A Tale of Two Riots

BLM riot vs US Capitol riot
By The Right-Wing Teen

I am so sick of the media spinning the news to make patriotic Americans and Trump supporters look bad. The left got what they wanted, for crying out loud! President Trump is out of office, but their never-ending crazed obsession with him is ridiculous. Consider their reporting on the “Capitol riot,” for instance.

This week is the one-year anniversary of the January 6th riot at the US Capitol. Americans are still sharply divided over the afternoon-long episode’s significance and severity. But one thing you can guarantee is that the Democrats will surely have a media spectacle of events lined up to emphasize the alleged “threat” posed to democracy by Donald Trump and his party.

Umm, what about the threat to democracy from election fraud? Any evidence of that – and there’s plenty of it! – they just sweep under the rug. (“Move along, folks. Nothing to see here.”)

Meanwhile, leftists can riot and vandalize all they want and and even set cities on fire, but those incidents are shrugged off as “peaceful protests.”

Indeed, where was the government scrutiny of the summer 2020 BLM riots over criminal George Floyd’s death at the hands of officer Derek Chauvin? In fact, those nationwide riots were endorsed and even encouraged by many on the left – when the country was in the midst of a pandemic, no less.

According to a study of 68 cities by the Major Cities Chiefs Association, in the summer of 2020, there were at least 574 protests that involved acts of violence, including assaults on police officers, looting and arson. Why didn’t the government leaders stand up and denounce the destruction of their communities?

A Rasmussen/National Police Association poll was released on July 21, 2021, which showed that more voters favored a Congressional investigation into last summer’s violent BLM riots than the inquisition of the so-called “insurrection” on January 6, 2021.

But since when has Congress done what the people want? They’re more concerned with their own petty partisan affairs.

In any case, Democrats were quick to seize on the January 6th incident to commission a formal inquiry, ostensibly to look into what led up to the US Capitol riot – aka “siege,” “insurrection,” or “attempted coup” as they call it.

Seriously??? The US Capitol protest was completely unarmed!

They’ve even had the audacity to compare it to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that killed over 2,300 servicemen and the 9-11 terrorist attacks that killed over 2,900 innocent Americans – outrageously dishonest comparisons to say the least.

The Justice Department and even Joe Biden himself actually alleged that “radical white extremism” is the “greatest threat to our Democracy” and the “greatest threat to our national security.”

Really??? American citizens are more of a threat than al Qaeda, ISIS, Russia or China?

It’s obvious the January 6th committee is nothing more than a politically charged witch hunt (just like the Russian Collusion hoax) with the intention of making the Capitol uprising look like an act of war and pinning all the blame on President Trump and his supporters.

That became quite clear when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rejected House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) request to seat Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jim Banks (R-IN) on the committee.

Pelosi was probably afraid of what they might seek to gain information on – such as why repeated requests from Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund for National Guard troops were rejected. Incidentally, that falls on Pelosi, who is in charge of Capitol security.

Instead, Pelosi chose never-Trumpers Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-MI), classic RINOs whose only interest in being on the committee is their personal vendetta against Trump.

Seeking to discredit Pelosi’s January 6 panel as “illegitimate,” Republicans will release their OWN Capitol riot report, criticizing the failure to act on intelligence and cops being unprepared. The effort is being led by Rep. Jim Banks, who Speaker Pelosi rejected from the House Capitol riot committee.

Meanwhile, Biden, the Justice Department and the rest of the Democrats have totally ignored the BLM/Antifa violence across the country that started last year and continues in some cases unabated today.

With that in mind, let’s compare and contrast the two…

BLM Riots

According to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), 95% of the riots that took place last year were linked to Black Lives Matter activists. Six percent of the protests that occurred between May 26 and September 5 involved rioting, looting and similar violence, including 47 fatalities, The Frontier Post reported.

All told, there were 12,045 incidents. The rioting wasn’t only concentrated in large metropolitan areas, either; but also found its way into smaller cities such as Fort Collins, Colorado, Cottonwood Heights, Utah; Gilbert, Arizona; and Davenport, Iowa.

The BLM riots spread to 47 states, causing an estimated $2 billion in damages across the country, overtaking the 1992 Los Angeles riots that took place in the wake of the Rodney King verdict, which caused $775 million in damage. (According to Axios, adjusted for inflation, those costs would amount to $1.42 billion today.)

And get this! According to The Sun, the damage estimate provided by Property Claim Services only accounts for damages caused between May 26 to June 8, 2020.

No specific estimate is available for all the damage caused by riots that continued throughout the rest of the summer and into the fall, but it would be easy to assume you can multiply that $2 billion by a factor of four or five. In Portland, Oregon alone, the riots continued for over 100 consecutive nights, and included the siege of a federal courthouse.

The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) explained the losses above do not account for damages that were not insured. According to FEE, 75 percent of US businesses are underinsured and about 40 percent of small businesses have no insurance at all. Those numbers do not factor into the $2 billion figure.

Newsweek reported that in Minneapolis over 1,500 businesses were damaged in the riots, with many expected to take years to rebuild.

And what of the personal cost the riots wrought? That figure doesn’t account for lost business or personal pain and suffering, upon which you cannot put a price tag. This also doesn’t consider people who lost their means of income due to businesses being damaged. It also doesn’t consider the long-term economic impact that riots have on communities.

The most ludicrous thing about these riots is the disproportionate impact they have on the black community. A 2005 study that examined similar riots from the 1960s discovered “negative, persistent and economically significant effects of riots on the value of black-owned housing,” leading to a “10 percent decline in the total value of black-owned property in cities.”

And what of police officers? According to the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) as cited in American Military News, over 2,000 police officers sustained injuries in just the first few weeks of the Floyd riots in the time period between May 25 through July 31, a total of 2,037 injured officers. At the White House, some 60 U.S. Secret Service Agents were injured, some seriously as real insurrectionists attempted to breach the White House fence, American Military News reported.

And what about arrests? The Associated Press reported last June that some 10,000 persons had been arrested in connection with the riots that took place across the country in the wake of Floyd’s death while in police custody. Those arrests occurred in only the first days after his death sent BLM activists into a psychotic frenzy.

A majority of those arrested had their charges dismissed, and many of them were bailed out courtesy of Hollywood leftists such as Steven Carrell and others. Amazingly, many prosecutors declined to pursue the cases because they concluded the rioters (aka peaceful protestors) were exercising their civil rights.

Now, let’s contrast the billions of dollars of damage during the BLM’s so-called “peaceful protests” with the US Capitol riot on January 6.

US Capitol Riot

According to The Hill, the US Capitol riot on January 6th was the worst “insurrection” in world history.

What they don’t tell you is that the protest was mostly peaceful, the protesters were unarmed, and they weren’t even causing an uproar until their government fired on them with flash grenades, tear gas, and rubber bullets without warning. Or that those who ran up the stairs and entered the Capitol did so only after the doors were opened for them.

Tons of surveillance footage is being withheld from the public. Why??? Could it be so Pelosi and her gang can have the power to spin the incident any way they want?

The Capitol riot caused an estimated $1.5 million in damage, according to a plea document entered for one of those arrested in connection with the incident. That’s about 1/1,000th of the $2 billion BLM damages.

The Capitol riot damages would have been much worse if only the protesters had started fires, toppled statues, ripped apart historic paintings, etc. But that did not happen on January 6th. No one tagged the walls with graffiti, firebombed the halls, or lit off Molotov cocktails like BLM protestors did on their rampages.

What about injuries? Well, one-hundred forty police officers were injured—73 from the Capitol Police and 65 from DC Metro. Obviously no injuries are preferable, but 140 officers pales in comparison to the thousands (more likely tens of thousands) of officers injured during the BLM riots all last summer across the country.

How many people died at the US Capitol riot on January 6th? Well, despite leftists breathlessly referring to it as a “deadly” insurrection, only one person died that day as a direct result of the incident—Air Force veteran and Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed woman shot to death by a plain-clothes, black US Capitol police officer. Where is the George Floyd-style outrage against that officer on behalf of Ms. Babbitt?

(A second woman, Roseanne Boyland, may also have been killed by DC police.)

How “damaged” was our democracy? In other words, how long was it that our government was shut down for? Mere hours. How many members of Congress were injured or directly threatened? None.

How many protesters were arrested in connection with the incident? Over 700. The Department of Justice, weaponized against American patriots, dispatched hundreds of FBI agents nationwide, posted pictures on social media of the bandidos who trespassed at the US Capitol (as if they were dangerous fugitives), relentlessly tracked them down and threw them in jail – often without even being told what the charges were.

Many of these political prisoners are being held in solitary confinement, without bail, and subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment – including physical and psychological torture, if some reports are correct. I don’t care whose side you’re on, this is an unconstitutional abuse of human rights and civil rights. In the United States of America!

A tale of two “riots.” If there is any “two tiers of justice” situation in America, it’s that there are severe punishments for right-wing rioters who simply wanted to stand up for their rights as U.S. citizens, and no repercussions at all for the left-wing rioters who terrorized entire communities for months on end.

Want to know more?

AmericanGulag.org is a project of Jim Hoft for the benefit of the public and to provide sunshine and publicity to the scores of political prisoners wrongfully imprisoned as a result of the protest on January 6th. Visit AmericanGulag.org to learn how you can help these persecuted and suffering men and women including mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, most with no criminal history who simply got caught up in the passion of the moment.

RealClearInvestigations has developed a comparison database allowing readers to draw their own conclusions between the 2021 Capitol Riot, the 2020 George Floyd Riots, and the all-but-forgotten riot in Washington DC on Inauguration Day 2017, when protesters challenged Trump’s election and legitimacy. Click here to view the comparison chart.

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