On January 6th, hundreds of protestors stormed the Capitol building in Washington D.C. to protest the results of the 2020 presidential election.
While the results of that election are certainly questionable, rioting in the most important building in our country is by no means an acceptable course of action just because Trump lost.
The riots drew stiff criticism from members of both political parties – as it should have.
However, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi seemed to have a change of heart regarding her stance on when storming a Capitol building is acceptable and when it is not.
In 2011, thousands of union workers stormed the Wisconsin Capitol “in an attempt to block a vote on collective bargaining reform.” They violently gained access into the building, but Pelosi and her fellow Democrats did not condemn their unruly demonstration.
Instead, she praised them.
Pelosi took to Twitter to say she “stood with the workers and students in Wisconsin,” and called their actions an “impressive show of democracy.”
So what changed in the last decade to make riots no longer acceptable in her mind?
Was it how close the violence actually came to her? Was it the fact that the rioters were trying to force an agenda she agreed with in 2011, but not earlier this month?
Whatever the case, violence like this should not be tolerated on any level, by Democrat or Republican, and Pelosi should remain consistent on her stance. Violence like this needs to end so our country does not crumble into anarchy
But as is the case with politicians, they say what works for them in the moment to boost their image in the public eye, regardless of consistency.
Pelosi’s comments in 2011 compared to last month’s is the latest example of that.
And that is the sad reality of politics.