"Those "cosplayers" invaded the US Capitol in a Presidentially-sanctioned attempt to use violence to subvert a free and fair election. If you can't see how that is a FAR more serious threat to America than urban rioting and unfocused property destruction, then you're being willfully obtuse."
|Posted: 11 January 2022 at 12:56pm | IP Logged | 5
I think you are half right. To call what happened on January 6 a riot simply does not describe what happened. For those who stormed the capitol, it was a deliberate attempt to overturn the results of the election, so it can only fairly be described as an insurrection. As such, it was a direct attack on our democratic institutions. There is no comparison between that and the riots that sprang from the protests Joe is referring to.
But I disagree with the notion that the events of Jan 6 posed a major threat to the country, because the insurrection had NO CHANCE of being successful. The insurrectionists never stood a chance at getting the election results overturned. Mike Pence and the legislators who were there to certify the results were safely evacuated. They never even came into direct contact with an insurrectionist. And the actions of those involved were rightly condemned by the vast majority of Americans on both sides of the political spectrum. Now they are being appropriately charged and prosecuted for their actions.
If there was ever a real threat to democracy, it came from Trump and his surrogates promoting claims that the election was stolen after it was shown there was no evidence of widespread fraud.
"It's not just the violence - it's that they were protesting a free and fair election. Even the most benign attendees wanted the votes of people of color thrown out."
I think you're going to far by suggesting that protestors were motivated to suppress minority votes.
I agree it was a free and fair election that Biden won. But the people who showed up to protest didn't see it that way. Many were deceived by the president and the media. They were there to protest perceived widespread fraud, including dead people voting, people casting ballots that did not belong to them, vote counting machines being manipulated, etc.
As I recall, there was a long running story on Fox News that suggested in one polling place the election workers claimed a water pipe had broken, and that the site was being closed for the evening, but after the media left, they pulled out boxes with thousands of ballots pre-marked for Biden, and used them to sway the results in their precinct. They even showed footage they claimed was of workers retrieving the unmarked boxes from under tables.
Another story claimed the number of Biden votes received exceeded the total number of registered voters.
People who believed these stories came out to protest what they perceived to be fraudulent election results. If you want to argue they were fools for being taken in by Trump, his surrogates, the media, etc., that is more than fair. But to claim they were all there to intentionally suppress minority voters seems unjustified.