When supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, disrupting the certification of the results of the 2020 election, it was made out by Democrats and those in the media as a protest against democracy — one that amounted to an “insurrection,” even.
Those same voices are eerily quiet now, however, even as reports indicate that a mob of demonstrators chanting “Black lives matter” prompted a lockdown at the Oklahoma Capitol on Wednesday.
According to Fox News, the demonstrators took particular exception to a handful of bills put forth by the Republican-controlled state legislature, including two they reportedly described as “anti-protest” and “anti-transgender.”
Mob storms Capitol
Local ABC affiliate KOCO reported that the Oklahoma House of Representatives was forced to halt its work and briefly lock everything down after dozens of protesters who had filled the upper gallery began chanting and hurling threats at the lawmakers on the floor below them.
After several moments of disruption, the protesters were ushered out of the chamber, and order was eventually restored, allowing lawmakers to get back to work.
It remains unclear if anyone was arrested in connection with the disruption.
— Dillon Richards (@KOCODillon) April 21, 2021
Left cries foul
According to local NBC affiliate KFOR, the demonstration was organized by the Collegiate Freedom and Justice Coalition.
“You cannot just run somebody over and it be OK because your justification is you felt you were threatened,” the group’s founder and president, Adriana Laws, told KFOR. “I feel threatened every day as a Black woman in society.”
Among other things, the protesters decried a recently signed law increasing penalties for protesters who block traffic and granting immunity for civil and criminal liability to motorists who injure or kill demonstrators while driving, according to Fox News. The law would also hold organizers of such protests criminally and financially responsible.
Another recently signed measure denounced by protesters would criminalize the “doxxing” of law enforcement and public officials — i.e., posting their private information, like their home addresses, online in an effort to intimidate or threaten them.
The protesters also took issue with a Senate bill still under consideration that would bar biological men from competing in women’s sports, a move those on the left view as discriminatory toward transgender individuals, but that those on the right see as necessary to protect women and girls from being forced to compete against opponents with a biological advantage.