Federal buildings lit with Molotov cocktails, chaos in the streets, private property and livelihoods destroyed, and civilians terrified. Civil unrest in the United States – but not this week. It was a common occurrence in cities like Detroit, New York, Scottsdale, Chicago, Portland, and Seattle – and wherever else mobs of Black Lives Matter and Antifa came together to wreak havoc earlier this year.
Last week’s protest of the Electoral College count and recording was by all accounts very different. Bricks weren’t offloaded beforehand for easy access in breaking windows, and no bonfires were set, no buildings burned, no vehicles set ablaze. The First Amendment was shining bright for thousands of people gathered in support of President Trump – until bad actors stormed chambers. It was something we’ve become accustomed to in watching BLM protests escalate out of control. But you would have thought, by big-box media reports, that a civil war had just broken out in the Swamp.
A cursory glance through primetime media coverage – Fox News, CNN, MSNBC – and one could tell it was the only news to cover. Of course, last summer, one would be hard-pressed to catch a glimpse of the Portland Mayor running for his life when Antifa stormed his condo complex. Omar Jimenez from CNN stood in front of a raging fire in Kenosha, WI, and declared it was mostly a peaceful protest. CNN’s chyron at the bottom of television screens read “FIERY BUT MOSTLY PEACEFUL PROTESTS AFTER POL...