The three worst takes on rioting all come from the Democrat, media, and anti-Trump camps, respectively. The narrative, now the polls are showing Biden’s lead narrowing, is that Trump is somehow, cynically “turning the unrest to his benefit.” That’s the actual headline in this morning’s L.A. Times piece by Laura King.
Finally, Joe Biden condemned the violence while speaking to a National Guard audience, and challenged the president to stop “recklessly encouraging” it.
They sound as if the president himself caused BLM, Antifa, and a motivated phalanx of thugs, thieves, and opportunists to materialize just when he needed them so he could condemn Democrats for failing to stop it. The truth is closer to the opposite, as most Americans know (even the ones in the liberal bubble know it but refuse to acknowledge it).
Of course, Biden and King are referring to 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot and killed two men in Kenosha (who, according to video evidence, seemed to be intent on harming or killing him). Yes, Rittenhouse wasn’t old enough to legally possess an AR-15. Yes, he shouldn’t have driven 20 miles, armed, to render aid to police and the injured in Kenosha (Rittenhouse is a certified EMT). Yes, the men he shot were not paragons of lawfulness and virtue themselves (but Rittenhouse didn’t know that). Yes, Rittenhouse will face charges.
Hanging Trump because he liked a tweet where a supporter wrote Rittenhouse is “a good example of why I decided to vote for Trump” is really an example of how broken many of the Democrats, the media and the anti-Trump people are. In their minds, Trump caused all of this because he won and he’s divisive, and he regularly exaggerates, boasts, says whack-a-doodle things that pop into his mind, and is in general a troll. But mostly, because Trump won in 2016 and they’ve been trying to get rid of him ever since.
The more they rave, the more they tacitly endorse and wink and nod at violence aimed at ousting Trump, the more voters who are harmed, shocked and scared by the violence look at Trump as the better alternative to the raving mobs and their enablers. The fact that this helps Trump, and that Trump knows it helps him can’t be blamed on Trump.
And worst of all, here’s Evan McMullin, who was supposed to be a reasonable alternative to Trump in 2016, and who robbed me and many others of our vote in that election by seeming to be something he never was, implying that more rioting, vandalizing and looting would be just peachy, if it wasn’t hurting Trump.
He tweeted “If you’re out there rioting and vandalizing, you’re helping Trump win. He’s exploiting you. Please stop.”
When Trump wins in November because of this (and I believe he will, barring some turn of events), the Democrats, the media and the anti-Trump broken people will blame the voters for helping Trump win.
They will give the rioters, looters, and violent thugs a pass and blame the suburban voters who want law and order in the streets, stability in their 401(k) retirement accounts, and a job to pay the bills because Trump wants those things too, while Democrats in power are more than happy to (have you, but not them) sacrifice all of it to obtain and retain control.
It’s a terrible take, and it’s the reason people are deciding to vote for Trump.