Democrats desperately push the ‘peaceful protesters’ delusion
The most striking feature of Monday night’s virtual substitute for an opening to the Democratic National Convention was the pervasive effort to sell an utterly fictitious narrative of the civil unrest that has shaken the country this summer.
Complete denials and timid justifications of the violence and destruction have become par for the course in the Democratic Party. No leading Democrat has even acknowledged the pervasive violence among what they universally describe as “mostly peaceful protests.”
They chose to ignore antifa and Black Lives Matter-affiliated militants even as they burned police stations, tore down monuments to our war dead and Founding Fathers, assaulted police officers, looted hundreds of stores, blocked highways, declared a section of downtown Seattle separate from American law, and — yes — killed innocent people. They told us it was all a “myth,” even assuring us that the separatists who would soon start killing people in Seattle were just having a “summer of love” block party. Democrats have kept up this strategy to this day, even as their “mostly peaceful protesters” continue to drag innocent people from cars and beat them unconscious.
Even that policy of blanket denial, however, could not have prepared viewers for the propaganda displayed Monday night. Monotonous montages showed happy, well-adjusted protesters, universally well-distanced and wearing masks. It bore little similarity to the images Americans have been seeing on their televisions, which have shown tens of thousands of raucous demonstrators packed closely together, clashing violently with police and looting businesses, with hardly a face mask in sight.
The Democrats clearly want us to forget that they once told us that a thousand people “twerking” in the street was okay as long it was for a good cause, even while people were prohibited from attending family funerals during the coronavirus pandemic regardless of the precautions they were willing to take.
The speakers of the night were no better than the sappy, sentimental imagery behind them.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser waxed poetic about how she rewarded the “protesters” by creating “Black Lives Matter Plaza” in front of the White House, with no mention of the widespread violence, vandalism of war memorials, attempts to pull down Andrew Jackson’s statue, or even the fact that activists promptly augmented her taxpayer-funded Black Lives Matter street mural with an equally large “Defund the Police” message.
Headliner Michelle Obama decried “pepper spray and rubber bullets” being used on “peaceful protesters” for a “photo op,” neglecting to mention that the protesters in question had lit a historic church on fire, hurled projectiles at police, and repeatedly ignored lawful orders to move away from the White House gates in the hours before they were dispersed.
Never once did Obama or any other speaker during the opening night of the convention mention that the protesters frequently carried communist and anarchist flags, sought to justify their looting as “reparations,” and promised to “burn down the system” if they don’t get what they want. Instead, they gave us a sanitized version of the story, in which people of all walks of life march for “unity” and “peace” set to a backdrop of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.
The farcical nature of this exercise reached its climax when, as most networks cut away to their regular programming, aging rocker Stephen Stills teamed up with Broadway singer and actor Billy Porter to perform a must-be-seen-to-be-believed rendition of his ultimate baby boomer protest anthem, “For What It’s Worth.” The juxtaposition of the hippie anthem over Black Lives Matter banners and the clenched fists of revolutionaries served as a forceful reminder that the Democratic Party once again is trying to sell a delusional fantasy to the American people.
Bernard B. Kerik was the first deputy and commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction, from 1995-2000. As NYPD commissioner from 2000-2001, he oversaw its response to the 9/11 attack. He founded the Kerik Group, which provides clients with homeland security, police and correctional training, criminal justice and prison-reform strategies.