When the Senate reconvened Wednesday night after a multi-hour recess was called when protesters stormed the Capitol, Vice President Mike Pence opened the session by acknowledging the terrible events of the day, including the death of at least one protester. Pence didn’t use inflammatory rhetoric or seek to pin blame on one party or the other, but provided the calm reassurance that the Americans who aren’t consumed by politics and who don’t spend their time on Twitter needed. He was speaking as the Vice President of a country whose people are distraught and anxious, not as a partisan – even though the session he was opening was highly partisan.
As I’m sure another contributor will be covering, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) showed every sign of morphing back into spineless mode and being Sen. Chuck Schumer’s, well, b**ch. Why is it that when Republicans are in the minority (I’m not conceding Georgia here; simply going along with the mainstream assumption for sake of argument) they become completely subservient to the Democrats, while Democrats fight just as hard and spin just as many tall tales regardless of whether they’re the majority or the minority?
Speaking of Schumer, he went balls to the wall with the bombastic, inflammatory rhetoric for which he’s so well known as soon as he could lower the microphone to his mouth. We all knew he would blame Trump for what happened, but who knew he was going to summon his inner Jim Acosta and compare what happened at the Capitol Wednesday with Pearl Harbor?
Here we go.
Chuck Schumer tonight pinned the Capitol riots on Trump's incitement and said Jan. 6, 2021 would go down alongside the attack on Pearl Harbor as a day that will "live in infamy" https://t.co/mseVWT4MOa pic.twitter.com/7vcvpZos4v
— POLITICO (@politico) January 7, 2021
Schumer said (my commentary between paragraphs):
Mr. President, it is very, very difficult to put into words what has transpired today. I have never lived through or even imagined an experience like the one we have just witnessed in this Capitol.
So he wasn’t around in the 1970s when Weather Underground bombed the Capitol, the Pentagon, and the State Department?
President Franklin Roosevelt set aside December 7, 1941, as a day that will live in infamy. Unfortunately, we can now add January 6, 2021 to that very short list of dates in American history that will live forever in infamy. This temple to democracy was desecrated, its windows smashed, our offices vandalized.
Today in 1971 a bomb planted by the Weather Underground to protest the invasion of Laos caused damage but no injuries at the U.S. Capitol. pic.twitter.com/LdV1LUuAfb
— Words at War (@wordswarjournal) March 1, 2019
Schumer wasn’t done with his wartime references:
The world saw America’s elected officials hurriedly ushered out because they were in harm’s way. The House and Senate floors were places of shelter until the evacuation was ordered, leaving rioters to stalk these hallowed halls. Lawmakers and our staffs, average citizens who love their country, serve it every day, feared for their lives.
Pretty sure Sen. Rand Paul and his wife feared for their lives when they were forced to essentially do a perp walk through a group of Black Lives Matter and Antifa “peaceful protesters.” Where was the National Guard then? Where were the Capitol Police, who allegedly provide protection details for Members of Congress?
— Deneen Borelli (@deneenborelli) August 28, 2020
It’s as if all of this has already been memory-holed. Schumer then acknowledged that Ashli Babbitt senselessly lost her life Wednesday before continuing:
These images were projected to the world. Foreign embassies cabled their home capitals to report the harrowing scenes at the very heart of our democracy. This will be a stain on our country not so easily washed away. The final, terrible, indelible legacy of the 45th President of the United States, undoubtedly our worst.
Stunning. So all of the images of Black Lives Mater and Antifa in Washington, D.C. weren’t harrowing or a stain on our country?
— Vernon (@ReduxVernon) January 6, 2021
Cognitive dissonance, thy name is Chuck Schumer.
I want to be very clear. Those who performed these reprehensible acts cannot be called protesters. No, these were rioters and insurrectionists, goons and thugs, domestic terrorists. They do not represent America. They were a few thousand violent extremists who tried to take over the Capitol building and attack our democracy. They must and should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law….they should be provided no leniency.
Goons and thugs? Aren’t those racist descriptors? And this whole “no leniency” thing goes against the “defund the police” narrative you parrot. Is it different because you are the “victim” or is it different because of which politician the protesters support?
I want to thank the many in the Capitol Hill Police and Secret Service and local police who kept us safe today and…worked to clear the Capitol and return it to its rightful owners and its rightful purpose.
Who are the Capitol’s rightful owners? Hmm?
Make no mistake, my friends. Today’s events did not happen spontaneously.
Oh, that’s absolutely true. Are you going to dig into that, Sen. Schumer?
The President who promoted conspiracy theories that motivated these thugs, the President who exhorted them to come to our nation’s capital, egged them on….This President bears a great deal of the blame. This mob was in great part President Trump’s doing, incited by his words, his lies. This violence, in good part, his responsibility, his everlasting shame. Today’s events certainly, certainly, would not have happened without him.
Hmm, apparently not.
Now January 6 will go down as one of the darkest days in recent American history, a final warning to our nation about the consequences of a demagogic president, the people who enable him, the captive media that parrots his lies, and the people who follow him as he attempts to push America to the brink of ruin…Let us remember, in the end, all this mob has really accomplished is to delay our work for a few hours.
It’s amazing to watch Schumer say all of this with a straight face. The captive media? Even CNN acknowledged recently that they were basically running a 24/7 “fact-checking” operation on Trump and that they’ll be able to relax with a Biden administration. And demagoguery? Look in the freaking mirror.
Sadly, we know who Chuck Schumer is. He knows exactly what he’s doing. His level of demagoguery is difficult to achieve without a co-existing sociopathic personality disorder. Equating a group of entitled lawmakers (on both sides) who had to shelter in place for a few hours with what happened on December 7, 1941? Disgusting.