Riots for me, not for thee

Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author.

During the first presidential debate in September, then-candidate and now President Joe Biden dismissed Antifa as “an idea, not an organization.”

On inauguration night in Seattle, this “idea” destroyed businesses, including the original Starbucks and an Amazon Go store, burned American flags, blocked traffic and attacked a courthouse. The activists were made up of multiple groups, Antifa, BLM, anarchists but they all agreed on one thing, it did not matter who was in the Oval Office, they were going to riot anyway.

Antifa activists in Portland smashed in the glass and vandalized the exterior of the Democrat Party headquarters. This after over 100 consecutive nights of rioting and attacking a federal courthouse.

Graffiti was found calling for the skinning of Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. BLM and Antifa activists claimed they were fighting for civil rights by calling for the first female and black Vice President to be skinned. Let’s not forget that Harris promoted a bail fund to have activists like this released from jail after they destroyed cities across the country this summer. The same activists who wrote F*** Biden on the flyers advertising the protests. Not that the funds are needed anyway. Rioters are usually released quickly following an arrest with no charges pursued.

Promotion for the violence was done on social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. The accounts are still active as they have been all summer while organizing and promoting violence. It was no secret to anyone who bothered to look because the promotion had been going on since last week. It wasn’t done on some “conservative” platform like Parler, yet Facebook and Twitter are still available in the Google and Apple app stores.

For months rioters have been destroying these once-great cities and the local Democrat elected officials said nothing. They allowed entire neighborhoods to be taken over by armed militants and turned into ‘autonomous zones.’ In Seattle, one city council member unlocked the doors to City Hall and allowed in thousands of activists to occupy the building. No charges, no ethics violations. Those who reported the incident to the ethics committee were told, “it is public property.”

Yet these same officials condemned the riot at the Capitol.

Not one of them issued condemnations or press releases denouncing the violence. They called it “the summer of love” and a “street fair.” They called it “mostly peaceful protests” even though people were killed. Some officials even supported the violence and enabled the rioters. Yet all of them denounced the riot at the Capitol (as they should have) because this time it served their political interests to do so.

On the bright side, COVID has not been a factor in months. Yes, businesses remain shut down and people are out of work by the Governor’s mandates, but protesters are allowed and encouraged to assemble in mass gatherings because racism “is a pandemic” and a “public health crisis.”

On January 6, pro-Trump protesters assembled at the Washington state capitol in Olympia. A small group broke away from the larger gathering and marched to the Governor’s Mansion. They then peacefully returned to the main group. Governor Jay Inslee called up 750 National Guard troops to build walls and fencing to protect the Capitol campus, including his mansion, but in seven months of rioting in Seattle, only sent in the National Guard once, unarmed, the first week of the riots. Not during the armed occupation of an entire neighborhood even though residents, businesses and even city employees were begging for them.

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