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As anniversaries go, Jan. 6 is a pretty lousy one — especially for Republicans.
After losing the election to Joe Biden in a squeaker, then-President Trump wasted two months promoting increasingly unhinged conspiracy theories and fanned the flames of outrage among his most dedicated supporters. Some people on the fringe took this all too seriously. Following a particularly ugly Trump speech, the crowd tore down barriers surrounding the US Capitol, assaulted police officers, and forced their way in.
The paragraph above is nearly a word-for-word recap from the post I wrote that afternoon, “Impeach. Remove. Bar from Office.” As of this writing, that article has received nearly 1,200 comments. Early on, many comments were positive; by the end, it was nearly all negative. It caused a lot of controversy on Ricochet and references to it kept popping up in my posts throughout 2021.
As it turned out, the riot was President Trump’s swan song. He was banned from social media, condemned by several of his most stalwart supporters, and left Washington DC the morning Biden was sworn in. Worse still, Georgia elected two Democrat senators the day before the protest, thanks in part to Trump’s self-destructive meddling. Now the Democrats held the White House and both houses of Congress.
As the violence continued, I wondered what other horrible actions Trump had planned for his last two weeks in office. I thought it best to immediately remove him, preferably within a day or two. Instead, Nancy Pelosi intentionally slow-walked it for maximum partisan advantage, losing most Republicans in the process.
Thankfully, the reaction to Jan. 6 was enough to chasten Trump. He ended his rabble-rousing speeches and quietly went about his business until it was time to leave. Truly, a relief.
After Trump removed himself, Pelosi presided over a meaningless impeachment of an ex-president. Her party, along with legacy media, has milked the riot to spread blame over the entire Republican Party. The Jan. 6 Committee remains a meaningless kangaroo court providing fan service to #resist types who still think Trump colluded with Russia.
The Capitol Hill riot was bad; really bad. As was the congressional baseball shooting, which was quickly memory-holed. And the DC riot during the Republican National Convention. And 2020’s summer of anarchy that sparked a major increase in homicide ever since. There have been all sorts of terrible moments in the past few years, but only one stays in the headlines — the one that might harm the GOP.
The George Floyd riots caused $1 to $2 billion in damage while the Capitol riot caused $1.5 million. That’s 1,300 times more costly. Of those arrested in the summer 2020 riots, the vast majority of charges were dismissed. The Capitol rioters have been held in jail ever since, with prosecutors dropping only a single case. And Kamala Harris didn’t fundraise for their bail money as she did for Antifa.
The Democratic Party supports political violence; they just don’t like it when Republicans engage in it. Call me old-fashioned, but I think political violence is bad when either side does it.
Everyone understands today’s hyperbolic Jan. 6 coverage is a purely political play. Politico Playbook even admitted as much:
Democrats are hoping that Thursday will be more than just a day of remembrance. In the Senate, we hear from well-positioned sources, there’s a desire to take the opportunity to supercharge the party’s long-stalled voting rights legislation — possibly even using the anniversary to try to get Sens. KYRSTEN SINEMA (D-Ariz.) and JOE MANCHIN (D-W.Va.) to go nuclear on the filibuster or embrace rules changes.
That Democrats believe this is a winning strategy beggars belief. Terry McAuliffe focused on the issue and it failed miserably. Some of those Virginian voters can see the Capitol from their homes and they still picked Youngkin. How many votes will it net in Nevada or Wisconsin 11 months from now? If anything, the electorate will be angry to see Dems focused on Jan. 6 instead of inflation, Covid policy, immigration, and every other Biden disaster.
The Capitol riot was a disgusting scene that was rightly condemned by people across the political spectrum. Today’s histrionic reaction by Democrats and the media is cynical politics that won’t distract voters from Biden’s disastrous record.Published in