The Democrats marked a year since the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill with a widely expected blitz of sentimental propaganda — and partisan chest-thumping.
A Democrat who serves on the special House committee investigating the unrest, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), made his contribution to the cause by boastfully declaring that the Republican Party is “standing with” fascists and destined for history’s dustbin.
“On our side”
Democrats milked the anniversary for all it was worth with speeches and other “solemn” observances, all meant to characterize former President Donald Trump and his supporters as domestic terrorists and paint the unrest as akin to the Pearl Harbor attack and even 9/11.
Raskin did his piece at a “candlelight vigil” near the Capitol that was organized in part by an antifascist group, Breitbart reported.
There, he mocked Republicans as “authoritarians” doomed by immigration bringing “new Americans” into the country.
“The young people on our side. The new Americans are on our side. They are a shrinking minority party standing with the most authoritarian, fascistic elements of the whole country,” Raskin said of the GOP, according to Breitbart.
Raskin, apparently, has no sense of irony. The House Jan. 6 committee, on which he serves, has treated the Constitution like tissue paper by demanding the private phone records of people who have not been accused of crimes — unless protesting the 2020 election is now against the law somehow.
Pushing the narrative
Indeed, Raskin is a seasoned veteran of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) witch hunts, having also played a leading role in Trump’s second impeachment for allegedly inciting an insurrection.
According to Breitbart, the Democrat congressman also applauded anti-Trump GOP Reps. Adam Kinzinger (IL) and Liz Cheney (WY) on Thursday for participating as the token Republicans hand-picked by Pelosi for the panel, and accused members of the GOP of being “phony” by failing to support Capitol Police against the rioters.
Raskin went on to tie the so-called insurrection to the Democratic Party’s “democracy” narrative, as he accused Republicans of “voter suppression” by failing to support ending the Senate filibuster so Democrats can pass whatever legislation they want through Congress with a simple majority.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) likewise marked the day by calling for a sweeping transformation of America’s electoral system — one he claimed was necessary to stop future “insurrections,” of course — and showering praise on Capitol Police.
In his statement, Schumer said “state legislatures are working day and night to undermine our democratic process from the get-go” and insisted “we must pass legislation, effective legislation, to defend our democracy, to protect the right to vote.”