- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 7, 2021

Laura Ingraham says former First Lady Michelle Obama and others are revealing to the world their “wanna-be tyrant” side by calling for a permanent social media ban for President Trump.

The Fox News host spotlighted Mrs. Obama’s statement on the matter shortly after it was released.

“Now we’re seeing who the real wanna-be tyrants are,” the “Ingraham Angle” host tweeted for nearly 4 million followers. “As usual, the left does not wish to debate actual issues. They only wish to silence their opposition or demonize them into submission.”

At issue is Mrs. Obama’s claim that Mr. Trump encouraged a “gang” to lay “siege” on the U.S. Capitol, which she juxtaposed with the “overwhelmingly peaceful” activism displayed by Black Lives Matter in 2020.

“The Summer’s Black Lives Matter protests were an overwhelmingly peaceful movement — our nation’s largest demonstrations ever, bringing together people of every race and class and encouraging millions to re-examine their own assumptions and behavior.”

The former first lady then lamented the “cracked skulls and mass arrests” of Black Lives Matter activists.

“Yesterday made it painfully clear that certain Americans are, in fact, allowed to denigrate the flag and symbols of our nation,” Mrs. Obama continued. “Now is the time for Silicon Valley companies to stop enabling this monstrous behavior—and go even further than they have already by permanently banning [Trump] from their platforms and putting in place policies to prevent their technology from being used by the nation’s leaders to fuel insurrection.”

Not mentioned by Mrs. Obama was the fatal shooting of 14-year veteran of the Air Force veteran Ashli Babbit during Wednesday’s chaos.

The Capitol Police officer who fired his weapon at Ms. Babbit, 35, has been placed on administrative leave.

Similarly, Mrs. Obama did not mention over $1 billion in insurance claims for property damage attributed to Black Lives Matter and Antifa activists last year.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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