Already the Far Right in the UK is twisting the narrative of the US Capitol riot into a bid to blame the Left.
The riot in Washington DC yesterday (January 6) was carried out by members of far-right political groups in the United States, at the bidding of Donald Trump, one of the most right-wing presidents that nation has had, certainly in its recent history.
And what is the message our politicians are projecting?
Well, let’s look at former UK Labour MP Ian Austin’s opinion:
Incited by people like this pic.twitter.com/2mhpl4SU33
— Saboteur Aesop 🔵 (@TheFabledAesop) January 6, 2021
First he equates the Labour Party under former leader Jeremy Corbyn with the “hard left”, which is false. Corbyn’s politics was centre-left, of the kind we see in government in several European countries including the very successful Scandinavian nations.
He follows it with a lie that supporters of this centre-left viewpoint are somehow wholehearted supporters of terrorists (the IRA) and totalitarian dictatorships. There is no evidence to support these wild claims.
Finally, he claims that socialists would not accept an election defeat, in complete denial of events here in the UK in December 2019 – which really isn’t very long ago!
Needless to say, genuine socialists have responded hotly – and accurately:
Stop it with all the reaching, you'll tear a muscle 😢
— Emily 🐙🦀🦑🦈❄️ (@IamJustChillin0) January 6, 2021
I see that some right wing commentators who have spent the last decade lighting their own matches re the far-right are now saying that socialists in Britain are the same as the fascists who stormed the US capitol. People do strange things to distract from their own sins.
— Liam Young (@liamyoung) January 7, 2021
The same people who lied about @JeremyCorbyn (whose policies, vision & agenda was an antidote to ‘Trumpism’ & the causes of), and who did all they could to stop him, are now delivering their sanctimonious takes with not a shed of realisation that they are part of the problem!
— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) January 7, 2021
Opportunistic right-wing commentators are comparing white supremacists storming the Capitol with extra-Parliamentary actions taken by socialists.
Never let them forget that fascism follows the failure of *liberalism* to protect democracy from capitalism.
— Grace Blakeley (@graceblakeley) January 7, 2021
But a lie can run around the world before the truth has got its shoes on, as the saying goes.
Socialists do not organise riots – fascists do.
And then they lay the blame on socialists. Know your enemy.
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