more did not die but it was not for want of trying as the Trumper admits: “some few have struck police officers, have hurled objects (flag staffs) or wielded batons which could have been deadly.” That does not include them dragging police officers down the stairs, hitting them with fire extinguishers and flag poles, crushing them behind doors, and otherwise injuring over 140 of them.
What’s the big deal, the Trumper writes: “No statues were torn down. No paintings/artwork were destroyed. No arsons were started. Some broke windows and doors? I see a few hundred engaged in “violent” civil disobedience causing mostly minor damages and minor injuries. Most arrested (less than 400) mostly just trespassed.”
We are now to believe according to the Trumpters and QAnons the protesters simply wanted to delay the vote certification, were justified in their actions, and nothing of significance happened outside a large group trespassing on the Capitol grounds causing a some broken windows and doors but no other damage.
But the best is yet to come.