In the course of the rise of the Black Lives Matter protests following the killing of George Floyd final summer time, Donald Trump and his loyalists ceaselessly shouted empty slogans like “regulation and order” and “blue lives matter” as their primary counterpoints.
They claimed that anybody calling for a extra accountable, equal justice system have to be anti-police.
However after MAGA insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol in a violent coup try that killed 5 folks, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, the phoniness of their regulation enforcement rhetoric has been uncovered.
On the White Home, Trump hasn’t weighed in on the killing, and he has but to order flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the fallen officer.
As CNN’s Kaitlan Collins reported on Friday, “For unexplained causes, the White Home didn’t decrease flags to half-staff in the present day in honor of the Capitol Police officer, Brian Sicknick, who died final night time from accidents he sustained whereas on obligation responding to the pro-Trump mob.”
For unexplained causes, the White Home didn’t decrease flags to half-staff in the present day in honor of the Capitol Police officer, Brian Sicknick, who died final night time from accidents he sustained whereas on obligation responding to the pro-Trump mob. The Capitol did decrease flags in the present day.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 9, 2021
In the meantime, Nancy Pelosi immediately ordered flags to be flown at half-staff to honor Sicknick.
As Trump and different within the MAGA orbit both don’t weigh in in any respect on the officer’s homicide, or drag their ft earlier than issuing a half-hearted assertion, they wasted no time in waging all-out battle on Twitter for having the nerve to completely ban Donald Trump.
Of us like Ted Cruz, one of many seditionists liable for this week’s violent riot, lashed out on Twitter.
Large Tech’s PURGE, censorship & abuse of energy is absurd & profoundly harmful.
When you agree w/ Tech’s present biases (Iran, good; Trump, dangerous), ask your self, what occurs whenever you disagree?
Why ought to a handful of Silicon Valley billionaires have a monopoly on political speech? https://t.co/ehgVYtHX7H
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 9, 2021
Donald Trump Jr., who additionally revved up the mob this week earlier than they stormed the Capitol, threw a tantrum, saying, “Free-speech now not exists in America.”
We live Orwell’s 1984. Free-speech now not exists in America. It died with large tech and what’s left is simply there for a selected few.
That is absolute madness! https://t.co/s2z8ymFsLX
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 9, 2021
Others within the MAGA orbit, from QAnon congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene to gun-toting Rep. Lauren Boebert, didn’t maintain again in condemning Twitter for taking away Donald Trump’s favourite microphone.
‘Blue Lives Matter’ was at all times an empty slogan
On the finish of the day, it’s fairly clear that regulation enforcement officers by no means really mattered to MAGA world. Like well-trained troopers, they simply repeated no matter Donald Trump shouted from his rally podium or Twitter feed.
All alongside, “blue lives matter” was truly simply an empty slogan used to masks their very own racism at a time when America’s systemic inequality was being uncovered for the world to see.
After the riot on the U.S. Capitol this week – an assault that left one officer lifeless and dozens injured – Donald Trump and his band of MAGA extremists have made it clear simply how little they honestly care about these “blue” lives.
Sean Colarossi at present resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts diploma in Journalism from the College of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for each of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He additionally labored with Deliberate Parenthood as an Inexpensive Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, serving to northeast Ohio residents receive medical health insurance protection.