Parcell: ‘Bizarre’ difference in how BLM protestors, Trump supporters treated

Jordan Parcell

The U.S. Capitol building was stormed by a group of President Donald Trump supporters on Wednesday. They got through four layers of security.

A few months ago, police shot rubber bullets and tear gas at peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters. The BLM protests were deemed violent riots, a danger to civilians.

These Trump supporters aren’t being called rioters or terrorists, only protestors. For some strange reason, police forces have managed not to use rubber bullets or tear gas. Some have even taken selfies with these terrorists.

Why is that?

I have an idea.

This country is so fundamentally founded on racist principles that opposing racism is seen as threatening. 

People of color have always been met with excessive force during protests, no matter how peaceful they are.

Yet white rioters manage to leave unscathed after literally breaking into the U.S. Capitol building.

So far it has been reported that one person has been shot. Only one. She died.

That’s nothing compared to all the injuries sustained and lives lost during BLM protests.

Other members of the government are urging President Trump to call off his supporters. Rather than doing this, he tweeted “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”

Really? That’s how he responds to all of this? “Remain peaceful”? 

As if that wasn’t enough, Trump went on to tell these terrorists that he loved them, and that they were all special in a passive-aggressive video he recorded to tell them to go home. He focused more on his belief that there was “election fraud” than the fact that they were attempting a coup, which is illegal.

Where was this energy when police officers and white supremacists were attacking peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters? Isn’t this the same man who tweeted “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” about Black Lives Matter protests?

Don’t even get me started on the fact that this is the same man who told a white supremacist group to “stand back and stand by.”

I think that all of this goes to show why a change in leadership is clearly needed; we live in a country where one man can claim voter fraud and cause a mob to storm the U.S. Capitol building when at the same time people of color are still fighting for basic rights.

BLM protesters are met with “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” while Trump supporters are met only with “remain peaceful” and “we love you, you’re very special.” 

How bizarre.