Something occurred to me today: the people who are a thousand percent certain the Capitol melee last week was the fault of Trump supporters alone have the same fervent passion to believe they’re correct as the ones who insist the whole thing was planned and incited by antifa.
Both narratives are crumbling in the days following the event, as we learn at least one leftwing activist was on hand, has been arrested, and is spilling what he knows. But there are very clearly MAGA supporters engaged in roaming the Capitol halls and contributing to the idiocy, as video footage shows. Ashli Babbitt, the woman shot and killed, was one. John Sullivan, a known BLM/antifa-affiliated “citizen journalist” was standing right next to her, encouraging her, when she was shot. He’s now in custody, along with 40 some odd other people who took part in the vandalism and violence on January 6. And the DOJ has warned that those who contributed to the madness and happened to have a cell phone turned on while on Capitol grounds will also be found.
It’s going to be interesting to see who all these people turn out to be. But I’d be willing to wager that it’s going to be a mix; some there because they supported Trump, some there for nearly the opposite reason. The need to blame one side or the other as totally at fault is always confusing when it comes to chaos. It’s almost never that easy. Especially in politics.
And journalists — especially inside the beltway — ought to know better.
I talk about that on the show today. I also review the worthwhile and heart tugging “News of the World” (trailer below) and talk about what the entertainment industry really wants when they say they support progressive policies for the good of mankind (spoiler: it’s really about them).
Take 30 minutes and see if you agree.