As people watched President Donald Trump's supporters storm the Capitol building in Washington, DC, they noticed a difference in how the police, media, and the whole USA, in general, reacted to it when compared to the Black Lives Matter protests last year.

So they turned to social media to point out that the demonstrations back then—which broke out across the country in response to police killings of unarmed Black people, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor—were often met with a brutal response from law enforcement, including the use of tear gas and physical violence.

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Iggy
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1 year ago

The world needs more Colin Kaepernicks.

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It's worth noting that the BLM protests weren't calm and friendly, too. "The protests that took place in 140 U.S. cities this spring were mostly peaceful, but the arson, vandalism, and looting that did occur will result in at least $1 billion to $2 billion of paid insurance claims — eclipsing the record set in Los Angeles in 1992 after the acquittal of the police officers who brutalized Rodney King," Axios writes.

They got these numbers from a company called Property Claim Services (PCS) that has tracked insurance claims related to civil disorder since 1950. It classifies anything over $25 million in insured losses as a "catastrophe," and reports that the 2020 unrest (from May 26 to June 8) will cost the insurance industry far more than any prior one.

Plus, the protests related to George Floyd's death are also different because they are so widespread.

An informal article by Forbes shows that there were at least 19 reported deaths during this period as well.

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Paul K. Johnson
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1 year ago

Right wingers should be forever barred from using the term "Personal Responsibility" against people they don't ever again. There is no denying that the garbage who support Trump and Trump himself is responsible for this sedition. Yet wing nuts won't just own their own behavior and actions. Instead they try to blame anyone else. Right now they're claiming it's "antifa" who pulled some kind of false flag operation. If they believed their own bullshit they would be calling for mass arrests of those involved. As usual wing nuts can't even make up their minds. When confronted with the fact that these criminals are Trump supporters they call them "patriots". When they see how much Americans disapprove of what they did suddenly they aren't Trump Supporting Patriots any more, but they're "antifa".

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President-elect Joe Biden described Wednesday's events as "one of the darkest days in the history of our nation" and blamed President Trump for stoking violence. He added it was "totally unacceptable" police had shown more leniency than in Black Lives Matter protests last year.

Washington DC's top prosecutor has not ruled out the possibility that President Trump himself could be investigated over the Capitol riot.

The acting attorney general for the District of Columbia, Michael Sherwin, said "all actors" will be looked at.

When asked if this included Trump, Sherwin responded: "We're looking at all actors here and anyone that had a role and, if the evidence fits the elements of the crime, they’re going to be charged."

The president had urged his supporters at a rally outside the White House to march on Congress while pushing unfounded claims of electoral fraud, however, when events began to spiral out of control, he asked them to "remain peaceful".

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, called the breach of the U.S. Capitol by Pro-Trump protesters "a coup attempt."

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Soap
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1 year ago

No comments because we have no words.

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Martha Meyer
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1 year ago

Urgghh, that guy pointing a gun at a child!!

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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1 year ago

Calling it anything but terrorism is anti American.

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Johnny Rodriguez
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1 year ago

It's only the 'States of america'-there is nothing 'United'..

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Iggy
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1 year ago

True.

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Vic
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1 year ago

Hypocrisy at its finest!!

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wandile dludlu
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1 year ago

The other day I had a comment ending with "The older I get, the more I hate the USA" and people went nuts in the comments saying if I'm in the US, I should leave and if I'm not, I should never come... a day later, vindication. I'm pretty sure If I wait another 2 weeks, there will be more deaths

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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1 year ago

If the women in the scarves did what the terrorists did, imagine how conservatives would react.

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Oskar vanZandt
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1 year ago

I wonder who gave them those orders?

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Iggy
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1 year ago

And the BLM protests did not become super-spreader events, unlike many Trump rallies.

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Iggy
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1 year ago

The police forces need to be federal, not run by individual states. And that's just the start.

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Oskar vanZandt
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1 year ago

Trump has NEVER cared for anyone or anything but himself and whatever benefits him personally... I'm sure I am not the only person to have sussed this out a long, long time ago?

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Athena June
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1 year ago

It breaks my heart that it is the twenty first century and some people are still having to defend their rights while others are using their white privilege to get away with horrific crimes

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Rebecca O’Donnell
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1 year ago

Hope the Postal Inspectors see this. Stealing mail is a felony.

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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1 year ago

These are the white supremacists last cries before dying a quiet death. This shît is on the way out because we are pushing it out. Keep pushing.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 year ago

Fighting for the right to live without fear of being shot by the police because the cop had a bad day is obviously more threatening to the democracy than storming, looting and damaging the center and symbol of democracy.

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Requiem
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1 year ago

Spork420 the Trump supporters brought zipties and GUNS & RIFLES and got f****n selfies. zipties are for arresting or kidnapping people....

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Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
1 year ago

That guy in the suit in the MAGA rioters pic looks like security services... not securing much of anything.

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Iggy
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1 year ago

None of us can believe it.

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MadDawg
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1 year ago

ALL of this was because of their cult leader, Trump.

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Yeet Twenty
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

The reason why is because our douchebag president didn't want to stop them because they were his supporters, it shows he only does good to the people who supports him. There was this show I watched on Netflix called "When They See Us", About 4 boys going to jail (1 did actually go to jail, the others went to a juvenile center) for a crime they did not commit. They were convicted of rape and murder. Donald Trump said that they should be put on the death penalty. SMH, really you are putting teenagers on the death penalty for a crime they did not commit. I can go on and on about what Trump caused in the U.S. But Trump Americans are showing their true colors. If it was black or other heritage protesters, there would have been a deadly shooting.

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Rebecca O’Donnell
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1 year ago

This states the obvious that quite a few police sided with the Trump “protesters”. Secret Service had to be rearranged so that President Elect Biden had the same Secret Service men he had when he was Vice President because the alliances of the ones protecting Trump were questionable.

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Oskar vanZandt
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1 year ago

Wouldn't try that at a museum... seems the art works at Capitol Hill aren't worthy of protection.

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