Biden claims in commencement speech that Republican protesters killed police on Jan. 6

President Joe Biden can’t let go of the narrative that Republican supporters of former President Donald Trump killed police officers on January 6, even though the facts do not bear out that narrative.

During a commencement speech for the University of Delaware, Biden stated the following hypothetical:

A mob of insurrectionists stormed the Capitol, the very citadel of democracy. Imagine what you’d be thinking today if you had heard this morning before you got here that a group of a thousand people broke down the doors of the parliament of Great Britain, killed two police officers, smashed and ransacked the office of members of the British Parliament or any other, what would you think? What would you think?

False claims

It isn’t the first time he claimed that January 6 protesters killed police officers.

During a speech in Wisconsin in March, Biden said, “Look, how would you feel if you saw crowds storm and break down the doors of the British Parliament, kill five cops, injure 145 — or the German Bundestag, or the Italian Parliament? I think you’d wonder. Well, that’s what the rest of the world saw.”

But no police officers were killed by protesters. One police officer died of natural causes from a stroke that he suffered the day after the Capitol breach, and four members of the Capitol police force and Washington Metropolitan Police committed suicide in the weeks after the breach.

The hyperbole about January 6 is an attempt to seize the moral high ground and to demonize Trump supporters so that no one else dares to step out of line, at least in the eyes of Democrats.

False narrative

It’s why Democrats have called the breach an “insurrection” even though it doesn’t fit that definition. And it’s why so many people were arrested for taking part in the breach, even though other protesters that have exhibited the same or more violent behavior were not arrested or punished.

Letting Democrats control the narrative in this way has had consequences, including some Republican House members that are now facing claims they shouldn’t be allowed to run again because they violated a rule prohibiting anyone who participates in an insurrection from holding office.

So far, these claims have been dismissed in court, but that doesn’t mean a sympathetic appeals court won’t rule in the Democrats’ favor.

The breach was illegal, but it was not an insurrection. There was no evidence in all of the videos taken that anyone was trying to take over the government or anything like that. They were in some cases upset because they thought the election hadn’t been fair, and in others they just saw police moving barricades and thought they were allowed to enter.

The only person killed in the whole mess was one of the protesters, Ashli Babbit, who was shot by police when a group of protesters was trying to get through a door to where lawmakers were hiding.

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