Conservative arguments about the Capitol riots
MAGA is the ideology, MAGA are the people, and insurrection is what happens when MAGA the people follow MAGA the ideology. Let’s review the 4 most common arguments conservatives use to rationalize the Capitol riot:
Denial – it wasn’t MAGA, it was antifa and other left wing actors dressed up as MAGA. This is conservative doublethink at its very core – denying your own eyes, the emperor has no clothes. 69% of republicans believe antifa was involved according to a Newsweek poll, an eye-rolling statistic.
Downplay – it wasn’t that bad, it wasn’t an insurrection, the rioters were just posing for selfies. According to trump it was “zero threat” and the rioters were “hugging and kissing” the officers. Rep. Andrew Clyde said it was a “normal tourist visit” with the rioters behaving “in an orderly fashion” (fun side note, there are pics of Clyde helping barricade the doors). The injuries weren’t that bad, only one person died, etc. Meticulous parsing of language (what constitutes a “serious” injury, what constitutes a “serious” crime).
Deflect – the Capitol riot was bad, but [other riot] was worse! BLM commonly used for comparison here. Classic whataboutism, and as we have agreed, no logical connection. The thing that surprised me about this argument was the degree of self-righteous indignation from conservatives. The MAGA insurrection somehow added fuel to the “conservative anger fire” about BLM.
Move on – it’s in the past, let’s just forget about it, we need to move on as a country, etc. Considering that the previous 3 arguments are easily refutable, this is the final argument that conservatives are trying to make… DESPERATELY before the 2022 midterms.
Fortunately the congressional inquiry is moving forward, and it will provide a comprehensive, bipartisan, conclusive refutation to all 4 of these arguments.
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