“Violence never wins,” said Mike Pence to much applause, when he reconvened the session. If he believes that, he has been asleep since May. Riots in the name of Black Lives Matter were so serious they led to curfews in 200 cities and prompted 31 states to call out the National Guard. And they were the most politically successful civil violence in American history.I am listening to Trump's speech, and looking for the part where he supposedly incited an insurrection. The closest I can find is where he says that the election was stolen, and "So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue."
Corporations have pledged billions for black uplift. Over 100 Confederate monuments, 36 statues of Columbus, and scores of other monuments — to Kit Carson, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, George Washington — have come down to appease “persons of color.” “Anti-racism” gurus are making millions, and you can be fired for saying “all lives matter.” Every company now must have a Chief Diversity Officer, and every school from kindergarten on up seems to want an “anti-racism curriculum.” None of this would have happened without riots. ...
In 2016, Vox published an article with the following headline and subhead: “Riots are destructive, dangerous, and scary — but can lead to serious social reforms. To prevent more violent uprisings and protests, we need to take their causes seriously.” Yesterday, Vox wrote that “officials should make all efforts possible to arrest and prosecute every single person involved” in the Capitol takeover. Their cause doesn’t matter. This is the environment in which we work.
Taylor does not agree with the riots, and neither do I. But at least the Trump supporters did not hurt anyone or do any significant damage.
“We wanted to show these politicians that it’s us who’s in charge, not them,” said a construction worker from Indianapolis, who is 40 and identified himself only as Aaron. He declined to give his last name, saying, “I’m not that dumb.” ...This is supposed to be a description of criminal activity, but is it? Asking for, and getting, police directions to Schumer's office? Smoking cigarettes? Not flushing the toilet?
But they could not find Mr. Schumer’s office. He said they asked a Capitol Police officer, who tried to direct them. But they appeared to have gotten nowhere near the minority’s leader’s office. They ended up smoking a few cigarettes inside the building — “We can smoke in our house,” Aaron said — and one of his friends, who would not give his name, joked that he had gone to the bathroom and not flushed.
BLM rioters would have burned the building down.
Update: NY Times says a Republican congressman is being canceled:
Simon & Schuster said on Thursday that it would cancel the publication of an upcoming book by Senator Josh Hawley, one of several members of Congress who tried to overturn the results of the presidential election.So a leading congressman writes a book on censorship, and it is censored.
Mr. Hawley, a Missouri Republican and Trump ally, has been criticized for challenging the results and accused of helping incite the mob that stormed the Capitol on Wednesday. His book, “The Tyranny of Big Tech,” was scheduled to be published in June. ...
The subject of Mr. Hawley’s book, which was already available for preorder on Amazon and other retailers, is not about the election or Mr. Trump, but about technology corporations like Google, Facebook and Amazon.