There is no dispute that Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, yet, there is also no disputing that violence is not a trademark of conservative protests — though frustrations over an election many saw as fraudulent, and a pandemic that’s bordering on a year, could factor in.
Unlike Black Lives Matter or Antifa, there is a general respect for police on the right, as well as for law and order, which makes what took place in Washington, D.C., all the more confusing.
The Democratic Party was quick to exploit events for the political value, as was the corrupt media establishment, which may explain why a video capturing what may be more in line with what would be expected from conservatives saw little coverage.
With violent extremists storming the Capitol, a frustrated man wearing a MAGA hat confronted several police officers looking on: “Why are you letting this happen? Why haven’t you called for backup? Where is your back up?”
— Matt Couch (@RealMattCouch) January 27, 2021
“This is our damn Capitol Building!” the Trump supporter continued. “And you all are letting it get destroyed on your watch.”
The camera pans around to show a number of officers in riot gear just standing there.
“Call for backup. Get some help down here!” the man implored.
You can understand how a Trump supporter literally begging police officers to stop the mayhem might run counter to the media narrative.
As would the arrest of an activist allied with the Black Lives Matter movement, who was among those who stormed the Capitol that day.
The arrest of John Earle Sullivan saw scant media coverage, as well.
According to the DOJ, Sullivan allegedly, “wearing a ballistics vest and gas mask, entered the U.S. Capitol through a window that had been broken out, pushing past U.S. Capitol Police once inside.”
The media reported that rioters overran the Capitol Police and occupied the Capitol, but that wasn’t entirely true. The video above showed officers passively looking on.
There was also footage of uniformed U.S. Capitol Police Officers opening the doors of the Capitol Building and standing idly by as the pro-Trump rioters stormed inside.
“Disturbing video taken during the storming of the US Capitol shows five police officers apparently standing by doing nothing as throngs of President Trump rioters stream through a side entrance to the building,” the New York Post reported.
There were also reports that Capitol Police declined reinforcement offers from the Defense Department and the Justice Department.
U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund would later resign under pressure after the siege, and the Sergeant at Arms of the Senate and Sergeant at Arms of the House both resigned.
Of course, the major fallout from protesters being able to breach the Capitol was that House Democrats voted to impeach Trump for a second time for alleged “incitement of insurrection.”
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