Picture this as a legal defense: “Your honor, my client cannot be held accountable for his actions because other people have done things that we think are the same.” It’s not difficult to imagine a judge’s response to that, and that response is no different than the one that the majority of Americans have to that argument now.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 10, 2021
The day that his father, the twice-impeached one-term former president who never won the popular vote, faced his second trial in the Senate for serious crimes, Donald Trump, Jr. went on Fox News to complain that Democrats had made incendiary remarks, too. He focused on figures like Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) as examples of politicians making these remarks while ignoring the fact that no insurrections occurred as a result of those remarks. The Republican Party seems to have embraced this approach.
What Democrats didn’t show you today. pic.twitter.com/PSwM0fYKTx
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) February 9, 2021
There is a clear difference between the pushback against Trump’s family separation plan, a plan that took nursing babies from their mother’s arms to be separated permanently, as well as the protests over the summer that a few people took advantage of, in comparison to Trump’s speech on Jan. 6, 2021 and his actions beforehand. The biggest difference is that Americans would have been enraged regardless of which Democrats said they should be over children placed in cages. The protests that, at times, turned into violence were going to happen and have happened many times in the past when black Americans have been mistreated by the police and their government.
None of what happened on January 6 would have happened if Trump were removed from the equation. Had Trump not spent two months spreading a lie that the election had been stolen from him, had he not told supporters to flock to the Capitol Building to stop a constitutionally-mandated process by the United States legislature, had he not goaded the insurrectionists who were at the time screaming about hanging the vice president and erecting a gallows pole to do so by tweeting that Mike Pence had let them down, there would have been no insurrection, and five people would still be alive today.
But he did do those things. And for that, he should be held accountable.
Twitter was disgusted by Junior’s “whatabout-ism,” his favorite fallback position to excuse his father’s criminal acts. Read some of their comments below: