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The Left Loves Useful Mobs

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We’re barely into the first month of a new, fully Democratic-controlled Washington, D.C., and this week, the new majority chose to drag the American people through yet another impeachment of former President Donald Trump.

For days on end, House impeachment managers, led by Democratic Congressmen Eric Swalwell and Jamie Raskin, accused President Trump of incitement for using phrases like “fight like hell” and “take our country back.” They, of course, made these arguments while ignoring the fact that they, too, have repeatedly used these phrases themselves.

“The GOP rush to replace Justice Ginsburg is all about destroying the Affordable Care Act, women’s health care and reproductive freedom, and the voting rights and civil rights of the people. We must fight like hell to stop this assault on health care and the Constitution,” Raskin tweeted on September 23, 2020.

During the 2018 Supreme Court confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, Swalwell publicly mocked serious threats made against Republican Senator Susan Collins in his efforts to derail the nomination.

“Boo hoo hoo,” he said.

His comments came while an angry mob descended on the Senate Hart building to intimidate senators, resulting in the arrest of more than 300 people.

The hypocrisy only begins here, and it shows that Democrats are perfectly fine with mobs, so long as they suit their purposes and political agenda.

In 2018 and before she was officially sworn into office, now Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez led an unruly group of climate change protestors to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. They entered the space, occupied it and refused to leave.

“More than 200 youth activists, flanked by Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, flooded House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office this morning urging Democrats to act more decisively on climate change,” POLITICO reported at the time. “Capitol Police said they arrested 51 protesters for unlawfully demonstrating outside Pelosi's office in the Cannon House Office Building. Arrests took place a few hours after the demonstration began, when protesters refused to leave the area. Pelosi said she welcomed the protest and called on the police "to allow them to continue to organize and participate in our democracy.”

On December 2, 2020, Ocasio-Cortez endorsed “uncomfortable” protest, saying it leads to change. 

“The whole point of protesting is to make ppl uncomfortable. Activists take that discomfort w/ the status quo & advocate for concrete policy changes. Popular support often starts small & grows. To folks who complain protest demands make others uncomfortable... that’s the point,” the congresswoman tweeted. “The thing that critics of activists don’t get is that they tried playing the 'polite language' policy game and all it did was make them easier to ignore. It wasn’t until they made folks uncomfortable that there was traction to do ANYTHING even if it wasn’t their full demands.”

This brings us to the $1 billion in riot damage, led by Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA, last summer. Not only were these mobs not condemned by the Left, they were endorsed, and their message of “racial justice” was used as a political weapon against President Trump and other Republicans.

“If you’re able to, chip in now to the  @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota,” then-Senator Kamala Harris tweeted on June 1, 2020, linking to a bail fund for rioters who destroyed and burned blocks of minority-owned businesses in Minneapolis.

Now, Democrats are using the January 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol to consolidate power and violate civil liberties of anyone who steps out of line with their big government, far-left agenda. In typical fashion, the Left plans to use powerful government agencies to punish their political enemies.

“We are now looking forward that the members of the Biden team who have been nominated or have been appointed are now moving in laser-like fashion to try to uncover as much as they can about what looks very similar to insurgency movements that we've seen overseas, where they germinate in different parts of the country and they gain strength and it brings together an unholy alliance frequently of religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, Nativists, even libertarians,” former CIA Director John Brennan said during an interview with MSNBC.

If Democrats are going to impeach former President Trump for “incitement” while smearing all conservatives, Republicans, or right-leaning political thinkers as guilty of “insurrection,” then they should apply the same standard to themselves. For now, their record shows an endorsement of mobs so long as they are useful to their cause.


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