February 2, 2023

House GOP must investigate summer 2020 riots – Op-Ed by Jackson Richman

Kevin McCarthy
Kevin McCarthy

Hunter Biden. The weaponization of the federal government against conservatives and other dissenters. The origin of Covid.

These are investigations the House GOP is expected to undertake. While those should occur, there is one investigation that, at the moment, won’t but should happen: The Summer 2020 riots.

Statues were torn down. Livelihoods were ruined as businesses were vandalized, destroyed and looted by Black Lives Matter activists.  Approximately $1 billion-$2 billion worth of damage was done over a couple of months. CNN and other media gaslit viewers into what the former deemed “fiery but mostly peaceful.”

Considering that the House investigated the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, there is no excuse to probing what was an attack on America’s communities. Those who say there’s no equivalence between the Summer 2020 riots and what was an attack on American democracy do not actually care about combatting political violence and therefore are part of the problem. While the summer riots were greater in terms of damage done, equivocating the two is detrimental and a waste of time.

Ideally, there should be a commission similar to the one that investigated 9/11. One was proposed to investigate January 6 but was inexcusably and cowardly blocked by the Senate GOP. This led to the House forming a select committee to investigate the riot at the Capitol – one that I previously criticized. Unfortunately, the roles would be reversed as the GOP would support and the Democrats would reject such a commission, exemplifying that American politics has stooped to the point where both sides are fine with violence as long as it’s their own side doing it.

According to a Rasmussen Reports poll, backed by the National Police Association, 66 percent of likely voters want Congress to investigate the 2020 riots, while 21 percent responded no and 13 percent were undecided.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has eloquently made the case for Congress to investigate the race riots.

“We have to use our oversight role that we have. We should have hearings, for example, on the riots of the summer of 2020. There’s been no accountability about the summer of 2020. Who was behind it?” he said on Fox News in October. “How much did the political rhetoric lend itself to it? For example, these efforts to bail people out of jail in 2020, how many people did that encourage to come back out and do that all over again?”

Now that the GOP has control of the House, there is no excuse to investigate an issue that is as great, if not greater, as looking into the matters they already are going to probe.

Make no mistake: There will be another injustice or a result of an investigation or lack thereof that will cause an uproar to spill into violence on America’s streets. Looking into the Summer 2020 riots is not just about the past as it is about preventing future attacks on businesses and other public places. History can repeat or rhyme itself. The GOP must rise to the occasion for the sake of public safety so that the necessary authorities, especially law enforcement, can put down any future unrest.


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