Do The Democrats Really Want Unity?

Below is my column in the Hill on the increasingly divisive rhetoric and actions taken on Capitol Hill. Rather than plot a course to between greater unity, many are seeking to muscle through extreme measures that will only further aggravate and deepen our divisions.  The media from the New York Times to the Los Angeles Times have run editorials encouraging aggressive moves to secure control of the Senate, including the ending of the filibuster. That move would make every vote a muscle play — producing sweeping changes in a country that is clearly divided and seeking political compromise.

Here is the column:

There are times when being a law professor ruins everything. You go to a great movie with your wife and get a sharp elbow after whispering in the theater that the character really cannot question a witness like that. Or you watch a football game with friends and try to explain that the cameraman wiped out by the running back would have a great torts case.

Inauguration are no different as when Chief Justice John Roberts flubbed the wording on the oath for President Barack Obama.  Then, this week, in the middle of one of the more beautiful inaugurations in history, I fixated on Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) announcing that she would be the first person to call Joe Biden “Mr. President.” She was wrong, factually and constitutionally. Biden had been sworn into office early, by about ten minutes to noon, and Chief Justice Roberts had just called him “Mr. President.” Yet the true president at that moment was in Florida: Donald Trump legally would remain in office for ten more minutes, under the 20th Amendment.

It will be a fun bit of trivia for constitutional law geeks, but it was also telling. Everyone in Washington, including many in Republican leadership, were a bit too eager to begin the Biden administration and to end Trump’s. However, it should be a cautionary tale, too. Democrats are moving aggressively to muscle through an ambitious agenda in Congress that may raise serious constitutional questions and cause even greater political divisions.

After noon, the real President Biden set to work on a host of executive orders. In the first two days, Biden signed almost three dozen new executive orders, ranging from stopping deportations of undocumented persons to extending a freeze on student loan payments, from mandating mask-wearing to guaranteeing access by transgender children to bathrooms and sports. Some of these executive orders, if implemented directly, could be challenged in court. However, Trump and other modern presidents have increasingly used such orders to set new priorities and policies.

What is happening on Capitol Hill is far more concerning. Democratic leaders are pushing Biden to act unilaterally, as did President Obama when faced with a divided Congress. Obama actually used his State of the Union address to declare his intent to circumvent the legislative branch after it refused to pass his legislation in areas such as the environment and immigration.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other Democrats have called on Biden to simply cancel student debt up to $50,000 per student, wiping out billions in debt and potential federal revenue. That is a major unilateral decision when the national debt is approaching $28 trillion — one done without debate or deliberation. (In fairness, students are being crushed by such debt during the pandemic and, more importantly, Congress previously gave broad authority to the Education secretary over debt management.)

Other calls for sweeping new decisions, from immigration to wealth distribution, are more concerning. Democrats insist they won both houses and the White House and, as President Obama once said, “elections have consequences.” However, this election was not an overwhelming victory or endorsement. Rather, it shows a country divided virtually down the middle. While voters clearly rejected Trump and his controversial leadership, they voted widely for Republicans down the ticket. The House saw a significant loss of Democratic seats and has one of the slimmest majorities in modern history. The Senate is divided literally in half, and a majority is only possible with Vice President Harris voting to break ties on the floor.

Clearly, voters did not support the agenda of the far left, and many seem to have preferred divided government. Yet, many on the left do not want to wait for a broader mandate to implement sweeping changes. They are pushing for the District of Columbia to be made a state, likely adding a two-vote majority for Democrats in the Senate. At the same time, there is a push to end the filibuster. Many Democrats are calling for Schumer to end that long-standing protection of minority rights in the Senate. Schumer has refused to guarantee that he will protect the filibuster tradition, even though he demanded that it be preserved during years of Republican Senate control.

In both chambers, Democrats are calling for the possible expulsion of fellow members who voted to challenge electoral votes before the Jan. 6 riot in the Capitol. I opposed that electoral-vote challenge — but it was not “sedition” or “insurrection” to vote for it. Federal law expressly allows for such challenges, and Democrats have mounted challenges in past elections. These calls demonstrate a crisis of leadership in a country that remains a political powder keg. We have seen extreme violence on both the left and the right for four years, from Portland to Washington itself. The Inauguration occurred surrounded by 25,000 national guard troops, due to the Jan. 6 riot by the extreme right, and it was followed by rioting in various cities by the extreme left.  Riots have continued this week in various states.

Yet despite an election that clearly favored compromise and divided power, leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and others are fueling divisions. Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) and others have accused colleagues of possibly giving tours to “insurrectionists” before the riot to provide (in Sherrill’s words) “reconnaissance for the next day.” (The group Sherrill saw reportedly was a representative’s own family.) When confronted with such scurrilous accusations, Pelosi insisted that Republicans were known to have given “aid and comfort” to those seeking to destroy the country. Those words are derived from the Constitution’s provision on treason. Such reckless rhetoric and actions show that leaders in Congress are seeking to capitalize on our divisions, not to heal them.

The greater concern, though, is the total silence of Biden, who has spoken of healing the nation but done little to seek unity. He could, for instance, declare support for the filibuster, which he staunchly defended as a senator — but he hasn’t. That would take real leadership, to support a rule that makes things more difficult for you but could force real compromise and national healing. Many were eager — a tad too eager — to declare Biden president on Inauguration Day. Now he needs to show there was good reason for their hope. To show that he is not just another politician but a president who sees our divisions as a threat to our entire nation. He needs to lead.

Jonathan Turley is the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University. You can find his updates online @JonathanTurley.

 

277 thoughts on “Do The Democrats Really Want Unity?”

  1. Democrats slandering their colleagues of serious crimes, without any evidence at all, should be censured. Pelosi and Schumer should be taken out to pasture. Biden has dementia and is unable to control anyone, let alone provide the leadership that Turley is begging for.

  2. There are no signs of Biden possessing any talent to lead or inspire: Sorry but he doesn’t make the cut. He squandered the
    one golden opportunity at hand to set a conciliatory tone: at that inauguration. But right of the bat he injected the narrative
    Democrats have insidiously used for years precisely to divide our nation and demonize millions upon millions who don’t tow
    their radical dogmas. He could have shown equanimity by denounced those involved in the incidents of Jan 6
    as well as the violent mobs, i.e. the urban guerrillas of anarchists, BLMs, Antifas, Fascists and Communists who
    for months on end have been terrorizing, attacking, destroying American cities all over USA and cost the lives
    of many innocents. He’s been witnessing the chaos, the civil unrest, all designed to undermine President Trump, to challenge law and
    order, to destroy this Nation while keeping complicit silence. No: he doesn’t see nor understands the gravity of what he and
    his own are unleashing. Dios nos coja confesáos!

  3. Thank GOD almighty for Professor Johnathan Turley. Yes, please, keep the filibuster!

    As a result of years of runaway immigration and globalization, radicals may soon dominate the Democrat base and already appear to dominate the Democrat Party in Congress.

    If the Democrats kill the filibuster, President Biden will have a dilemma: divide the Democrat Party by vetoing the radicals or divide the nation by signing on with the radicals. The filibuster gives the Democrats an excuse for not letting the radicals damage the Party or the Union.

    Making radical changes to a badly-divided nation on razor-thin majorities could wreck the Union. Maybe the radicals would prefer secession to compromise. They sure act like it.

  4. No they do not. The Jacobins are poised to assume power. All they have to do is apply the 25th Amendment

  5. Unity starts with the Republicans admitting openly that Biden won the the 2020 election and their fraud clams were false. They can not expect the Ds to work with them at all until they stop the Big Lie.

    1. @mollyg

      I will admit that Biden won the 2020 election if you will admit that Trump won in 2016 and there was no evidence of Russian collusion. Won’t hold my breath for that one.

      antonio

        1. I find the bipartisan 2020 Senate Intelligence Committee report provides a good assessment about what did happen between Trump and Russia.

          Thanks for recycling Gainesville’s nonsense meme. Always an education.

      1. Antonio, no one claimed Trump didn’t win in 2016, even though he lost the popular vote by 3 million, and your 2nd part would be a lie. Here’s the Report bu the GOP majority Senate Intel Comm released in August:

        https://www.intelligence.senate.gov/sites/default/files/documents/report_volume5.pdf

        “(U) The Committee found that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian
        effort to hack computer networks and accounts affiliated with the Democratic Party and leak
        information damaging to Hillary Clinton and her campaign for president. Moscow’s intent was
        to harm the Clinton Campaign, tarnish an expected Clinton presidential administration, help the
        Trump Campaign after Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee, and undermine the
        U.S. democratic process.
        -WikiLeaks actively sought, and played, a key role in the Russian
        influen~ery likely knew it was assistin a Russian intelli ence influence
        effort. The Committee found si nificant indications tha
        At the time of the
        first WikiLeaks releases, the U.S. Government had not yet declared WikiLeaks a hostile
        organization and many treated itas a journalistic entity.
        (U) While the GRU and WikiLeaks were releasing hacked documents, the Trump
        Campaign sought to maximize the impact of those leaks to aid Trump’s electoral
        prospects. Staff on the Trump Campaign sought advance notice about WikiLeaks releases,
        created messaging strategies to promote and share the materials in anticipation of and following
        thdr release, and encouraged further leaks. The Trump Campaign publicly undermined the
        attribution of the hack-and-leak campaign to Russia and was indifferent to whether it and
        WikiLeaks were furthering a Russian election interference effort. The Committee found no
        evidence that Campaign officials received an authoritative government notification that the hack
        was perpetrated by the Russian government before October 7, 2016, when the ODNI and DHS
        issued a joint statement to that effect. However, the Campaign was aware of the extensive media
        reporting and other private sector attribution of the hack to Russian actors prior to that point.
        (U) Trump and senior Campaign offici.als sought to obtain advance information about
        WikiLeaks’s planned releases through Roger Stone. At their direction, Stone took action to gain
        inside knowledge for the Campaign and shared his purported knowledge directly with Trump
        and senior Campaign offictals on multiple occasions. Trump and the Campaign believed that
        Stone had inside information and expressed satisfaction that Stone’s information suggested more
        releases would be forthcoming. The Committee could not reliably determine the extent.of
        authentic, non-public knowledge about WikiLeaks that Stone obtained and shared with the
        Campaign.

    2. In Wisconsin tens of thousands of ballots weren’t filled in correctly and counted while in previous years they were thrown out.

      Is that what you want Republicans to say was false?

      1. False claim on Wisconsin ballots:

        “His team on Friday sought to have ballots discarded where election clerks filled in missing address information on the certification envelope where the ballot is inserted; any absentee ballot where a voter declared themselves to be “indefinitely confined” under the law; and any absentee ballot where there was not a written application on file, including roughly 69,000 that were cast in-person during the two weeks before Election Day.

        Trump attorney Christ Troupis argued that certification envelopes filled out by people who voted absentee in-person do not count under the law as a written application, even though the envelope is identified as such. The board of canvassers, controlled 2-1 by Democrats, voted unanimously to reject the complaint….

        Trump’s attorney also claimed that the law does not allow clerks to fill in missing information on the envelope that goes with absentee ballots. The state elections commission told clerks before the election that they can fill in missing information on the absentee ballot envelopes, a practice that has been in place for at least the past 11 elections.

        The canvassing board voted unanimously to count those ballots.

        Troupis also argued that people claimed to be indefinitely confined even though they were not. Such a declaration exempts the voter from having to show a photo ID to cast their ballot, which Troupis called “an open invitation for fraud and abuse.” The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court this spring ruled that it is up to individual voters to determine whether they are indefinitely confined, in line with guidance from the bipartisan Wisconsin Elections Commission….”

        https://apnews.com/article/election-2020-joe-biden-donald-trump-madison-wisconsin-852ac9f03fcbb8a0b407f66b055c9171

        1. Boards, the press, opinion, and officials do not have a right to independently change the law. You can explain whatever you wish and you can copy whatever release you think favors you but once the law is violated, which it was, you have lost the high ground.

          That is the problem for conservatives. The left is willing to riot, scream and break the law while the right sits around trying to be polite. That is how Lenin and then Stalin, Hitler, Mao all came to power.

          You fit the left perfectly. You have no conscience and you do not believe in the rule of law.

        1. Who is to decide what is a minor error?

          The rule of law dictates how voting proceeds. the laws were broken in a number of states outside of the usual fraud. You have agreement from Joe F. below but he doesn’t believe in the rule of law and I am coming to believe that you don’t either.

          All the illegal changes that were desired should have been taken to the legislature and made legal if that is what was desired. There is no reason to believe a ballot is valid when the appropriate steps haven’t been taken. You say you are not protecting people from being disenfranchised. That is not true. You are causing people that followed the law to be disenfranchised. Do not flatter yourself that your support of unlawful action is enfranchising legal voters. It isn’t.

          The rule of law has been severely violated. It is very small steps that lead from a lawful nation to an unlawful one run by a dictator. Your children and your grandchildren will be the ones to suffer. You are lucky. You never had to face the type of government that removes your rights and treats you as chattel. Others have and perhaps they can feel the pain your children and grandchildren will feel in the future.

    3. +10 Molly.

      As to the filibuster, starting with the GOP losing the Senate in 2006, and followed by Obama, they used the filibuster at a speed exponentially greater than ta any time in our history. This didn’t encourage compromise, it encouraged grid-lock and stealing SC seats. It used to be a filibuster meant 5 guys taking turns reading the phone book, now it’s 1 Republican placing a hold from his cell phone. The hell with that. Americans are largely unhappy because nothing gets done and the dysfunctional Senate is largely why. Keep your read-the-phone-book filibuster – the idea is debate is never forcefully ended in the Senate – but stuff the BS filibuster otherwise know as the gridlock rule.

    4. MillyG, exactly. The party of personal responsibility needs to first exercise its most cherished value first before any talk of unity is seriously considered.

      I find it laughable that republicans suddenly need things to run fairly and by the rules when they supported the exact opposite from trump.

      Turley’s “concerns” are nothing more than recognizing democrats now have the ability to do what republicans did for four years. Run roughshod over Democrat’s concerns. Mitch McConnell parking bills on his desk, and blocking any meaningful legislation. Getting rid of the filibuster is long overdue and it should be the catalyst for republicans to actually consider real compromises and discussion on issues. Filibusters will just stall and obfuscate legislation so it makes Biden look like he can’t get anything done.

      It’s hilarious how many conservatives party supporters are now calling for bipartisanship and unity AFTER their party’s leader trump incited an insurrection. They are just as guilty of it by being complicit. They just want to sweep that uncomfortable fact under the rug as quickly as possible.

  6. To ask the question is to answer it.

    Does any honest person reading this really believe that the left does not want total and permanent control of the government? Why else would they push amnesty for 12 – 20 million illegal aliens (no one knows how many there really are) who will vote for you 2 – 1 when they are able to do so? Why else would they support speech codes and censorship which will eventually lead to European style hate speech laws? Why else would they support de-platforming of dissidents? Why else would they support the rioting by BLM and the Brave Masked Wonderful Warriors of Antifa (TM)? On a side note, those “mostly peaceful protests” resulted in 2 billion dollars in insurance claims. Imagine if they were not “mostly peaceful”.

    To ask the question is to answer it.

    The one silver lining resulting from the events of January 6th is that “normie” Trump supporters now realize that leftists hate them too and see them as being “nazis”. Why would those fighting “facists” want unity and that is how they see the 74 million who voted for Trump.

    The most humane solution for all would be a peaceful separation.

    I WANT A DIVORCE. And this would have already occurred if the United States were a couple.

    antonio

    1. Actually, a legitimately grown up couple would work it out, one way or another. Legitimate adulthood is a large part of what is absent in 21st century society. That is something human and generational, and nigh impossible to legislate. A divorce is meaningless if the other person continues to stalk and/or harass you.

      1. @James

        True enough. One party sought an amicable breakup in 1861 but her abusive mate wouldn’t allow it and kept the relationship together by force. Countries break up all the time. Why do we think we are immune from the laws of nature or historical precedent? It will eventually happen here and I look forward to it.

        antonio

        1. Hmmm! NYS is a microcosm of this mess. We have two senators in NYS who are totally beholden to their political party and are not interested in listening to all of their constituents.

    2. Reimburse Democrats for 100 stolen federal judgeships and a U.S. Supreme Court pick. Mitch McConnell did this so he can make it right.

  7. I really admire Professor Turley’s objectivity, and am grateful we have him. That said, come on. I don’t think anything ethical or fair was ever an intention on the part of the Democratic party – you’ll be holding your breath a long time waiting for that ‘unity’. That their malice is being promulgated by a minority of elites is unacceptable and mirrors the reason The United States was founded in the first place. Too bad most of those being ruled have forgotten what that was.

    1. My feeling exactly. He has yet to be told what to say. Susan Rice and the rest of the bunch will likely respond when the time is “right,” no pun intended!

  8. Dems control by coercion and boisterous contempt hurled at opinions other than their own. Some could say that this overtly hostile approach and political divide became more apparent during the Bork hearings for the Supreme Court, which was led by none other than Joe Biden. The path to unity has the wrong guide.

  9. If Republicans want to be more united, they should reimburse the Democrats for the nearly 100 federal judgeships that were denied to Obama plus 1 U.S. Supreme Court pick. Democrats can’t unite with the opposing party not paying it’s debts. Republicans don’t want to unite with Democrats.

      1. I only want unity among the workers and middle class. The billionaire class is the target. We know that any given Congress is about 75% or more filled with absolute tools of global capital and finance.

        The politicians of either party who learn to act in the interests of the workers and middle class will make the cut. The others will not. That’s where this is heading. Ray Dalio warned you. His billionaire brain understands.

        Sal Sar

        1. Says the guy who’s hero was the claimed billionaire Trump and who’s biggest legislative “achievement” was another GOP tax cut for the wealthy. his next greatestm except it failed, was taking away health coverage from workers, and who opposed minimum wage increases, and unions. “Sal Sar” is just Kurtz pretending to GAS about working people.

          1. You continue to fail to understand how globalists and billionaires manipulate the American political system, and how Trump was indeed a maverick deviating from their plans, in spite of his failures and limitations. I’ve tired of explaining it to you, you are dense.

            But Trump is gone, so that little matters now. By looking forward, you could yet still learn more about our situation, and make yourselves useful. Useful to the working and middle class which needs unity and support among itself. Or, you can continue to be a cheerleader for the Clinton-Pelosi leadership cabal of the Democrat party, which has been vacuuming up the billionaire donations for a long time.

            Sadly, you identify with these plutocrats, even though you yourself, have been a lifelong part of the working and middle class which is ever more betrayed by them. Sadly, you don’t get any crumbs from the head table, and yet here you are still fawning over them

            Here’s a roundup of info about who you are laboring to support with your slavish loyalty Joe

            98% of Silicon valley donations went to …. who? Take a wild guess

            now wonder they censor the hell out of their rivals!

            https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/02/tech-billionaire-2020-election-donations-final-tally.html

            Sal Sar

    1. they should reimburse the Democrats for the nearly 100 federal judgeships that were denied to Obama plus 1 U.S. Supreme Court pick.

      The Republicans were not under any obligation to approve Obama’s court picks. Grow up.

      1. The Senate is under a constitutional duty to advise and consent on the President’s nominees to the SC. They purposefully ignored that duty in 2016 and stole a seat from a twice elected President and gave it to creep who was never elected by American voters.

        This guy Art is dumber than a f…..g rock.

        1. “”This guy Art is dumber than a f…..g rock.”

          Most people have read what Art has to say and can compare it to Joe whose great contribution to the blog is a four letter word.

            1. They are all part of your favorite four letter word. As you have become more “educated” you have added additional letters to your four letter word. That is an advancement for you but not a positive one.

  10. Biden / Harris seek power regardless if at the expense of the blood of millions of Americans. Period

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/01/flashback-2020-six-months-of-antifa-blm-looting-rioting-and-chaos/

    Flashback 2020: Six Months of Antifa/BLM Looting, Rioting, and Chaos

    If there is any “two systems of justice” situation here, it’s that there are one set of rules for right-wing rioters and none for left-wing rioters who terrorized entire communities for months on end in 2020.

    On Thursday, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris used their platforms as the next POTUS and VPOTUS of the United States to gaslight the American people with their dishonest comparison of Wednesday’s Capitol Hill riots to the Antifa/Black Lives Matter looting and riots that happened in Democrat-run cities for over six months in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.

    Biden threw gasoline on the fire by proclaiming that “No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated very, very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol.”

    Harris did her part in lighting a match as well, declaring that “We witnessed two systems of justice when we saw one that let extremists storm the United States Capitol, and another that released tear gas on peaceful protesters last summer.”

    In reality, in most instances the radicals in BLM and Antifa were allowed to get away with their heinous actions last year, even being treated as heroes by the mainstream press and Democrats – some of whom, like Harris and the Biden campaign, promoted their bail funds.

    If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota.

    — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 1, 2020

    This is a cautionary tale about what happens when you normalise political violence. Don’t stoke the flames of political polarisation, back terrorist paramilitaries like Antifa, etc., & then act shocked when rule of law starts disintegrating. Just awful.

    — Ben Scallan 🇮🇪 (@Ben_Scallan) January 7, 2021

    On the other hand, the violent Capitol Hill rioters from Wednesday who took things way too far will have the book thrown at them, and deservedly so.

    Do you see anyone you recognize? The #FBI is still seeking information to help identify individuals who actively instigated violence on January 6 in Washington, D.C.

    — FBI (@FBI) January 8, 2021

    Here’s a look back through the Legal Insurrection archives at the protest violence and other dangerous activities that occurred during an over six-month period of time here in America in 2020 courtesy of the left-wing extremists in Antifa and BLM:

    MAY
    –MSNBC Reporter Describes Minneapolis “Protest” as “Not, Generally Speaking, Unruly” as He Stands in Front of Burning Building

    JUNE
    –Mob Throws Statue of Hans Christian Heg, Abolitionist, Into Lake Monona
    –It’s Going Down: Seattle Surrenders a Police Station and Four City Blocks to Antifa
    –America Under Attack: Riots and Looting Nationwide

    JULY
    –Portland Rioters Set Fire to Bloody Pig’s Head With Cop’s Hat on U.S. Flag
    –Man Violently Attacked in Portland: “I was stabbed for being a conservative journalist”
    –Media, Portland Mayor Mischaracterize Assault on Federal Courthouse as “Protests”

    AUGUST
    –Sen. Rand Paul and others attacked by DC mobs after leaving Trump speech
    –Kenosha, WI Under Siege By Antifa/BLM Rioters
    –Riot First, Asks Questions Later: Minneapolis Looting Sparked By False Report Of Police Shooting
    –DC BLM Mob Harasses White Diners, Demanding They Raise Fists In Solidarity
    –Portland Rioters Wheel Guillotine Through Suburbs, Execute American Flag
    –Report: Seattle Rioters Tried to Burn Police Officers Alive By Sealing Precinct Door Shut
    –Portland: BLM Mob Causes Man to Crash, Beats Him Unconscious
    –‘Peaceful Protesters’ in Portland Set Fire to County Government Building
    –Chicago Looters Attack Ronald McDonald House
    –Over 100 People Arrested in Chicago Overnight Amid Rampant Rioting and Looting

    SEPTEMBER
    –Louisville, Other Cities Struck by Violence, Riots for Second Night After Breonna Taylor Decision
    –BLM Protesters Target Georgetown CVS Because Employees Called Police on Shoplifters
    –Two Los Angeles County Deputies Shot; BLM Chants “We Hope They Die” Outside Hospital
    –Black Lives Matter Rioters Ransack Rochester, NY
    –‘Peaceful Protests’ Push St. Louis, Portland Mayors Out of Their Homes

    OCTOBER
    –National Guard Deployed to Philadelphia After Violence, Looting Explodes for the Second Night
    –Pro-Trump Rally Attacked In Liberal Ithaca (NY)
    –BLM Rioters Damage Homes, Stores in Wisconsin After DA Won’t Charge Cop in Fatal Shooting

    NOVEMBER

    Some on the left and a few on the right have suggested that comparing the Antifa/BLM riots to the Capitol Hill riots in terms of how the media and Democrats viewed them is unhelpful “whataboutism,” but it’s not, for reasons explained below:

    The Capitol riot was VERY BAD, and everyone condemns it. But, dismissing 2020’s riots as “just burning small businesses” and “totally different” is dishonest. Rioters burned down an active precinct with cops initially in it, set up a literal city-state, and killed 34 people.

    — Wilfred Reilly (@wil_da_beast630) January 8, 2021

    (2) Attacks on targets nearly as symbolic as the Capitol, with FAR more damage done, were common. In addition to CHAZ (!) and the 3rd Precinct, rioters attacked the Portland federal courthouse with mortars for 100 days, and looted the Mag Mile. Mob rule IS bad, or it isn’t.

    — Wilfred Reilly (@wil_da_beast630) January 8, 2021

    They burned down the Capital Church.

    — DistractedShieldmaiden (@DShieldmaiden) January 9, 2021

    “BLM protestors would’ve been treated differently”

    Correct:

    They’d be celebrated by the press and lionized by politicians.

    — Clifton Duncan: Cynic. (@cliftonaduncan) January 8, 2021

    It is not “whataboutism” to point out that today would not have happened had the rioting in the summer not been defended and normalized. To pretend that this happened in a vacuum is insane. BLM took over a police station and burned it to the ground. And the media defended it.

    — Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) January 7, 2021

    If there is any “two systems of justice” situation here, it’s unquestionably that there are one set of rules for right-wing rioters and none for BLM and Antifa rioters who terrorized entire communities for months on end, took over entire city blocks and police precincts, and threw incendiary devices at federal courthouses while Democrats and the media enthusiastically egged them on and gaslit the country on a regular basis as the fires raged.

    Here are CNN and MSNBC hosts and guests defending violent protesters this summer. The same condemnation should occur for all violent protesters regardless of their politics. But that doesn’t happen in today’s media:

    — Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 8, 2021

    When Antifa terrorists were attacking cops, looting businesses, and burning down American cities, CNN’s @melissakchan called them “peaceful protesters” and “a few bad apples,” and accused “outside actors” of staging “chaos footage.”

    — Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 7, 2021

    When the left rioted in DC, burning and looting the nation’s capital, and injuring Secret Service agents, they were rewarded with getting “Black Lives Matter” written on the street and having a plaza named in their honor.

    — Dan Gainor, I’m Spartacus (@dangainor) January 6, 2021

    Democrats and the media coddled Antifa/BLM rioters at a time when stepping up and speaking out strongly against them might have made a difference. Republicans not only repeatedly condemned last year’s looting and riots, but did the same with the Capitol Hill violence that happened earlier this week.

    That’s something to remember the next time anyone on the left or in the media tries to pretend they have any moral high ground here. They most certainly do not.

  11. The greater concern, though, is the total silence of Biden, who has spoken of healing the nation but done little to seek unity.

    You fancy he’s capable of anything but daily living, memorizing remarks drafted by his staff, and signing stuff they put in front of him?

    1. No – he’s not. I think that he was reading from notecards when he was pictured at his desk and mumbling about the content of the executive orders.

  12. ‘Unity’ is a silly thing to seek. Courtesy and forbearance you seek. That requires rules and customs and a certain honor culture. The Democratic Party is chock-a-bloc with people who have no time for any of this. Robert Bork offered the opinion that the culture of the Democratic Party reached an inflection point around 1981 that made courtesy and forbearance difficult. It’s been a stepwise decline ever since.

    Note, pretty much everything the Democratic Party wants is an assault against the interests of some party, often motivated by nothing other than malignant cultural aggression. You have a few wonks like Harold Pollack who promoted disinterested (though never disputable) policy, but they’re severely atypical and you have to scrounge to find anyone in Congress with an affinity for that. The media of course, are ambulatory filth.

  13. Democrats definition of Unity=Obey the Collective and we will unify. The democrats wasting their time on an impeachment of private citizen Trump (how does that work in the framing of the constitution, Professor?) is to show the rest of us commoners the infinite reach of the collective.

  14. Democrats are supposed to bow and kiss the feet of the Party that supports insurrection, a violent attack on the capital, For Republicans unity means never having to compromise on anything. To Republicans compromise means do what I want or I will block every action you wish to take. Republicans always want unity and compromise after they have lost. But this time is different. This time their call for unity and let’s move forward is about avoiding responsibility for wha they have done. Neither a human nor a country can heal until the wound is cleaned. There must be consequences for Trump and those who incited insurrection.

    1. There must be consequences for Trump and those who incited insurrection.

      You’re adept at reminding people of the truth of Kurt Schlicter’s dictum: “Every tool in their rhetorical box is a lie”.

  15. “Do Democrats really want…”
    All Dems do not think alike. They don’t have unity within their own party.
    Biden is the best person to be President now. He will unite the Dem party and cut across the divide and deal with the repub cons.

  16. The conclusion is correct but the reality is liberals in the democrat party want none of it. The current greed for government power and the dismissal of constitutional freedoms is now the biggest threat the nation faces.

    1. If it weren’t so duplicitous it would be funny. Republicans don’t want unity they want capitulation. The Republican idea of unity is for Democrats to agree to virtually over turn the election by doing everything the Republicans want. When a reporter asked why if the Democrats wanted unity they weren’t prioritizing Republican issues, I thought the response was spot on! l I think it went something like this: isn’t ending Covid a Republican issue? Isn’t opening the schools safely a Republican issue? Of course the answer is no. The Republican issue is getting the Democrats to do what the Republicans want even though the voters have said something completely different. Republicans want the power to do what they want when they want no matter what it does to our country and it’s institutions.

      1. ” The Republican issue is getting the Democrats to do what the Republicans want”

        Tell us, what are the most important policies you want?

        For example:

        Employment vs unemployment?
        Higher standard of living or lower standard of living?
        New wars or get out of old wars?

        Let’s hear more than the generalizations pumped into the rhetoric. Let’s hear policy.

    2. “ The conclusion is correct but the reality is liberals in the democrat party want none of it. The current greed for government power and the dismissal of constitutional freedoms is now the biggest threat the nation faces.”

      Preach!

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