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COMMENTARY: Hey Twitter, what's the difference between AOC and Trump?

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A Seattle protest billed as an "abolish ICE" demonstration turned violent and destructive last night, including damage to a federal court house as well as private property. KVI's morning show producer, Phil Vandervort, points out how the precedent set by US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Twitter for connecting Donald Trump's tweets to political violence apply in the exact same way to a tweet this week from Democratic US Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.{ } (photo:{ } KOMO News)

Two days after U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted "Abolish ICE", cities like Seattle and Portland were attacked and damaged by anarchists who organized "abolish ICE" protests. ICE is commonly referred to in political circles as an acronym for U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, which deals with immigration issues and cross-border traffic.

In Seattle, the anarchist mob threw rocks and water bottles at photographers and journalists trying to observe and monitor the mob. The attack on news reporters continues a trend of other protests in Seattle where anti-police demonstrations revealed identical bullying and intimidation tactics directed at news reporters. It shows the continuing disregard for the most fundamental freedom America has to offer, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It shows the cowardly mob behavior to bully and intimidate a free press.

During last night's mob attack in Seattle, the "abolish ICE" protesters damaged the Federal Court House named for William Kenzo Nakamura--a Japanese-American born in Seattle who's family was interned during WWII but who went on to fight for the US military in Italy during the war--ultimately receiving the Medal of Honor for his valor and heroism in the European theater. The courthouse building includes an ICE office.

Two weeks ago, when a pro-Trump mob attacked the US Capitol Building as the Electoral College vote tally was being certified, Congressional Democrats--including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi--were quick to pin the political violence on former President, Donald Trump, saying Trump had incited the crowd to attack the Capitol. Was that timing co-incidental or precisely planned? That is yet to be determined--perhaps documented more completely in an assumed U.S. Senate trial-- but so far former President Trump's words at a rally earlier that day on January 6th are being used against him in that argument by Democrats.

The same inference can be made with the timing of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's tweet and the attacks in Seattle and Portland just two days later. That simple inference is the precedent that was established when the U.S. House of Representatives voted 232-197 to impeach Trump on January 13. Will Rep. Ocasio-Cortez be held to the same standard as Trump, to face impeachment for allowing her words to be co-opted into political violence and bullying in Seattle and Portland (the mob in Portland destroyed the headquarters of the Oregon Democratic Party).

The anarchists pushing the "abolish ICE" protests use social media like Twitter to call attention to their demonstration, which turns into political violence.

Twitter permanently banned Donald Trump's personal account after the events of the mob attacking the US Capitol Building but for some reason Twitter allows groups like the one embedded above to remain active and uncensored. So why the double standard when it comes to this level of political violence? Because Trump has millions of followers on Twitter but the PNW Revolutionary Afro Collective has thousands? By the same standard, Twitter should censor this account. Will Twitter have the spine to do so? Seems unlikely.




With signs and graffiti tagging that exclaim "Ungovernable" displayed at the "abolish ICE" demonstrations in Portland and Seattle, it seems to connote a degree of insurrection, which is the other accusation against Trump in the latest article of impeachment. It appears that by urging the abolition of ICE, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is fomenting a similar insurrection with her Tweet.

I am not a Donald Trump supporter. Never have been. Never will. My politics are squarely Libertarian, falling under the category of the quote attributed to founding father and President John Adams, "we're a nation of laws, not men." What I absolutely detest--and its all too common in American politics in the 21st Century--is hypocrisy and double-standards.

Feel free to impeach Trump if you want. Feel free to ban him from Twitter. But if those things happen, then by precedent this week, the same should apply to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The standard has been set by Speaker Pelosi and Twitter's Jack Dorsey.

Ocasio-Cortez's defenders will feel free to move the goal posts on the mob attack at the U.S. Capitol compared to the ones in Seattle and Portland last night. I fully anticipate that. But that's to be expected with political partisans, not from people who are interested in consistent political behavior and philosophy. If you can't be consistent, you're simply a political hack. Be a nation of laws, not (wo)men.

The thoughts and views of Phil Vandervort do not necessarily reflect those of KVI, its management or its ownership.

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