President Joe Biden turned the rhetoric up to eleven during his first address to Congress by comparing a small riot at the Capitol Building to one of the bloodiest wars in America’s history.
The comparison came during the president’s opening remarks, which highlighted the political challenges of the day in what can only be called the most fearful way possible.
“I stand here tonight one day shy of the 100th day of my administration,” Biden said. “A hundred days since I took the oath of office, lifted my hand off our family Bible and inherited a nation — we all did — that was in crisis. The worst pandemic in a century. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War. Now, after just 100 days, I can report to the nation, America is on the move again.”
The storming of the U.S. Capitol Building occurred on the heels of a speech delivered by then-President Donald Trump, who would later be censored on all major social media services following the event. Participants made up only a small fraction of the thousands that attended the pro-Trump rally, which was staged to express distrust with the way the 2020 election was handled.
All told, around 140 injuries were reported. Five deaths were recorded — at least one of which was at the hands of a Capitol police officer. No investigations into that altercation are pending.
The U.S. Civil War, on the other hand, ended with an estimated 620,000 to 750,000 dead soldiers — and an unknown number of civilian casualties. It is still remembered by historians as the deadliest conflict in the history of the country — and would hold the highest casualty count of any armed conflict before the Vietnam War a century later.
Make no mistake about it, comparing this bleak episode of American history to a random riot that lasted a matter of hours is intentional gaslighting. There is simply no comparison. American soldiers gunning each other down cannot be compared to a bunch of bumbling idiots dressed in viking costumes — who may or may not have stolen a couple of chairs or something. It’s worth noting that Congress was able to reconvene on the same day as the riot to perform their duty and certify the election results for 2020. Rioters were not able to stop them.
In other words, this wasn’t exactly an “insurrection” as much as it was a bunch of stupidity occurring at once. However, the media continues to hold the riot up as a reason to black list Trump supporters in Congress and everywhere else.
Biden and the Democrats have a vested interest in making what happened on January 6th to appear as existentially threatening as possible. Progressive firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has already been caught lying about her own experiences during that day since it was revealed that she was no where close to the rioters at the time the riot occurred.
Going forward, expect the lies about this incident to continue piling up. This will be their talking point in 2022 and again in 2024 — and it’s going to fail.