WATCH: Senator Josh Hawley Falls Back On Whataboutism To Divert From Impeachment Trial

On January 6th, violent insurrectionists entered the U.S. Capitol building threatening the lives of legislators and attempting to disrupt an election. Over recent years, Black Lives Matter protestors have demonstrated over the deaths of unarmed Black individuals at the hands of police.

These two facts are unrelated.

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Black Lives Matter participants have been arrested — according to the AP, between the death of George Floyd on May 25, and their article on June 4, over 10k were arrested. Of these around 2,500 were merely for curfew violation — literally charged for their presence alone.

Despite this, when trying to pass the buck for Donald Trump’s involvement in the January 6th attack on the Capitol building, Senator Josh Hawley pointed a finger at these protestors in an extreme case of whataboutism.

Hawley says that the January 6th insurrectionists are criminals who should face consequences, but that he still believes the trial for Trump is invalid, and suggests that the focus should be not on him, but either on Black Lives Matter protestors, or on COVID-19. (President Joe Biden has a team working on COVID-19 response, and there’s no indication that the Senate being involved in Trump’s trial is in any way preventing their work.)

Hawley was criticized this week for appearing to ignore and show disrespect for the trial proceedings. Given a chance to address this and respond to the evidence connecting Donald Trump to the incitement of the attack, he instead complained that Democrats are not sufficiently, in his opinion, calling for consequences for Black Lives Matter protestors who are not involved in this case.

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