Leroy N. Soetoro
2021-01-26 02:24:40 UTC
To properly understand the storming of Capitol Hill last Wednesday, you
must empathize with those who died.
This is not something that President-elect Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi, presumptive Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, or their vicious
media boosters want to do. They want to eradicate the legacy of President
Trump and crush his supporters.
But you cant erase 75 million people without destroying America.
So, lets start with Ashli Babbitt, 35, fatally shot by law enforcement as
she tried to climb through a broken window in the Capitol building. She
was a military veteran and struggling small-business owner, a Trump
admirer who dutifully answered the presidents call to fly across the
country to support his doomed effort to overturn the election result.
Babbitt had served in the pointless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Like
many of her generation, she came of age in the patriotic aftermath of 9/11
and signed up with the Air Force straight out of high school.
Like many veterans, she was disillusioned on her return to a nation that
ignored their sacrifice and was busy shipping the jobs of the working
class off to China.
Trumps America First rhetoric and rejection of needless foreign wars won
her ardent support.
My sister was 35 and served 14 years. To me, thats the majority of your
conscious adult life, her brother Roger Witthoeft, 32, told the New York
Times. If you feel like you gave the majority of your life to your
country and youre not being listened to, that is a hard pill to swallow.
In the end, Babbitt succumbed to the madness of the crowd Wednesday and
lost her life as a result.
On the opposing side of the mob that invaded Capitol Hill was police
Officer Brian Sicknick, 42, also a military veteran. Like Babbitt, he was
a Trump supporter, and, like Babbitt, he had enlisted straight out of high
school. He served with the National Guard in Operation Desert Shield and
Operation Enduring Freedom and was upset about the lack of support for
Sicknick died in the hospital the day after the riot, from injuries
sustained while physically engaging with protesters, said the Capitol
Police. His death, like the apparent suicide Saturday of another officer
involved in the riot, shames armchair critics who have accused police of
not doing enough to hold back the mob.
Police that day were outnumbered and caught by surprise when people like
them, who they expected would respect the law military veterans, blue-
collar workers, firefighters, state legislators turned on them.
There is rich irony in post facto laments about insufficient policing from
Democrats who backed calls last year to defund the police, glorified
months of anti-cop protests, normalized violence and even named streets
after the instigators.
Biden played along with the anti-cop rhetoric last summer, with slippery
words about redirecting police funding as punishment for systemic
racism. He pretended Antifa was just an idea, rather than the
jackbooted thugs we saw rampaging through the streets.
But on Thursday, when the worm had finally turned, and it was Trump
supporters who were in the wrong, Biden transformed into a law-and-order
hawk, blasting them as thugs, white supremacists and domestic
Dont dare call them protesters, he said, declaring the priority for his
new attorney general would be domestic terrorism.
Biden thus set the stage for an authoritarian crackdown on the populist
nationalist movement that propelled Trump to power.
To drive home the point, he injected racial division into the powder keg.
No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter
protesting yesterday, they wouldnt have been treated very, very
differently, he said.
Thats just not true. On Wednesday, Capitol Police reacted with tear gas
and deadly force.
What marked last years riots was the supine police reaction. The NYPD
even kneeled in solidarity. On the few occasions Trump sent in federal
reinforcements to quell the mayhem, he was maligned as a fascist.
Everyone understands what happened at Capitol Hill last week was terrible,
but when you crack down on your ideological foes after condoning bad
behavior from your own side, you lose all credibility.
Now, instead of turning down the heat, Biden and his party are proceeding
with another spiteful impeachment and cheering on the social-media
companies that have canceled the presidents accounts.
We know its not just about punishing Trump, who will be gone before any
vote gets to the Senate.
They want to humiliate and demoralize his supporters, the half of the
country Biden dismissed during the campaign as chumps and ugly folk.
They want to crush the populist-nationalist movement, which they see as a
challenge to their power.
They want to ideologically cleanse the nation, as Rick Klein, the
political director at ABC News, put it in a tweet.
Getting rid of Trump is the easy part, he said. Cleansing the movement
he commands is going to be something else.
This is a recipe for disaster. It only accelerates the alienation that
delivered Trump to the White House in the first place.
Biden has an opportunity to live up to his campaign promise of unity and
stop the nation sliding into a cauldron of hatred.
He should stop the impeachment and ensure that the Capitol Hill rioters
receive punishment proportionate to that meted out to last years BLM-
After all, when you spent the summer cheering on the destruction of
statues, and the trashing of American history and social norms, you cant
pretend that the Capitol is some sacred institution exempt from the
vandalism you unleashed.
That kind of double standard only disenfranchises millions of Americans
and pushes some to a place where they feel they have nothing to lose.
One last kick out the door for the Trump family came from the upmarket
magazines, which never deigned to put the fashion-plate former-model first
lady on their covers.
Instead, theyve rushed to make Kamala Harris a cover girl before she even
But the gambit backfired on Vogue, with widespread condemnation of a
grungy cover shot of the vice president-elect in black jeans and Converse
Hardly a glamour shot in keeping with the aspirational nature of the
magazine. What may have started out as an insult to Melania Trump has done
no favors to Harris.
"LOCKDOWN", left-wing COVID fearmongering. 95% of COVID infections
recover with no after effects.
No collusion - Special Counsel Robert Swan Mueller III, March 2019.
Donald J. Trump, cheated out of a second term by fraudulent "mail-in"
ballots. Report voter fraud: ***@mail.house.gov
Thank you for cleaning up the disaster of the 2008-2017 Obama / Biden
fiasco, President Trump.
Under Barack Obama's leadership, the United States of America became the
The World According To Garp. Obama sold out heterosexuals for Hollywood
queer liberal democrat donors.
President Trump boosted the economy, reduced illegal invasions, appointed
dozens of judges and three SCOTUS justices.