Dems deserve credit for not letting Jan. riot go to waste

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (

Capitol breach 3 (Jan 2021)If the American public needs further evidence Democrats will keep milking the Jan. 6 riot for their own benefit, a lawmaker’s push for a permanent memorial might be all the proof they need.

Rep. Jason Crow, a Democrat who represents Colorado’s 6th District, has introduced the Capitol Remembrance Act that directs the Architect of the Capitol to install an educational exhibit that, in the congressman’s words, reminds future generations “that our democracy is only as strong as our willingness to uphold it.”

According to the bill, a future exhibit would include taxpayer-owned property that was damaged during the attack and a painting depicting the attack, and a plaque that honors law enforcement agencies that protected the U.S. Capitol from the law-breaking rioters. 

Republican lawmakers quickly joined Democrats in condemning the Jan. 6 attacks in which hundreds of protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol grounds to protest the election results while Congress was vigorously debating Electoral College votes to certify the election.  

Capitol breach fighting copsSoon after that day, however, Republicans witnessed Democrats blame then-President Donald Trump for his “Stop the Steal” rally where many of the rioters marched from before surrounding the Capitol building.

Some Republicans on Capitol Hill expressed anger over the violent riots and also over Trump's delayed condemnation of them, and some of them joined Democrats in impeaching Trump for what was called an attempted “insurrection” or an “attempted coup” against the United States.

Reacting to the push for a memorial, talk show host Janet Mefferd says breeching the Capitol was shameful and illegal but it is hardly the bloodbath Democrats are still making it out to be.

“They're going to leave in place this fake narrative,” she says, “that somehow there was the worst uprising since the Civil War that occurred on January 6th.”

Republicans also witnessed their Democrat colleagues blame Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Josh Hawley for the riots, and attempt to impeach or censure them both, because both lawmakers objected to Pennsylvania’s electoral votes.

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri)All totaled, Democrats publicly blamed six GOP senators for objecting to the election results and therefore, according to the Democrats’ reasoning, contributing to the Capitol Hill attack.

Democrats now refer to claims of a stolen election as "The Big Lie," and American voters are hard-pressed to find a Republican lawmaker who still claims, at least publicly, that Joe Biden did not win 81 million votes.  

Also since the day, both Republicans and Democrats have learned the only person who was killed that day, Ashli Babbitt, lost her life after a police officer shot her. Babbitt was breaching a barricaded doorway, with nothing in her hands, when an unnamed police officer shot her in the neck.

According to Rep. Crow, a future Capitol Hill exhibit would serve as a memorial “to the heroic law enforcement officers who lost their lives” at the riot.

National Guard in D.C.That is likely a reference to Brian Sicknick, the military veteran and U.S. Capitol Police officer who fought rioters at a barricade near the Capitol building and collapsed hours later. His death one day after the riot was predictably blamed on his attackers, who reportedly hit him over the head with a fire extinguisher, a claim that turned out to be untrue.

Video footage shows the police officer was sprayed with a can of pepper spray or bear spray, and two men have been charged with assaulting him, but they are not being charged with murder after a coroner’s report said he suffered a stroke. The cause of death is listed as “natural causes.”

Despite the coroner’s report, Rep. Crow told MSNBC that Sicknick was “murdered” by his attackers.

Capitol breach pic pointing gunsNow, four months after the riot, Republicans have also witnessed thousands of national guard soldiers flood Washington, D.C. and resurrect barriers to supposedly protect lawmakers from a right-wing mob attack that never happened.

More recently, federal prosecutors who are charging rioters with assault and conspiracy are backtracking from claims that rioters planned to kill lawmakers, for example, and charges they used encrypted communications to plan an attack. 

Initial reports that federal charges for sedition, which carries a 20-year sentence, were forthcoming for some rioters have now fallen apart, too. 

According to Mefferd, the hours-long riot pales in comparison to the hundreds of riots across the country that have claimed lives and cost tens of millions of dollars in damage.

“If they're going to go after the January 6th Capitol breachers,” she tells One News Now, “then they sure better put some sort of plaque in place in Portland to mark the fact that Antifa has been committing insurrection for months.”


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