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President Trump condemns violence, defends ‘true supporters’ in powerful first address since Capitol riots

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President Donald Trump Was allowed by Twitter to publish a video through the not-yet-suspended @WhiteHouse account Wednesday condemning all mob violence and warning that one cannot endorse political violence and then call themselves a “true” supporter of his.

Making America Great Again has always been about defending the rule of law, supporting the men and women of law enforcement, and upholding our nation’s most sacred traditions and values. Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for,” the president said.

No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence. No true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag,” the president continued.

No true supporter of mine could ever threaten or harass their fellow Americans. If you do any of these things, you are not supporting our movement, you are attacking it and you are attacking our country. We cannot tolerate it.”

Unlike the left, however, the president made sure to stress that ALL political violence is wrong — regardless of whether it’s motivated by the false belief that an election was stolen or, in the case of Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots, the false belief that the criminal justice system is racist against minorities.

“Tragically, over the course of the past year made so difficult because of COVID-19, we have seen political violence spiral out of control. We have seen too many riots, too many mobs, too many acts of intimidation and destruction. It must stop,” he said.

Whether you are on the right or on the left, a Democrat or a Republican, there is never a justification for violence, no excuses, no exceptions. America is a nation of laws. Those who engaged in the attacks last week will be brought to justice.”

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His candid rhetoric contrasts sharply with that of the institutional left, which continues to insist that the torching of businesses, looting of stores, destruction of personal property, and murder of innocents that occurred over the summer was somehow justified.

On CNN, for instance, hosts Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo argued on Tuesday that it’s wrong to compare the summer riots to the Capitol riot because one of those was “justified.”

“You can’t compare what happened this summer to what happened at the Capitol. It’s two different things. One was 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. OK? That was not a lie. Those are facts. Go look at them. What happened at the Capitol was built on a lie, perpetrated by the president and the people who support him,” Lemon said.

“They get that it’s not apples to apples. 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. That’s the truth, and it is our problem,” Cuomo added.

In other words, it’s “justified” when BLM extremists riot and kill.

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This is called hypocrisy — and according to California Rep. Tom McClintock, this hypocrisy helped spur the horrifying events of last week.

“If we had prosecuted BLM and Antifa rioters across the country with the same determination these last six months, this incident may not have happened at all,” he said in a speech on the House floor Wednesday.

Indeed, by justifying BLM and Antifa’s behavior, the left signaled that political violence is OK.

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Hellbent on preventing any further political violence, the president continued his video remarks Wednesday by asking for calm and peace “in the coming days” as President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration approaches.

“Now I am asking everyone who has ever believed in our agenda to be thinking of ways to ease tensions, calm tempers, and help to promote peace in our country. There has been reporting that additional demonstrations are being planned in the coming days, both here in Washington and across the country,” he said.

“I have been briefed by the US Secret Service on the potential threats. Every American deserves to have their voice heard in a respectful and peaceful way. That is your First Amendment right. But I cannot emphasize that there must be no violence, no law-breaking, and no vandalism of any kind.”

Note that no such requests were made prior to Trump’s own inauguration, which as a reminder had triggered incredible amounts of political violence.

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“Everyone must follow our laws and obey the instructions of law enforcement. I have directed federal agencies to use all necessary resources to maintain order. In Washington, D.C., We are bringing in thousands of National Guard members to secure the city and ensure that a transition can occur safely and without incident,” the president continued.

“Like all of you, I was shocked and deeply saddened by the calamity at the Capitol last week. I want to thank the hundreds of millions of incredible American citizens who have responded to this moment with calm, moderation, and grace. We will get through this challenge just like we always do.”

He concluded his remarks by addressing the ongoing social media purge of dissident/conservative voices.

“The efforts to censor, cancel, and blacklist our fellow citizens are wrong and they are dangerous. What is needed now is for us to listen to one another, not to silence one another. All of us can choose by our actions to rise above the ranker and find common ground and shared purpose,” he said.

“We must focus on advancing the interests of the whole nation, delivering the miracle vaccines, defeating the pandemic, rebuilding the economy, protecting our national security, and upholding the rule of law.”

Vivek Saxena

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