It had been over a year since the riots that erupted after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody. The decision-makers at the time felt it was a good thing to have D.C. National Guards protecting national monuments.
So there they were, in minatory-style, lined up on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, ready to meet rioters who believed it was past time to overthrow the final statue.
Of course, there were no National Guard troops at the Capitol on Jan. 6, providing liberals with an excellent chance to compare and contrast photos:
The Trump Admin’s response to a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in D.C.
The Trump Admin’s response to violent domestic terrorists breaching and vandalizing our nation’s Capitol.
Remind me again how there aren’t two criminal justice systems in America? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/LpdmsjiG9l
— Congresswoman Marie Newman (@RepMarieNewman) January 6, 2021
#2020Election #Culture Photos show stark contrast in police response to Capitol riot vs. Black Lives Matter protests: It's a dark day in America. A mob of Trump supporters have breached Capitol… https://t.co/wrEBlgcB7b | https://t.co/9AaTTqXITl | https://t.co/mfR4u1I3JG pic.twitter.com/an1S7bIaOR
— eStream Studios (@eStream_Studios) January 6, 2021
Insane double standard. The picture on the right is from June 2020 and left is today. It shows if you support Trump you get away with murder..
— CEM OZKAN (@csozkan) January 6, 2021
The irony is that scenes from the George Floyd/Black Lives Matter protests may have played a role in the National Guard’s absence on Jan. 6. According to both the then-chief of the Capitol Police and the commanding general of D.C. National Guard, the “optics” of the Guard’s presence during the Floyd protests made officials wary of deploying troops.
According to the National Guard Bureau, there were “no security incidents involving the National Guard” during the inauguration, so you’d say it’s time for a swift drawdown.
However, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin authorized a request by the Capitol Police to maintain a 2,300-troop presence in the District for another two months on March 12, according to the Associated Press.
The most recent major threat to be identified in the media was “chatter” involving the insane QAnon-inspired theory that Donald Trump would be sworn in as the real president on March 4, the Constitution’s original Inauguration Day.
Here is an actual plot twist for you—that crock theory didn’t pan out, so there should be no need for a military presence in the nation’s capital.
Some enlisted military personnel wonder why—if we need these soldiers in D.C. because of the Capitol incursion—why didn’t we need them last summer during the Black Lives Matter-related riots? You know, the ones where we had soldiers deployed to the Lincoln Memorial, but only in cities like Seattle?
Those questions, according to the military’s top enlisted leader, are a Very Bad Thing.
Welcome to the Biden administration’s new awakened Pentagon.
According to Military.com, Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Ramón “CZ” Colón-López, the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s senior enlisted adviser, said during a Thursday media briefing that these troops were influenced by TV personalities, emphasizing the need for extremism training and superiors that are “quick to go ahead and correct them.”
“How come you’re not looking at the situation that was going on in Seattle prior to that?” Colón-López told reporters when the issue of the Jan. 6 riot was brought up.
Rather than asking why, Colón-López appears concerned about what they’ll do about it, stating that he’s “concerned about the way that some people are looking at the current environment.”
According to Military.com, Austin “ordered the stand-down Feb. 5 and gave units across the military 60 days to discuss extremism in the ranks with troops.” However, according to Colón-López, “as the training sessions took place, some themes emerged that worried leaders.”
Colón-López said the goal was “to make sure that military members understand the difference between Seattle and [the Jan. 6 riot in] Washington, D.C.”, according to McClatchy DC.
“But some of our younger members are confused about this, so that’s what we need to go ahead and talk to them about and educate them on, to make sure that they know exactly what they can and cannot do,” he claimed.
“Those are very, very tough conversations to have with people because sometimes they’re emotional about the subject,” Colón-López said, according to McClatchy DC.
“We cannot confuse a First Amendment grievance because of social injustice organization, and some of the criminals that latched on to go ahead and loot, destroy and commit other crimes. There’s two clear, distinct groups right there.”
No one is opposed to rooting out extremists. Still, the issue here isn’t just implicit bias, which suggests that a small group of violent extremists may identify a larger group of nonviolent people in one case. In contrast, in the other case, it shouldn’t.
I’m sure Colón-López recalls, but it sounds like he wants you to forget: Those “criminals that latched on to go ahead and loot, destroy and commit other crimes.” Cocon created a lawless six-block area known as “CHAZ”/”CHOP,” in which they illegally occupied a city block. Other organized acts of violence included the use of improvised explosive devices and the use of a metal baseball bat to crack a police officer’s helmet.
No, there hasn’t been another attack quite like the one on the Capitol on Jan. 6. But that isn’t the point. The question is whether we should have National Guard troops stationed in D.C. for such a long time in response to a violent incident that occurred over two months ago. But they were not stationed in Seattle—or other American cities—where violence was ongoing.
When it came to younger troops, Colón-López said that “we needed to educate them” about those pesky messages they might see on TV and why they shouldn’t trust them, lest they follow the primrose path to extremism.
He corrected himself, “No, that’s not what that meant,” “There were people advocating [against] social injustice, racial injustice and everything else, and it is the right of citizens.”