American Elephants

January 6 and the “Attack” on the Capitol! by The Elephant's Child
October 23, 2022, 6:57 pm
Filed under: Politics

Democrats are trying desperately to turn the events of January 6 into a “riot” and an “attack on the capitol”. It was no such thing. I was watching events online as they unfolded. Donald Trump had invited his supporters to come to Washington D.C. and march up Pennsylvania Avenue to protest what he believed to be an unfair election. There was lots of talk about cheating and illegal voting, none of it very clear about what was permissible and what was not. My favorite was the confirmed voter who happened to be born in 1824. So there were certainly some legitimate concerns about illegal votes.

Some of the protesters were assembled in a patio just outside the Capitol building. The Capitol Police, for whatever reason, threw open the doors and essentially invited the protesters in. The “protesters” walked peacefully through the Capitol, looking at the paintings on the walls. and the sculptures. No touching, just looking, respectively. The only “violence” was the guy in the fancy costume, but he was apparently a long-time “protester” or demonstrater at political events in his home state, always costumed. There was no riot, no violence, no touching even.

The idea that it was “a riot” was much more useful to the journalism profession, for sexier stories, but that’s not what I saw! But, of course, I was just watching online in far-away Washington State, so what do I know? A bit of a shift in my opinions of the journalism profession, and a bit more caution in my thoughts about what I am reading online.

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