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In the early days of Biden’s presidency, his administration is already creating brand new definitions for terms like “domestic terrorism.”
Apparently, the events of the short Capital riot on January 6th are absolutely domestic terrorism, while the year long rioting and assaults on federal buildings in Portland by Antifa is not.
That’s right, democrats have introduced yet another double standard.
This one comes from Joe Biden’s pick for Attorney General, Judge Merrick Garland.
Garland, who has openly called the Capital riot “domestic terrorism,” was questioned by Josh Hawley on whether or not the attack last year on a Portland courthouse was as well.
Garland’s immediate reaction was akin to that of a deer in the headlights.
He then suggested that because the courthouse was not open, the attacks may not have been “domestic terrorism” at all.
Breitbart has more on Garland's double standard response:
Judge Merrick Garland told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday that Antifa’s attacks on the U.S. courthouse in Portland last year may not have been “domestic terrorism,” because unlike the Capitol riot, they took place at night when the court was not “in operation.”
Garland, who is President Joe Biden’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General, was questioned at his confirmation hearing by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO):
Sen. Hawley: Let me ask you about assaults on federal property in places other than Washington, DC — Portland, for instance, Seattle. Do you regard assaults on federal courthouses or other federal property as acts of domestic extremism, domestic terrorism?
Judge Garland: Well, Senator, my own definition, which is about the same as the statutory definition, is the use of violence or threats of violence in attempt to disrupt the democratic processes. So an attack on a courthouse, while in operation, trying to prevent judges from actually deciding cases, that plainly is domestic extremism, domestic terrorism. An attack simply on a government property at night, or any other kind of circumstances, is a clear crime and a serious one, and should be punished. I don’t know enough about the facts of the example you’re talking about. But that’s where I draw the line. One is — both are criminal, but one is a core attack on our democratic institutions.
Here's video of the question from Hawley, and Garland's response:
This was a stunningly stupid answer by Garland, and one that does not inspire confidence in his potential role as Attorney General.
This is especially disturbing because Garland promised to defend the Portland courthouse against anarchists when questioned by Senator Lindsey Graham:
So, does this mean Garland will only protect the federal courthouse in the day time?
This is not the answers Americans want from someone who is likely to be Biden's new Attorney General.
So just so we're clear...
This may not be "domestic terrorism."
This on the other hand is definitely "domestic terrorism..."
Yeah, so are we...