In the wake of last week’s deadly riot on Capitol Hill, various critics of President Donald Trump have advocated for new efforts to remove him from office.
Given some of the rhetoric being employed by officials on the left, however, some Americans are calling attention to an apparent double standard.
“Endorsing violence as a political tactic”
As a notable example, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has issued statements widely interpreted as threatening while facing no apparent calls for her to be penalized.
Meanwhile, the president has faced a nearly universal ban across social media platforms, including Twitter, for allegedly “inciting” a violent siege of the Capitol building on Wednesday.
Furthermore, public outcry has led to private companies effectively blacklisting Trump and his key allies.
Tom Elliott, the founder of multimedia firm Grabien, tweeted last week that “there would have been violence” if Trump had won November’s election because “Democrats have been endorsing violence as a political tactic throughout the Trump administration.”
Pelosi, for example, remarked that her approach to politics involved being “ready to throw a punch.”
“Not generally speaking unruly”
Her colleague, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), predicted “civil unrest” if Trump decided to fire former special counsel Robert Mueller.
Perhaps the most infamous example came from yet another California Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters, in 2018. At that time, she instructed her supporters to harass Trump staffers, declaring: “And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
Tweets and videos of these remarks from Democrats, however, remain largely accessible online, and none of the officials responsible for making them have been blocked from social media sites. Months of often destructive protests followed the death of George Floyd also demonstrated apparent media hypocrisy over the treatment of those demonstrations.
MSNBC’s Ali Velshi, for example, stood in front of a burning building in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when he declared that the scene was “not generally speaking unruly.” Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) went further by advocating for “unrest” in the streets.
Appearing in Texas on Tuesday, Trump took the opportunity to defend his rhetoric ahead of last week’s riot as “totally appropriate.”