Democrats have only themselves to blame. Too many months of inaction and equivocation about “mostly peaceful protests” have branded them as the party that’s okay with street violence and mob action, as long as it’s in the name of racial justice.
It doesn’t matter what Biden or Kamala Harris says now. Their caveated condemnations of rioting and looting are too little, too late. And regardless, no one believes them. Instead, the images coming out of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C., last week have spoken for them. What they say, loud and clear, is that Democrats think rioting and looting are okay, under the circumstances.
No wonder the Democratic National Convention was conspicuously silent about the riots earlier this month. They know — as we all do — that many of those rioting are part of the Democratic Party’s left-wing base. Biden isn’t about to denounce them. He needs all those suburban white women we’ve seen screaming in the face of cops to show up and show up big, on election day.
The recent conventions were instructive in this regard. Most Americans don’t pay much attention to them (ratings for both the RNC and DNC were dismal), but they do seem to be paying attention to the mobs burning down businesses in middle America and accosting people in the streets of Washington, D.C.