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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Protesters gather on the second day of pro-Trump events fueled by President Donald Trump's continued claims of election fraud in an to overturn the results before Congress finalizes them in a joint session of the 117th Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

When pro-Trump extremists stormed the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, reports appeared of “protesters” wreaking havoc as Congress started counting the electoral votes to validate Joe Biden’s presidential triumph. What took location at the nation’s Capitol on Jan. 6 was not a demonstration, which by definition, is a public demonstration that expresses dissent toward a concept. The reality is that thousands of armed Trump fans deliberately charged the structure in an effort to prevent Congress from exercising their constitutional responsibility and perpetuate Trump’s false claims of election scams.

Following police’s inactiveness and absence of resistance toward these aggressive rioters, lots of politicians, journalists, public figures, and Twitter users have knocked the striking double requirement in the handling of the pro-Trump mob compared to the reaction toward Black and brown protesters in the past. Yet the actions of these two groups are not alike– one objected actual, quantifiable oppressions in an effort to produce modification, while the other is using violence to subdue our democracy in support of an unwarranted conspiracy theory.

Black and brown individuals who participated in presentations over the summer season to condemn bigotry and the unfair killing of George Floyd were tear-gassed, apprehended, and shot by police officers, though the protesters themselves were primarily serene. According to a report by The Armed Conflict Area & Event Data Task, a nonprofit that researches political violence and protests, more than 93 percent of demonstrations that took place in the wake of Floyd’s death, in between May 26 and Aug. 22, were peaceful.

Despite the reports, Trump and lots of Republican leaders described these demonstrators as “punks,” “criminals and vandals,” and “anarchists,” and maintained the incorrect story that all individuals in these demonstrations were dangerous and violent. Trump’s reaction to nonviolent demonstrators was, “When the robbery begins, the shooting starts.” These reactions were not just factually inaccurate, they were merely racist.

Yet when it came to the violent extremists who charged the Capitol on Jan. 6, Trump explained these rioters as “really unique” patriots “who have been terribly and unjustly dealt with for so long.” Galvanized by a sitting president, these armed rioters not just broke through barriers to charge the Capitol, however they did so while casually recording and taking pictures of themselves. They happily ruined the complex, even breaking into Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, as Congress members were forced into lockdown.

What was almost more disturbing than the violent acts themselves was police’s response to the attack. In stark contrast to the excessive force we saw utilized by authorities throughout demonstrations over the summertime, Capitol policeman satisfied the pro-Trump rioters with little to no resistance. Police officers were even seen taking selfies with rioters and thoroughly walking them down the actions of the Capitol. These rioters are not protesters. They forcefully and purposefully breached the country’s Capitol, thus the criminal acts they’ve devoted make them domestic terrorists, and they ought to be treated as such.

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