Most Democrats respond to accusations of double standards by simply ignoring them. Bolder types, like PBS anchor Yamiche Alcindor, own the hypocrisy.
As former President Donald Trump’s enemies attempt to charge him with “insurrection,” Alcindor excused Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and other Democrats who have encouraged political violence, Breitbart reported.
PBS anchor defends Democrats
Democrats are seeking to argue this week that Trump incited “insurrection” by him claiming that the 2020 election was rigged, and then allegedly exciting a mob of his supporters to storm the Capitol.
In response to reports that Trump’s lawyers plan to highlight extreme comments from Democrats at the impeachment trial, Alcindor argued that there is no comparison since no violence resulted from those “fiery speeches.”
“But I think the thing that’s going to be so obvious is going to be that there wasn’t a storming of the Capitol after Maxine Waters or Senator Harris — then-Senator Harris had fiery speeches. So I think that’s all the things that we should be watching, how they juxtapose this at the scene of where this happened,” she said.
As a factual matter, Alcindor’s claim is disputable.
As many conservatives have observed, Democrats made no attempt to chasten violent mobs that rioted across the country this summer, and in some cases even seemed to encourage them.
Trump’s lawyers and allies have pointed to Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) demanding “unrest” in the streets, for example, and a comment from Waters calling to harass Trump staffers in public has been held up as an evergreen, proof-positive case of incitement.
Trump is expected to be acquitted when the trial concludes in a matter of days, but that doesn’t mean it will be without dramatics, with Democrats deploying sensational videos of the Capitol riot to drive their argument.
But Trump lawyer Bruce Castor has mentioned video of “cities burning and courthouses being attacked and federal agents being assaulted by rioters,” in a preview of things to come.
Currently, Democrats are engaged in opening arguments, and Trump’s lawyers will have a chance to respond later this week.