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The Democrats Are Whitewashing Leftist Violence

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It took only one week for the legacy media to go from gaslighting the nation about leftist violence to begging Joe Biden to distance himself from it.

“Joe Biden condemns violence in Portland and challenges President Trump to do the same” reads a ridiculous CNN headline about the presidential nominee’s speech in Pennsylvania yesterday.

The trouble with Biden’s contention, and the thrust of the CNN article, is that the former vice president blamed Donald Trump, “white nationalists” and “white supremacists,” not Antifa or Black Lives Matter, which have perpetrated most of the carnage we see in American cities. I’m sorry, it’s leftists who are chanting “death to America” in Oakland, not MAGA-hatted shock troops.

Moreover, Trump and Republicans have been condemning violence for months. They were pilloried for it. It wasn’t that long ago that Senator Tom Cotton wrote an op-ed in the New York Times suggesting Trump send National Guard troops to quell riots. The entire condemnation of Cotton was predicated on the notion that he wanted to deploy the military to crush peaceful “protesters.”

Perhaps the reality of the situation escaped the attention of many media figures who for months were diligently downplaying the existence of the looting, rioting, arson, statue-toppling, and murder. Perhaps these reporters and pundits fooled themselves into believing that Marxist Antifa “protesters” were really akin to the G.I.s landing in Normandy to stop the Nazis.

For months, we’ve been hearing the juvenile assertion that the country’s protests were “mostly peaceful.” Only this past Sunday, CNN’s Chris Cillizza was still tweeting that “Trump’s efforts to label what is happening in major cities as ‘riots’ speaks at least somewhat to his desperation,” despite the fact that much of downtown Kenosha had already been burned down by leftist agitators who had gathered from around the country.

You may remember New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof penned a reported piece titled, “Help Me Find Trump’s ‘Anarchists’ in Portland,” wherein he notes that the “president has his politically driven narrative. And then there’s reality.”

I guess he found them now.

Kristof’s first column, like so many others, assumed that Trump was exaggerating the political violence for partisan reasons. When Trump sent National Guard troops to quell the “protesters” who were attempting to firebomb the federal courthouse building, the entire Democratic Party’s media complex mobilized to perpetuate the myth that the presence of troops had triggered the violence itself, and that peaceful protesters were being snatched off the streets by fascistic stormtroopers who had occupied the city. In the vivid imagination of many contemporary Democrats, Portland in 2020 was just like Chile in 1973.

Let’s be honest: Every day is like Chile 1973 for such Democrats. There have been so many ginned-up moral panics over the past four years that they simply dissipate into the ether. Reminder: The National Guard hysteria — “Trump’s Occupation of American Cities Has Begun,” for example, warned Michelle Goldberg in the New York Times — happened right before the “fascists are snatching our mailboxes!” hysteria.

“As right-wing groups increasingly move to confront protesters in U.S. cities, demonstrators are assessing how to keep themselves safe,” says the same New York Times today. By the time this is all over, rioters will be remembered as the true victims.

Democrats thought they could somehow take advantage of radical protests to help them win 2020. It has backfired. Once distaste for the violence began showing up in polling, and once Republicans could circumvent media coverage during their convention and focus on David Dorn and other victims of leftist violence, the Democratic Party and their allies switched the narrative.

Today, the dangerously unserious House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff blames Trump and, who else, the Russians for “willfully fanning the flames of this violence.” Joy Reid, recently given a primetime show on one of the country’s major news networks, claimed that the riots were false flag operations perpetrated by “armed white nationalists” deployed as a nationwide strategy to help reelect Trump.

Just yesterday, NBC News reported that “Trump praises right-wing supporters, rails against protesters after unrest in Portland.” In many ways, the story is prototypical of Trump Age journalism.

The reporter, Allan Smith, describes the shooting of an unarmed Trump fan thus: “a man was shot and killed in confrontations between Black Lives Matter protesters.” In the very same piece, the reporter describes Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who claims he shot two rioters in self-defense, as a person who “was accused of having opened fire Tuesday during a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, killing two people.”

For NBC News, in one shooting there was a vague “confrontation” where the presence of pro-Trump activists “contributed to violent clashes,” and in the other a man “opened fire” on “demonstrators . . . protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake.”

Not long ago Biden’s campaign staff was bragging about their donations to a group that paid the bail fees for Minneapolis rioters. And veep pick Kamala Harris was promoting these groups as well. Today? “Fires are burning, and we have a president who fans the flames,” says Biden. I wonder if reporters will track down any of those “protesters” Biden’s staff bailed out to see what they’ve gotten themselves into.

In any event, Biden promises that once Trump is gone peace will again prevail.  “Americans weren’t getting murdered every week in political violence when Barack Obama was president,” another CNN commentator says. “This American carnage began in Donald Trump’s America. He is dividing the country and inciting a civil war for his own cynical political purposes.”

Let’s set aside the fact that virtually every police shooting that’s sparked riots and violence in the past four years has occurred in cities run by Democratic mayors and often progressive city councils. Trump does not run the Minneapolis or Kenosha police departments. Wasn’t Obama president during the riots in MilwaukeeBaltimoreOakland, and Ferguson? Wasn’t it Obama who was president when five Dallas police officers were murdered by a Black Lives Matter activist?

When a few hundred Nazis rioted in Charlottesville, the very soul of the country was at stake. When far leftists are behind mass unrest across the nation for months, causing billions in damage and destroying thousands of lives — most of them in minority communities — it’s still Republicans who are at fault.

Of course Biden doesn’t want cities to burn. But Democrats have spent years stoking conspiratorial and paranoid fantasies among their gullible activists. Every traditional political setback Democrats experience — a tax cut or Federalist Society–approved judge’s confirmation — is treated like a dire attack on the foundations of “democracy.” The constant and cynical delegitimizations of American institutions and our elections have convinced a bunch of people that their voice has been stolen. And once the hysteria devolved into violence, it caught up to Democrats in the polls. Now they’re just attempting to whitewash history.

Reprinted with Permission from - National Review by - David Harsanyi

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Shoe
2 months ago

It is the Media that is covering up the left wing violence‼️ When Nader (from NY) says there is no violence in Portland it is because he only gets his news from NBC. The traitors in the media are a much greater threat to our way of life than Russia or China. The Media is the deadly enemy within and as long as courts give them liability protection for the lies they tell, the socialist in the Media will ultimately destroy us.

Rik
2 months ago

Monkey see, Monkey do! … or is it: Jackass see, Jackass do! … or is it: Progressively Communist Democrats see, Progressively Communist Democrats do! … Still looks all the same to me! … Lies!, Lies! and More Lies!
They claim President Trump won’t leave the Presidency if he loses! Heck, its them who will “claim victory” even after President Trump gets re-elected in a landslide! … Only this time We the People will rise up to destroy these Commies and restore sanity to America!

David Spade
2 months ago

Left wing Democrats just want to fan the fires of riots by blaming everyone but themselves. When they support the anarchists, the Marxists, the Antifa thugs and those who want to divide America, then they are part of the attempted breaking of America. I would like to think that rational thinking citizens are completely wise to these lies. People know these imposters are just as fake as the lame stream media reporting “peaceful” protests.

Stephen Russell
2 months ago

They created the violence day 1 Floyd was killed. Planned, pre planned IE preset brick piles in Minn.
Only action now due to polls.
Even now cops raided trucks carrying riot supplies into Kenosha, & more questions:

Who houses rioters
where
Who pays them
who sends in supplies
where are supplies stored
Follow the money & paper trail
Hire rioters: Craigslist?? other
who pays for supplies
Are rioters bused in or Local or if local how far local
Apply model nationwide
Then add weak mayors & governors

Wayne Peterkin
2 months ago

To any leftist, the ends always justify the means. They will lie, cheat, and steal to obtain the political power they covet, and it is not for anyone’s benefit except their own.

James
2 months ago

These riots have fomented with the blessing of the democrat party. First, the democrat governors and mayors thought they could deny the existence of the anarchy and destruction with the help of the fake news media. The denial didn’t work! The truth got out! Now, democrats admit to the destruction, but they blame the president for their failures. This second denial doesn’t pass the smell test either. The president wanted to snuff the anarchy, but democrat leaders refused his help! I hope voters see the pattern here!

Gordon
2 months ago

The Democrats know their butts are in trouble. What did you expect them to do? Go away quietly? Glad to see them and their cohorts being exposed

Dave S
2 months ago

Oh, if only you and the other writers that contribute these articles could be the ones debating Biden. It would be fun to watch. Concise, to the point, factual, no exaggeration, no chest pounding. Alas, not to be.

Phil Hammersley
2 months ago

I don’t know of any DIMM on the national level who has condemned (wholeheartedly) the Marxist/Communist violence. Biden’s milquetoast statement is totally CYA to hopefully stop his poll numbers from falling further. If there IS a Dimm anywhere who doesn’t like the violence, he/she doesn’t have the guts to say it out loud!!
Can you imagine Scoop Jackson, Harry Truman, JFK, or even Hubert Humphrey putting up with this crap?

JohnH
2 months ago

The FBI must know if outside groups are moving from city to city to create the burning & looting. If so, why cannot FBI arrest these people? They should not need okay from Mayor or Governor to stop a few people. Trump says he can stop in hour or less if state will call him for help.

GRELLA GRELLA
2 months ago

I think it’s too late for the DEMOCRATs to try to whitewash the DEMOCRAT terror unfolding across American in DEMOCRAT run states and cities. No one believes them when they try to blame Republicans . Everyone knows that the rioting is being by marauding gangs of DEMOCRAT terrorists . All the DEMOCRATs need to justify their terrorism is one bad cop . They just needed an excuse. They were waiting for just such an opportunity to pounce. Normal people would naturally expect that DEMOCRAT Mayors and/or DEMOCRAT Governors of DEMOCRAT states would have moved fast to quell DEMOCRAT terrorism happening… Read more »

Glenn Lego
2 months ago

The picture above of the rubble. How do you whitewash an image like that?! Of course Jesus talked about whitewashed tombs.

Dina Kim
2 months ago

I appreciate your adding the modifier left-wing and leftists for the protesters/rioters because the main stream media only add modifiers for conservatives. It’s important to keep reminding everyone that these are left-wing mobs that are holding cities hostage and behaving like terrorists.

R.J. from Arizona
2 months ago

I wish AMAC would stop using the word Democrat as that party that I have known all my life died about 2 years ago. I would accept Socialist Democrats or National Socialists as a replacement.
I blame Gov Northam of Virginia for starting all this when he told VA State Police to stand down in Charlottesville. The blood is on his hands.

Patriot Will
2 months ago

For the Communist Democrats to shamelessly blame others for the horrific violence spread by the lefties such as BLM and Antifa serves as a significant warning to those Americans who are so gullible as to believe that the likes of Biden, Harris, and Pelosi are honorable politicians! The Communist Democrats have absolutely no need to tell the truth, because they are power-hungry miscreants who feel very much at ease being evil and misleading. For them, the ends justify the means. For them, ideology is all important. Truths and lies are intermingled so easily that ethical and unethical are equally valid.… Read more »

Robin W Boyd
2 months ago

Progressive Democrats lie! Biden has been lying for decades, making him very comfortable with Progressive lies. Progressive Democrats will claim literally anything to deceive liberal minded Americans into supporting the U.S. becoming a Socialist nation.

JohnH
2 months ago

Crazy times: People loot & burn their own city & then taxes go up to rebuild , insurance goes up for all , business is down or out of business for good and tourists do not want to come to your city.. Everybody suffers that lives there. Yesterday, Trump said he would give Kenosha $4.2 Million to help rebuild businesses but I cannot believe WH will do this for every incident.

gkp
2 months ago

Joe Biden is a complete idiot and belongs in an old age home for alzheimers patients// the liberals are out of touch with Law and Order and the women in this country should take a real look at what their children will grow up in voting for these Communist loonies//Hope the TRUMPSTER wins in a landslide and the Republicans take the SENATE and CONGRESS and get rid of the witch Pelosi//

John
2 months ago

AGREE, AGREE, AGREE with the tone and facts of the article !!!

Morty Tupperman
2 months ago

Monty Python’s “Confuse-A-Cat” comes to mind…

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