When bad things happen, when disaster strikes, and when the world seems to be in chaos, one of our natural instincts seems to be to find someone to blame. When the world became infected with coronavirus, groups were quick to find even the smallest thread of evidence as to where it came from and who started it. Even when we see natural disasters, something no one person or group can be responsible for, some still try to point the finger in some direction or another.
And so it should come as no surprise that in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the subsequent riots that have overtaken some of America’s largest and most populous cities that blame is trying to be laid at someone’s feet.
Now, I am in no way, shape, or form trying to say that justice can’t be served and that wrongs can’t be righted. Our nation was built on the principles of “liberty and justice for all,” and that should never be forgotten.
However, there is a distinct difference in getting justice and merely playing the blame game.
Let’s start with the former.
Shortly after news of Floyd’s death spread, protests began to get justice. And people were right to do so. It started peacefully, calling for the man most likely to responsible for his death, former Minneapolis police officer Dereck Chauvin, to be punished.
And as a result, he was. Chauvin, as well as the three other officers responding at the scene, were fired. Chauvin was also arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
That should have been the end of it.
Protests were formed, their cries for justice were heard, and the crime punished.
However, protests all over the nation have since been organized, and what starts as a peaceful walk with signs and chants had ended in full-on riots, complete with looting, setting fires, and even violence.
And in the aftermath, another question of responsibility is asked. Who is to blame for all this chaos and destruction?
It’s evident that it isn’t just one person.
But that hasn’t stopped people from trying to drop a few names.
And the one at the top of every Democrat’s list: President Donald Trump.
Former presidential candidate and first lady Hillary Clinton took to social media on Friday to blame our commander in chief, saying, “The President of the United States is calling for violence against American citizens. That is so wrong. We need honest reckoning and reconciliation. If you haven’t already joined the work to replace him in November, start now.”
And she isn’t the only one voicing this thought.
New York City Mayor and Democratic socialist, Bill de Blasio said in a televised press conference that President Trump had “helped to create this atmosphere, and that’s the tragedy here.” He went on to say that “there’s been an uptick in tension and hatred and division since he came along. It’s just a fact.”
However, he couldn’t seem to point to one singular thing the President had ever done or said to prove that. “It’s not the reason for any specific act, but it has helped to poison the atmosphere.”
But the left isn’t just blaming Trump.
Want to take a guess who else is on their list?
Yep, Russia. They just can’t seem to get off that bandwagon, even though it crashed and burned years ago…
Katie Hill, as well as NBC’s Barb McQuade, has taken a New York Times Piece citing that Russia is behind the riots as truth. Hill remarks that we have to remember that “Trump’s BFF Putin probably had something to do with it.” McQuade says that Russia has once again tried to “stoke chaos in the US before the election,” adding “Mission accomplished.”
And of course, white nationalists and supremacists were brought out to blame. I know you are shocked, right?
Governor Time Walz of Minnesota says that “white supremacists,” as well as drug cartels, are to blame for the violence that erupted in his state. Unsurprisingly, the media has been quick to jump on this too.
But as intelligence reports come in about riot after damaging riot, we are met with a much different source, according to USA Today.
“A security expert says intelligence reports indicate most of the hard-care protesters in Minneapolis are far-left or anarchists, and that far-right groups have not yet made a significant appearance.”