Over the summer of 2020, cities across the United States devolved into deadly civil unrest following protests linked to the Black Lives Matter movement.
In the wake of riots on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, however, Fox News Channel host Greg Gutfeld addressed what he saw as a double standard.
“So we must remain consistent”
Yet while many in the mainstream media sought to characterize that movement as mostly peaceful, the same entities are largely condemning President Donald Trump for supposedly inciting this week’s siege on the Capitol building. In a segment of The Five on Thursday, Gutfeld took note of the apparent hypocrisy.
“Vandalism and looting, whether it’s in D.C. or Portland, SoHo, Kenosha, Minneapolis, Seattle, it’s all bad no matter who’s doing it,” he declared “So we must remain consistent.”
The host seemed to speak for conservatives when he described the way some treat the protests in D.C.
“We are better than them”
“That’s what makes us different from the rest,” Gutfeld added. “We don’t play favorites with mobs. The other side does, but we don’t.”
He noted that he was “outraged over violence every single day this summer,” noting that he witnessed his “neighborhood trashed” as a result, but attempted to maintain the same mentality in the wake of the more recent riot.
“Still, I condemn this equally because we aren’t them,” Gutfeld said. “We are better than them.”
“Pick and choose their favorite protesters”
Unlike some efforts to secure the release of those involved in the BLM protests, he declared that America “will not see Republicans bailing out those who were arrested” in the nation’s capital.
“So Americans do not need lectures from hypocrites in hair and makeup who pick and choose their favorite protesters, right?” he continued.
Days away from the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, Gutfeld concluded with some advice for the incoming administration, declaring that “half a country feels that they have been disenfranchised, that they’ve been disrespected” and urging Biden not to “sit there and act like the tough guy.”