On January 6, 2021, a mass of pro-Trump rioters stormed Congress claiming the presidential election had been stolen from them. The Stop the Steal protest began as a peaceful assembly but quickly turned chaotic after Donald Trump directed protesters to march on the capitol building. During the next several hours, many revelations would be made — most of them in glaring acts of hypocrisy.
The Free Thought Project has put together a list of these hypocritical acts because in failing to call them out, no lessons can be learned from the many mistakes made.
1. The police response to MAGA protesters versus police response to all other protesters.
As TFTP reported this week, the response from police not only standing down amid confrontations but actually removing barricades and showing their support, is in stark contrast to those protesting police brutality.
After George Floyd’s death in May, multiple protests took place in Washington D.C. The overwhelming majority of them were peaceful with the exception of late night riots that took place after police escalation and unlawful assemblies declared.
However, prior to the anti-police brutality protests even starting, swarms of riot police, secret police, national guard, and metro cops were dispatched to the capitol. Hundreds of cops lined the streets and beat down citizens, many of whom had done nothing by exercise their first amendment rights.
When Trump wanted to take a photo holding a bible, these heavily armed jackboots proceeded to open fire on peaceful protesters with pepper balls, tear gas grenades, and rubber bullets. In contrast, when hundreds of MAGA protesters tried to break through the barricades to get to Congress, police removed the barricades and took selfies with protesters.
In Standing Rock, when native Americans were taking a stand to protect their sacred land and protest for clean water, again they were met with rubber bullets, tear gas, and water cannons in below-freezing temperatures.
When US veterans attempted to peacefully protest the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in front of the US capitol, instead of being met with selfies and help, they were tackled to the ground and arrested.
When a disability rights organization, whose protest targeted a bill’s cuts to Medicaid for low-income Americans rolled into the capitol in their wheelchairs, Capitol police officers did not support them. Instead, they were dragged from their wheelchairs and faced mass arrests.
2. Had another group in another country stormed their capitol, Democrats and Republicans would have praised it as “Democracy.”
In other countries, when a president or leader disputes the results of an election and instructs their followers to march and take over the capitol, this is called a coup. In countries in which the US has special interests, however, it is called fomenting democracy.
Earlier this year, a similar situation unfolded in Belarus, as citizens began contesting the results of the presidential election. Belarus authorities say longtime President Alexander Lukashenko won 80.1% of the vote but some citizens disputed this and claim Svetlana Tikhanovskaya won the election.
We do not know who actually won the election, but we do know which person the US wanted in that spot and it was not Moscow-freindly Lukashenko. When citizens marched on the capitol in Belarus to dispute the election results, storming the building and attempting a coup — just like the MAGA crowd did on Wednesday — neocons and mainstream media praised their actions.
When police attempted to prevent the coup, the US government condemned their treatment — all the while ignoring the wholesale brutality being dished out here at home.
When John Bolton — warmonger and regime changer extraordinaire — talks about the “oppressed people” in some far off land, know that the interest in whatever land it is, is due to US imperialism and not humanitarianism, which is why Bolton and other neocons began pushing the same narrative.
“The crackdown following elections in Belarus is unacceptable. If true that opposition candidate Tikhanovskaya was forced to flee the country, Lukashenko should ask her to return & promise publicly that she will not face any reprisals or investigations,” Bolton tweeted in August.
He was echoed by Mike Pompeo, Trump, the geopolitical intelligence platform, Stratfor, the NY Times, FOX News, and many others.
When the MAGA folks do it here, however, it is denounced as terrorism. The hypocrisy has no come full circle and the version of “democracy” championed by the US overseas, has inevitably made its way home to roost.
3. Many MAGA folks praised the oppression of police brutality protesters over the summer only to find themselves on the receiving end of it.
Many on the right praised the violence used against peaceful protesters in the wake of the George Floyd protests. Despite over 95% of protests being entirely peaceful, we saw instances of elderly abuse by police, attacks on journalists, innocent children attacked, and thousands arrested.
Despite receiving some help from police on Wednesday, over the past couple of weeks, these thin blue line flag-waving pro-cop MAGA crowds have begun to realize that police are here to protect the establishment — not them.
One particularly tragic lesson was Ashli Babbitt. The 14-year veteran of the US Air Force, was tragically struck by a bullet after she entered the legislative complex with fellow rioters.
She was shot by a Capitol police officer, after “multiple individuals forced entry into the Capitol building, and attempted to gain access to the house and attempted to gain access to the house, room, which was still in session,” Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee said.
Babbitt’s special treatment by police on the way into the capitol undoubtedly gave her extra confidence. However, when it came down to police protecting the establishment, her special treatment ran out.
This should come as no surprise, however, given that the president championed by Babbitt, Donald Trump, famously advocated for the extrajudicial execution of people for doing exactly what Babbitt did. Remember, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
surprised that cops would shoot a woman for breaking into the capitol? I wonder where they would get that from?? pic.twitter.com/VvyyhksyLc
— Matt Agorist (@MattAgorist) January 6, 2021
4. “Build the wall! Build the wall!”
Building a “big, beautiful wall” between the US and Mexico was the signature promise of President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign. A concrete barrier, he said, would serve to stop what he described as a flow of illegal immigrants and drugs over the border.
This call to build the wall was championed by his supporters who claimed Trump’s wall would keep out the illegal aliens and “make America great.” Despite these claims of building a wall along the border’s entire 2,000 mile length, Trump has only actually succeeded in building about 15 miles of new wall and replacing about 300 miles of the old wall.
Regardless of Trump’s failed promises on the wall, on Wednesday, as MAGA supporters stormed the capitol, they proved the ineffective nature of such a wall as dozens of protesters scaled portions of the Capitol walls, including the use of ropes.
Advocating for building a wall to keep people out while at the same time proving the ineffective nature of said walls is indeed, hypocritical and actually quite hilarious.
Outside the Capitol, which is now on lockdown.
— Washingtonian (@washingtonian) January 6, 2021
5. Politicians decrying the storming of the capitol while carrying out war crimes in countries across the world.
After the “party of law and order” showed their willingness to be lawless, those encouraging them to be there in the first place — the dozens of Republican congresspersons, senators, and the president himself — quickly changed their attitudes and began issuing statements decrying the violence.
“I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!” Trump Tweeted out just before Babbitt was gunned down while storming the capitol.
But Trump has supported far worse acts in other countries, including providing support to Saudi Arabia to carry out genocide — of mostly children — in Yemen.
George W. Bush also decried “the violence” at the capitol, claiming it was “sickening and heartbreaking.” Again, these words are hollow given the myriad of war crimes he carried out while in charge of that capitol — up to and including dropping depleted uranium in Iraq and causing one of the worst health crises the world has ever seen.
Bush: Drops white phosphorus and depleted uranium on Iraq, causing birth defects and cancer rates in Fallujah and Basra worse than Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Also Bush: pLeAsE nO vIoLeNcE iN tHe CaPiToL. https://t.co/Ct9QheoVz2
— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) January 7, 2021
Hillary Clinton got in on the action too, comparing the protesters and rioters to “domestic terrorists.”
Today, domestic terrorists attacked a foundation of our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power following free elections.
We must reestablish the rule of law and hold them accountable.
Democracy is fragile. Our leaders must live up to their responsibility to protect it.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 6, 2021
However, it was Clinton who spear headed the initiative as Secretary of State under Obama to oust long-serving ruler Col. Moammar Gadhafi in October 2011. Since then, Libya has descended into a hell state in which slaves are now openly sold in the street.
Also, Bush, Clinton, and the like were all silent when Antifa was burning down Washington D.C. on Trump’s inauguration day, threatening his supporters, and destroying businesses. Hypocritical indeed.
The fact is that yesterday’s events exposed hypocrisy on a massive scale. Those too distracted by the two-party paradigm don’t realize that the police state they have been supporting can and will turn against them at any time.
What’s more, contesting which puppet occupies the White House, does not a revolution make. Election fraud is but a symptom of a system that has grown so massively corrupt that criminals will do anything to make sure they maintain their control of it. The “trust the plan” folks never realized this until it was too late.
Those who claim Biden will be a tyrant or Trump is a tyrant — while both correct — are ignoring the fact that the entire bureaucracy is tyranny and the old man who represents it is not as significant as people think.
“In a fully developed bureaucracy there is nobody left with whom one can argue, to whom one can present grievances, on whom the pressures of power can be exerted. Bureaucracy is the form of government in which everybody is deprived of political freedom, of the power to act; for the rule by Nobody is not no-rule, and where all are equally powerless, we have a tyranny without a tyrant.” ― Hannah Arendt, On Violence
No amount of violence or storming of the capitol will change this. Until people are willing to relinquish their dependency upon these corrupt systems run by special interests and criminals, none of this will ever change. The revolution will never be won with violence.