Joe Biden ran on a promise to unify the nation. He missed an opportunity on Thursday.
Instead of calling on Americans to come together, he went on a partisan rant against President Donald Trump and even suggested that the Capitol Police were racist.
Biden said the previous day’s riot on Capitol Hill was the result of four years of Trump: “He unleashed an all-out assault on our institutions of our democracy from the outset. And yesterday was but the culmination of that unrelenting attack.”
Not only is that claim arguably untrue, but it ignores the left’s refusal to accept the results of the 2016 election, the radical tactics of the so-called “Resistance,” the pointless impeachment of 2019-20, and the Black Lives Matter riots last year.
If Biden had wanted to heal the nation, he would have offered a hand of friendship to Trump supporters — and he would have acknowledged that the left has also used political violence.
In fact, the left has rioted against democracy for the past decade. …
The left has chanted “This is what democracy looks like” over and over again for the past decade, as it repeated the same tactics — with the approval of Democrats and the mainstream media, who cast the protests, and even riots, in heroic terms.
In 2011, both President Barack Obama and then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) embraced the Occupy Wall Street movement, which seized private property, fought police, and allowed major crimes to be committed at its campsites.
Later, Obama backed the Black Lives Matter movement, which began with riots in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 based on false claims that a police officer shot an innocent black man trying to surrender. The media also embraced the protests.
After the 2016 election, Democrats embraced the so-called “Resistance,” refusing to accept the results of a legitimate democratic election. There were left-wing riots in Washington, DC, on Inauguration Day in 2017.
In 2018, when the Senate debated the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, protesters occupied congressional office buildings in and pounded on the Supreme Court doors. Radical activists trapped Senators in elevators. The media loved every minute.
Democrats, like then-Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), called federal law enforcement agents a “paramilitary” and raised funds to bail our rioters in Minneapolis. In July, Joe Biden called the rioters in Portland, Oregon — who were shooting explosives and laser beams at federal officers — “peaceful protesters.”
And all along, the left — with the media’s help — claimed that “this is what democracy looks like.” …
I would personally like to see Biden apologize for, and withdraw, his false claims about Trump — especially the “fine people hoax,” which claims that Trump supported neo-Nazis in deadly riots in Charlottesville in 2017. (Trump condemned them.)
Instead, Biden repeated the hoax on Thursday. He also repeated false claims that Trump used tear gas to clear “peaceful protesters” in front of the White House for a “photo-op,” and held a Bible upside-down at the church across the street. All of those divisive claims have been debunked.
Biden signaled that he and his party plan to use January 6 as a pretext for retribution, not an opportunity for reconciliation.
hat-tip Stephen Neil