Here’s why experts and lawmakers say you can’t compare Black Lives Matter protesters to the US Capitol mob


By Nicole Chavez | CNN

Hours before President Donald Trump was impeached for his role in inciting last week’s deadly attack, several lawmakers described the rioters as White supremacists.

“Let us be clear, this was a domestic terror attack perpetrated by riotist mobs of White supremacists, armed equipped and many skilled in police and military tactics who came to overturn an election in which their candidate Trump lost,” Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus said in the group’s hearing.

During the impeachment debate Wednesday to excoriate Trump, Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri, who was a veteran BLM activist before becoming a legislator, called the President “White supremacist in chief.”

“Madam Speaker, St. Louis and I rise in support of the article of impeachment against Donald J Trump. If we fail to remove a White supremacist President who incited a white supremacist insurrection, it’s communities like Missouri’s First District that suffer the most,” Bush said during her speech.

Rioters stormed the US Capitol building last week, unleashing a wave of comparisons to last year’s Black Lives Matter protests. The difference in police response was striking and there’s more that sets them apart.

People marched by the thousands in both after believing that a wrong had been done to them. The calls for racial justice across America over the summer were backed by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and the pain of following generations of anti-Blackness sentiment. Unlike BLM protests, the insurrection at the Capitol was triggered by lies and deeply rooted racist stereotypes, experts say.

Convinced that the presidential election was stolen, rioters touted themselves as “patriots” and repeatedly chanted “USA, USA” while vandalizing and destroying the building at the heart of America’s democracy. Trump, who has embraced dog whistle tactics such as calling Mexicans “rapists” and called the words Black Lives Matter a “symbol of hate,” incited them.

“Once something like that feels true, you can’t dissuade them with the facts,” said Ian Haney López, the author of “Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class.”

Here’s a look what’s driven the Black Lives Matter movement for nearly a decade and why Trump supporters broke into the Capitol:

False and debunked claims drew thousands to the Capitol

After weeks of hearing false claims that the presidential election was rigged, Trump supporters flocked to Washington to fight against the ceremonial counting of the electoral votes that would confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

Hours before the insurrection, Trump addressed a crowd of supporters gathered on the Ellipse near the White House, fanning false allegations of voter fraud and telling them to “fight like hell.”

“I absolutely stand 100% behind what happened here today,” Todd Possett, who was part of last week’s mob, told CNN’s Donie Sullivan. “It’s terrible how this election was stolen. I had to come …read more

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