One day after hundreds of protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol building and a woman was fatally shot in the process, President-elect Joe Biden pointed a blaming finger at President Donald Trump, and Rasmussen Reports released a poll that found a majority of Republicans expect crime to rise on Biden’s watch.
According to Rasmussen, 69 percent of survey respondents identifying as Republicans “expect a nationwide crime increase under Biden, compared to 20% of Democrats and 39% of those not affiliated with either major party.”
That’s hardly good news for the incoming administration, but it might be comparable to the greeting Trump got from the media and Democrats as his inauguration approached four years ago. Trump’s remarks to tens of thousands of supporters Wednesday are being roundly blamed by the establishment media for inciting the mob, but there are also suspicions floating around that some of those responsible for the Capitol chaos were Antifa or Black Lives Matter instigators. That will be sorted out by investigators.
Still, borrowing an argument from reporters who spent last summer repeating the phrase “mostly peaceful protest” while buildings or police cars burned in the background, what happened Wednesday wasn’t so much different, except for two important factors.
These were conservatives and they brought their grievances to the nation’s capital, and for the most part they behaved. While they didn’t petition the government for a redress of grievance, as provided in the First Amendment, they left little doubt they are not a happy bunch.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievance.”—First Amendment
In the wake of the big demonstration, Biden has been exploiting it to criticize Trump while Capitol Hill Democrats demand he be ousted from office. Trump’s term ends in two weeks, but Democrats just can’t stand the thought of not being able to remove him via impeachment like some sort of trophy for which they yearn.
As for Biden, a writer at the Federalist on Thursday called him and fellow Democrats out in a scathing Op-Ed declaring they “never cared about law and order.”
There are complaints on social media about the glaring hypocrisy at work on “the day after.” Last summer while cities were being plundered, businesses were trashed and looted, Biden and others were rather silent, according to writer Evita Duffy.
“For months,” Duffy wrote, “American cities were under siege, at the mercy of Antifa and Black Lives Matter thugs. At least 30 people were killed during the BLM riots while the corporate media stood in front of burning cities, characterizing them as “peaceful protests.” Yet never did Biden use the forceful language he did yesterday, calling it an “assault on the rule of law.” One of those cities was Kenosha, Wisconsin, where I spent days reporting on the riots this summer.”
According to a short bio, Duffy is an intern at The Federalist and a junior at the University of Chicago, where she studies American History.
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As noted by Rasmussen, “Opposition to calls from the political left to defund the police remains high. Sixty-one percent (61%) of Americans now oppose reducing the police budget in the community where they live to channel that money into more social services.”
It’s that concern over police manpower as Biden takes office that appears to have GOP voters predicting a spike in crime. Although the FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2020 will not be published until late September, violent crime appears to be up across the map, with a lot more homicides than 2019 posted.
Biden has been insisting he wants to unite the country, but with an agenda that threatens to trample the Second Amendment rights of tens of millions of his fellow Americans, that may be a bridge too far.
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