Where Are the Rubber Bullets Now?
As armed protesters storm the Washington D.C. capitol, the lack of police action is appalling
Washington D.C. has descended into chaos. And Donald Trump is directly responsible.
Behind a wall of bulletproof plexiglass, Trump spoke for over an hour to the protest crowd gathered to show support for the “Stop the Steal” campaign. Their rally was called the March to Save America.
Trump seemed more than willing to stoke the embers of unrest that were brimming beneath the surface of the crowd. He told them blatantly that the Democrats were intent on stealing the election from them. He then urged them to march toward the capitol “peacefully” and let their voices be heard. Things seemed to get worse, when during their March, Trump tweeted out that Mike Pence lacked the courage to overturn the electoral votes.
As I write this, the Senate and House buildings have been evacuated. Protesters, seemingly at the urging of Trump, who told them they must “show strength,” “we will never concede,” and “fight for their country,” have clashed with police, pushing past barricades and storming buildings. There have been reports of armed standoffs taking place within the Capitol.
As congressmen/women have been forced to shelter in place and retreat to their cloak rooms, protesters have been seen using scaffolds to reach windows of private chambers of politicians such as Mitch McConnell. There are photographs of protesters inside private offices, sitting in their chairs. A protester reportedly entered Nancy Pelosi’s office and left a threatening letter on her desk.
Tear gas has been dispersed. But one thing of note, unlike how protesters were cleared or beaten from the area where Donald Trump needed to take a photo with a Bible, no such usage of force has been displayed against these protesters. Maybe because they’re e armed. Or maybe because they are not with Black Lives Matter.
There is a report that a woman was shot and apparently has died from the gunshot wound at the White House, though it still remains unclear if the shots were fired by police or protesters.
At any rate, thus far we’ve seen no use of rubber bullets. No use of or threats of the National Guard. (edit: the National Guard has since been mobilized). Instead, armed people were allowed into our government offices, to stand at the dais of the Senate and shout, “Donald Trump won this election!”
This is indeed a sad day for America. The protesters may have succeeded in pausing the certification of the election results, which were in the process of being completed when the riot began, but ultimately this action will not prevent Trump’s loss. This is not how the system works. Violence and riots are not rewarded. Breaking the law is not rewarded.
At the end of the day, Joe Biden will be the next president of these United States, and Donald Trump will have to face the consequences of his many actions. Or he will attempt to flee the country in shame.
Either way, all this protest is accomplishing is putting yet another horrific blemish on the legacy of the Trump Administration, a presidency that will be forever remembered for its shamelessness, its lies, and its tendency toward absurdity.
To highlight the inherent differences between these people, Joe Biden went on the air and pleaded for a return to decency and honor. He pleaded for Donald Trump to go on national television and ask the protesters to stop their insurrection attempt.
Trump finally did issue a recorded video, presumably from his bunker, in which he again reiterated that he understood people were angry for having their elections stolen from them, and he told the domestic terrorists that he loved them, and they were special, on top of then asking for peace. Again Trump tries to appeal to both sides so that he can eschew blame for clearly instigating the violence.
Let’s hope this ends quickly so that we can begin to heal.