After Trump Mob, Revisionist History will Only Drive us Apart | Opinion

There's absolutely no justifying the terrorist mob of Donald Trump supporters that stormed the Capitol in a defiant show of anarchy on Wednesday. It was decidedly un-American, dangerous and embarrassing. It brought shame to our nation, as it should anyone who defends it.

Rioting is never justified, and it cannot be lost on anyone that some of the very same voices currently outraged by mob violence ignored, downplayed or even supported it when it came from political causes they agreed with. That attitude helped create the environment that made the chaos at the Capitol possible.

These voices are now rewriting history for political expediency. They could help bring this country together by finally acknowledging that all riots and armed insurrections—regardless of the politics driving them—are destructive, dangerous and must be stopped. But they seem disinterested so far.

Newly minted Squad member Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) argued the Trump mob benefited from "white privilege."

"Had it been people who look like me, had it been the same amount of people, but had they been black and brown, we wouldn't have made it up those steps," Bush told MSNBC. "We wouldn't have made it to be able to get into the door and bust windows and go put our feet up on the desks of Congress members."

Perhaps then-candidate Bush was too busy campaigning to notice Seattle's "summer of love," when violent Antifa and BLM radicals, many of whom were armed, occupied one of the city's most densely populated neighborhoods. The police quite literally abandoned their precinct under orders from the mayor. The rioters managed to storm their way into the creation of an autonomous zone.

This armed movement aimed to defund the police and assert control over several blocks. It was driven by ideology. It directly led to the murder of two black teens. How can this be justified? How can it not be called out?

On CNN, echoing Bush's sentiment, Van Jones argued, "If you're black, if you're a progressive, the price of you go to jail for it." (He was talking about D.C., though CNN's Twitter feed seemingly chose to broaden his point.)

Criminal protesters seldom went to jail this summer, particularly in the Pacific Northwest. And those who did almost never saw charges, despite evidence of wrongdoing. Portland saw more than 100 nights of riots—not peaceful protests—and of the arrests, nearly 70 percent of charges were dropped by a county district attorney who ideologically sided with the cause.

Following Wednesday's riots, a picture of national guardsmen on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during a Black Lives Matter protest went viral, with many claiming it was evidence of the disparity that Bush and Jones were alleging.

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Trump supporters face off with police and security forces in front of the US Capitol in Washington DC on January 6, 2021. CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP/Getty

But not only was the National Guard eventually deployed to defend the Capitol on Wednesday—the Pentagon offered the extra security ahead of the rally but Capitol police turned it down, according to the Associated Press. Why? They wanted to avoid re-creating the very picture now cited by those claiming a double standard: "officials also were intent on avoiding any appearance that the federal government was deploying active duty or National Guard troops against Americans."

If you're upset with the mob at the Capitol, good. You should be. It's maddening. They should all be in jail. But please don't stop with calls to punish them merely because they are associated with Trump. They should be punished, along with anyone who dares to use violence to forward ideology.

Republican lawmakers issued a consistent response to the Trump supporters who laid siege to the Capitol in the middle of a joint session of Congress. They have said in no uncertain terms the assault was wrong, un-American, illegal and must be punished.

Republicans have been consistent since the summer riots. Democrats? Not so much. They gave the violence a pass either out of support of the underlying cause or because they believed the chaos could help defeat Donald Trump.

For her part, Rep. Bush didn't just openly defend Antifa. She also told protesters to "stay home" if their goal was to "have peace."


It’s either non-violent or violent.

It’s never peaceful.
If it is, it’s NOT a protest.

We show up to disrupt peace & normalcy to bring about change.

So if you’re protesting to make yourself feel good and have peace, stay home.

— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) June 4, 2020

Jones's colleague Chris Cuomo also defended Antifa and BLM violence, with only tepid condemnation of their tactics, because "all punches are not equal, morally."

Every ideologue thinks his or her cause is just, right and moral. That's the reason it's so important to suppress violent movements before they gain momentum. Indeed, we saw Antifa and BLM violence gain steam in 2020 and it had deadly consequences. When Democrats stayed silent, the violence intensified and the crime stats multiplied.

And it created a culture of lawlessness. One that just enabled the Trump supporters to feel free to engage in their form of terrorism. And no, we also shouldn't dismiss the dangerous and increasingly delusional conspiracy theories of a stolen election peddled by the president.

Instead of taking a moment to reflect on the disparate treatment of the 2020 violence and how it may have helped make the assault a bit easier for the Trump supporters to justify, some use it, again, to dunk on Trump. But that will not unite anyone.

Jason Rantz is a frequent guest on Fox News and is the host of the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH Seattle, heard weekday afternoons. You can subscribe to his podcast here and follow him on Twitter: @jasonrantz.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.