One Democrat lawmaker who experienced the pro-Palestine riot in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday firsthand reportedly compared the events to the protests at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 — declaring that the riot “scared me more than January 6.”
On Wednesday evening, pro-Palestine rioters forced the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and House office buildings to go into lockdowns — attacking police and shouting demands for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war.
Far-left pro-Palestine rioters are clashing with police trying to enter the DNC headquarter in DC right now pic.twitter.com/UUUjezY678
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) November 16, 2023
Speaking with Axios, an unidentified House Democrat declared that the violent riot had “scared me more than January 6.”
The lawmaker also noted that when they tried to leave the DNC, “someone sent out word for people to come [back] and police said it’s not safe. Police were wearing gas masks … this was not peaceful.”
The U.S. Capitol Police made similar comments about the riot, declaring the demonstrations “unlawful.”
“We have handled hundreds of peaceful protests, but last night’s group was not peaceful,” the Capitol Police’s statement read. “The crowd failed to obey our lawful orders to move back from the DNC, where Members of Congress were in the building.”
“When the group moved dumpsters in front of the exits, pepper sprayed our officers, and attempted to pick up the bike rack, our teams quickly introduced consequences – pulling people off the building, pushing them back, and clearing them from the area, so we could safely evacuate the Members and staff. Six officers were treated for injuries, from minor cuts to being pepper sprayed to being punched,” the statement continued.
— The U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) November 16, 2023
Around 150 pro-Palestine activists were involved in Wednesday evening’s riot, where they tried to storm the DNC and clashed with police officers who tried to remove them from the property.
🚨 Police try to stop Pro-Palestine protesters from storming the DNC Headquarters in DC
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 16, 2023
However, despite the fact that these rioters were violent and destructive, causing at least six officers to be injured during the chaos, only one arrest was made — prompting critics to slam the soft treatment of the pro-Palestine activists compared to the treatment of January 6 defendants.
“Anti-Israel protesters attacked the DNC yesterday. They forced a lockdown of the Capitol. They pepper-sprayed cops. Congressional reps were trapped in their offices. THIS is more of an INSURRECTION than 1/6 ever was. When do the arrests and hearings and show trials begin?” podcast host Joey Mannarino asked in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Anti-Israel protesters attacked the DNC yesterday.
They forced a lockdown of the Capitol.
They pepper-sprayed cops.
Congressional reps were trapped in their offices.
THIS is more of an INSURRECTION than 1/6 ever was.
When do the arrests and hearings and show trials begin?
— Joey Mannarino (@JoeyMannarinoUS) November 16, 2023