- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 16, 2021

MSNBC co-host Joe Scarborough on Tuesday slammed conservatives for equating the U.S. Capitol riot with the Black Lives Matter riots last year, arguing that the vandalism of a “taco stand” does not rise to the level of the Jan. 6 “insurrection.”

“We need to make sure that the center of American democracy is never, never as compromised as it was on January the 6th,” Mr. Scarborough said on “Morning Joe,” according to clip highlighted by Grabien. “I know there are idiots on other cable news channels that will say, ‘Well, this mom-and-pop store was vandalized during the summer riots and that’s just as bad as the United States Capitol being vandalized.’ No. No, actually no, jackasses, it’s not.

“The Capitol of the United States is the center of American democracy,” he continued. “And while I am a fierce believer in people’s right to defend their private property, I’m not going to confuse a taco stand with the United States Capitol. I’m not going to confuse the selling of tacos with actually moving through a constitutional process that is laid out in the United States Constitution for members of the House and the Senate to actually perform their constitutional duties. 

“No. No, no, no,” he added. “Property damage does not equal insurrection.”

Mr. Scarborough didn’t mention Fox News directly, but commentators such as Tucker Carlson have pointed to the Black Lives Matter riots and the Democrats’ reticence to condemn them as excusing a culture of political violence that paved the way to the Jan. 6 riot in Washington.

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