Violent extremists who charged the Capitol on Jan. 6, Trump described as “very special” patriots “who have been badly and unfairly treated for so long.” Capitol police officers were seen taking selfies with rioters.
Following law enforcement’s inaction and lack of resistance toward these aggressive rioters, many politicians, journalists, public figures, and Twitter users denounced the striking double standard.
More than 93 percent of protests that took place in the wake of Floyd’s death, between May 26 and Aug. 22, were peaceful. Trump and many Republican leaders described these demonstrators as “thugs,” “criminals and vandals,” and “anarchists.” Trump’s response was, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” These reactions were not only factually incorrect, they were simply racist.
Stop the steal are not protesters. The criminal acts they’ve committed make them domestic terrorists, and they should be treated as such.