G Floyd is NOT a left-wing analogue to Ashli Babbitt. This is appalling. Is this equivalence framing a thing in MAGA-world?

A. Babbitt was engaged in voluntary, aggressive violence at the time of her shooting. Floyd was cuffed, immobilized & begging for his life when he died.

B. Babbitt was committing extremely dangerous political violence; she was breaking through the final barrier between a violent mob and dozens of US Congresspeople, our democratic government. Floyd was a arrested for street misdemeanor.

C. The use of force against Floyd was

excessive, and a court ruled as much. Floyd was not a threat to the police officers, citizens, and property around him at the time of his death.

The use of force against Babbitt was much more justified. She was at the leading edge of a violent mob steps away from Members of

Congress. The cops did not know if the mob was armed or what they intended to do if they actually captured MCs. Remember, they'd set up a gallows (!) on the mall. Those officers did not have the ten minutes of calm to make their use of force decisions, as Chauvin did. As many

pointed out at the time (), the insurrectionists faced a surprisingly gentle response given that they were rioting inside the US Capitol building, the heart of US democratic government. If anything, the Capitol police should be praised for just how much

restraint they showed against what looked sorta like a putsch.

D. No one is ignoring Floyd's flaws, but that is not the issue. And Babbitt's death is a tragedy, for which there should be an investigation and determination. But to make her a martyr, as the far right is doing

now, elevates the anti-democratic, politically violent cause for which she fought. Lionizing violent, far-right insurgents is antithetical to US democracy and takes the MAGA movement further toward Horst Wessel/Turner Diaries/militia territory. This is terrible.


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