Cuomo and Lemon vehemently argue violent summer riots should not be compared to Capitol breach

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CNN hosts Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon both asserted Tuesday that perpetual rioting last year organized by Black Lives Matter supporters was justified while the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building last week involving mostly supporters of President Donald Trump, was not.

In a final segment in which he was interviewing Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli, Cuomo claimed that “what happened last week” was unprecedented, and that it was egged on by the president’s “mouth.”

“Nobody has ever done anything like what we saw last week,” Cuomo said, “and it happened for a reason, and the reason is his mouth.”

Cuccinelli pushed back somewhat, as he had several times earlier in the segment, that the same kind of riotous violence took place most of last year.

“No, no, no, they most certainly have, they just haven’t done it at the Capitol. They’ve been doing it all over the country for seven months,” Cuccinelli said.

“But that matters, that matters,” Cuomo interjected. “Overturning the election is different than being pissed off about getting shot by cops.”

As Cuomo then transitioned into his nightly hand-off with Lemon, the latter said the interview with Cuccinelli was “important.”

“That was a very important interview. And listen, I’m glad you mentioned about being shot by cops because you cannot compare. And I’m sick of people comparing. You can’t compare what happened this summer to what happened at the Capitol. It’s two different things,” Lemon insisted.

“One is built on people, on racial justice, on criminal justice, right, on reform, on police not beating up – or police treating people of color differently than they do whites. Okay? That is not a lie. Those are facts. Go look at them,” Lemon continued.

“What happened at the Capitol was built on a lie perpetrated by the president and the people who support him,” he added. “So, just on that one merit, if you want to call it, it’s not comparable. That things are not comparable. So they should not be doing it. And stop this whataboutism.”

Moments later Cuomo suggested that conservatives bring up the BLM-inspired rioting because they “do not care” about the Capitol rioting.

“The truth is, as soon as somebody says to you, Don, they are aware of what happened last week – ‘but this summer’ – as soon as the words come out of their mouth, they do not care about what happened last week,” Cuomo claimed.

“They know everything that you’re saying and I’m saying. They get that it’s not apples to apples,” he noted further. “What it is, is a reflection of the truth, of what is happening in this country. Which is there are people who don’t care, who don’t like what was done, who don’t believe that black people are justified, and it’s why last week happened. And we can get angry too.”

During protests in Washington, D.C., throughout the summer, left-wing BLM leaders and protesters threatened police and lawmakers, while getting close enough to the White House in early June to cause Secret Service to evacuate President Trump to a bunker — which was then ridiculed.

Looting also occurred throughout the nation’s capital, as rioters also set fires and threatened to destroy national monuments. Some rioters also set fire to historical St. John’s Church, near the White House.

In August, a BLM extremist encouraged crowds to attack police and to “burn the f**king White House down,” while also threatening lawmakers.

“I’m at the point where I’m ready to put these police in the f–king grave. I’m at the point where I want to burn the f–king White House down.  I want to take it to the senators, I want to take to the Congress, I want to take the fight to them,” he said.

“And at the end of the day, if they ain’t going to hear us, we burn them the f–k down. I’m one that talks real s–t. I talk it in New York, and I talk it in D.C. The same way I f–k police up in New York, I f–k cops up here in D.C. The same way I bust police in the head in New York, I bust police in the head in D.C.,” he added.

The following month, a left-wing group called Adbusters threatened “to lay siege to the #whitehouse for 50 days of nonviolent protest.”

Jon Dougherty

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