Jan. 6, 2021 was a sad day for America, but some of the ways the left marked the Capitol riot’s first anniversary were hard not to laugh at.
They’re doing it wrong.
Congressional Democrats, members of the media and Hollywood stars joined forces Thursday to stage an “insurrection”-themed pageant of national proportions: Here’s a countdown of the top 10 highlights, along with a Twitter laugh track.
10. Vice President Kamala Harris:
Vice President Kamala Harris begins her remarks on Jan. 6, remembering dates when "our democracy came under assault." pic.twitter.com/nwVb1gx4dT
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 6, 2022
9. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D. Wash.:
On January 6th, I didn’t know if I’d make it out alive or if our democracy itself would survive.
A year later, we must do all we can to protect our democracy by passing voting rights legislation — to fight back against voter suppression and the Big Lie. pic.twitter.com/AAkmPvpYsx
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) January 7, 2022
8. Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Penn.:
Wow, I understand why he waited so long to share this. Definitely the most shockingly "extreme" images I've ever seen pic.twitter.com/ueurmRTfT2
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) January 6, 2022
7. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.:
No offense, bro, but I think you'd be better off farting on people rather than fighting. https://t.co/oVGPjegcTK
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) January 7, 2022
6. Sari Beth Roseberg, an educator, writer and PBS host:
— Mrs.Sunshine ❄️ (@SunshineMama20) January 6, 2022
5. Jim McDermott, an associate editor at America magazine:
We don’t expect to see a Muppet so completely lose it. But today of all days, Elmo reminds us that it is totally appropriate to call out what is only pretend and say, “No, that’s not right.” https://t.co/EW625cNqDg
— America Magazine (@americamag) January 7, 2022
4. Ibram X. Kendi, a celebrity antiracist activist:
Know what the ultimate diversion is? White supremacy. On the anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, @DrIbram X. Kendi, director of @AntiracismCtr @BU_Tweets, @macfound fellow, highlights the danger of misdirection in matters of democracy. White ≠ safe. Black ≠ dangerous. pic.twitter.com/pT0jGdO0ne
— The Emancipator (@the_emancipator) January 5, 2022
3. “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”:
2. S.V. Date, a senior White House correspondent at HuffPost:
— Damin Toell (@damintoell) January 6, 2022
1. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (featuring the cast of “Hamilton”):
Genuinely thought this was a joke — albeit a too-on-the-nose joke — when I first saw people discussing it https://t.co/mxMM4dsM8q
— Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) January 6, 2022
Even some harsh critics of the Jan. 6 riot have argued liberals’ hypocritical sensationalization of the date for political gain has been counterproductive.
One conclusion that I came away with after reading a cajillion Democracy In Peril words this week, is that whatever the sins of journalistic bothsidesism, they are not improved upon by onesidesism. https://t.co/lCIkWJDv3t
— Matt Welch (@MattWelch) January 6, 2022
“America is beset by ongoing problems of populism, political violence, and whackaloonery, and it’s an ongoing disgrace that a significant chunk of a major political party still indulges in the pathologies that contributed to last year’s traumatic riot and disrupted the transfer of power,” Reason editor Matt Welch wrote Thursday.
- “But the road back from that insanity is not going to be built best by erasing the existence of non-Trumpy Republicans and treating every boring political interaction as a life-or-death struggle for the republic itself. Two-party systems produce partisan pendulum swings; that’s what they do. Will the country, and its news media, be able to cope?”