Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) asserted that the Capitol riot last week may not have happened had politicians taken a stronger stand against Black Lives Matter riots over the summer.
McClintock made the allegation during a House debate prior to the vote to impeach President Trump for the second time, when he slammed the Democrats’ impeachment article and said they should prepare to be held to the same standard of accountability they just set.
The California Republican said that Trump “was wrong to set such a confrontational tone in a politically tense situation” but reminded his colleagues that the president, prior to the Capitol riot, encouraged protesters to march to the Capitol to “peacefully and patriotically make their voices heard.”
“Every movement has a lunatic fringe. Suppressing free speech is not the answer. Holding rioters accountable for their actions is the answer, and we are,” McClintock said. “And if we’d prosecuted BLM and Antifa rioters with the same determination these