The reason that the Supreme Court often disappoints by showing up late to a heated controversy is because its power is really quite limited and amounts to only its fragile moral authority. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Trump loyalist, echoed right-wing conspiracy theories during the Congressional count last night, alleging that the Trump and Confederate-flag waving, largely white, unmasked and vocally supportive group of the president's supporters that stormed the Capitol were actually antifa plants. Prior to the rally, the leader of the Proud Boys, Henry "Enrique" Tarrio was arrested for burning a Black Lives Matter sign that was stolen from a church in Washington DC. It’s just plain false. Like Senator Cruz and many others, I was dismayed that the Supreme Court refused to hear Texas’s lawsuit, joined by 17 other states, challenging the election procedures in four swing states. Protests erupted in August following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man shot multiple times in Kenosha while three of his children looked on. On Parler, another social media platform that welcomes extremists banned from Twitter and Facebook for violating those sites Terms of Service agreements, the Proud Boys openly supported the Capitol insurrection. In video footage aired on CNN, a buoyant young man mentions that somewhere inside the Capitol had been dubbed the “weed room,” as if the riot were just a rowdy house party. The more important lesson from recent events is how and why the Supreme Court failed us; that is a problem that will recur whereas we may never again have a president with Mr. Trump’s foibles. The 1766 food riots took place across England in response to rises in the prices of wheat and other cereals following a series of poor harvests. In this image made from video, a Covid-19 testing center is seen after being set on fire in Urk, 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Amsterdam, Saturday, January 23, 2021. ... the first thing caused the second. "Doesn't look like they're destroying the capital. If there ever were circumstances in which the Supreme Court needed to rise to the occasion to play its historic role of enforcing the Constitution, a situation in which 68 percent of Republicans believe that the last presidential election was unfair would seem to qualify. Over two-thirds of the sitting Republican members of Congress also took the extraordinary step of joining an amicus brief pleading with the Court to hear the case. Riots were sparked by the first largescale exports of grain in August and peaked in September–October. Regardless of the outcome, the constitutional crises resulting from such a seemingly partisan ruling would have made Watergate look like a hiccup. Mr Tarrio wrote on the Proud Boys' Parler feed that the group would be "incognito and we will spread across downtown DC in smaller teams. Hunter Biden Cashed In to Fuel His Drug and Sex Habits, Targeting People With Mental Illness and Dementia for Euthanasia. If the Supreme Court is so concerned about preserving its own power and legitimacy that it doesn’t get involved, what will happen? That appears to be what the Supreme Court is thinking; it recently denied a request by the Trump campaign for an expedited hearing, and set the date for a response to the Trump campaign’s latest lawsuit for two days after Joe Biden is inaugurated as President. The Court’s stated reason for turning down the case brought by Texas against Pennsylvania and other swing states was its ruling that one state has no “judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another state conducts its elections.” That should go down in history as one of the dumbest things the Court ever said, right up there with “separate but equal” as a justification for racial segregation or “three generations of imbeciles is enough” as a justification for mandatory sterilization. Is Mass Immigration Killing Two-Party Democracy in the U.S.? An estimated 30 people have died after supposedly “peaceful” protests erupted across the nation after George Floyd’s death on May 25. The question was not how Pennsylvania conducted “its” election, as the Court wrongly characterized the issue. Capitol Riot Fallout From Riot to Impeachment The riot inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, followed a rally at which President Trump made an inflammatory speech to … Around 131 riots were recorded, though many were relatively non-violent. The riots were caused by incoming immigrants in America that were chosen to fight in the war. Atlanta. I doubt that the Court could have made its ruling stick. Not exactly Profiles in Courage. But the deeper “ultimate cause” of this assault on regular democratic procedures is really more important, if less obvious, than Mr. Trump’s role in inciting the riot. Yet the Democrats are still wondering what caused the riots at Capitol Hill. They were … If one state may illegally manipulate votes in a presidential election, the influence of all the other states that do play by the rules is undermined. Future elections will get even worse with both sides doing what they perceive the other side got away with in the last election. Such virtues can be carried too far and become vices if the court uses them as an excuse to refuse to play its crucial role as a balance wheel in our legal system, as Georgetown University Law Center professor Randy Barnett rightly points out in a different context. Let’s hope that the justices know what they are doing. I doubt that the Court could have made its ruling stick. Read our full mailing list consent terms here, The group is being sued by the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law for what it calls a "racist attack on Metropolitan AME church," which "was one of several levied against churches targeted for their support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.". By this standard, Trump’s inflammatory statements urging the then mostly peaceful protestors to go up to Capitol Hill and “fight” probably were the proximate cause of the riot. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. House Republican Leader McCarthy made the case against impeachment, saying that a vote to impeach will further divide the nation and fan the … https://www.independent.co.uk/.../proud-boys-terror-capitol-riot-b1783996.html What started as a peaceful protest at Centennial Olympic Park Friday afternoon turned into … Police tweeted the graphic video that … But however the post-inauguration cases come out, future Supreme Court decisions can help to restore the perceived legitimacy of our elections, even if the Court won’t help Donald Trump stay in the White House. And who knows ... we might dress in all BLACK for the occassion.". A DC judge banned Mr Tarrio from entering the District. In some sense, it was more important that the Court hear the case and rule on the issues than how it ruled. The 1960s and preceding decades were not welcoming times for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. What the Court should do now to repair some of the damage. The group says it intentionally dressed in black on the day of the riot, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. He was also found in possession of high capacity firearm magazines. Whether the rumour of a … By this standard, Trump’s inflammatory statements urging the then mostly peaceful protestors to go up to Capitol Hill and “fight” probably were the proximate cause of the riot. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? "God bless America and all her patriots.". Close Trump allies behind rally that sparked U.S. Capitol riot: records By Richard Lardner And Michelle R. Smith The Associated Press Posted January 17, 2021 7:51 pm Perhaps the Court will eventually rise to the occasion and try to restore regular order to our elections after the current controversy has simmered down. A number of grainy photos showed various people, some draped in Trump flags, posing on the Senate floor like it was a theme park attraction. Were the Tottenham riots sparked by the beating of a 16-year-old girl? The largest post-civil rights movement pr… There were … The group - a Southern Poverty Law Center designated hate group that was told to "stand back and stand by" by Donald Trump during a presidential debate earlier this year - posted messages boasting and taking credit for the riot. Contee said that 56 officers were injured after being beaten or tazed repeatedly. 8. The law as a system of neutral principles gets lost in the race to the bottom. How Wednesday's Capitol riot came to fruition and who made it happen Pre-planned social media-circulated events and a window of opportunism paved the way for the unprecedented breach In many cases traders and farmers were forced by the rioters to sell their wares at lower … A personal postscript: A few readers may wonder why I waited until now to address what is possibly the most important legal issue of my lifetime, the disputed presidential election of 2020. The great legal scholar who taught me constitutional law, the late Alexander Bickel, famously catalogued the prudential reasons that the Court often ducks controversial issues, which he called “the passive virtues.” The conservative majority on the Court today is concerned primarily about “judicial restraint” of activist judges and has taken Bickel’s lessons to heart — perhaps too much so. Chuck Schumer calles Capitol rioters 'domestic terrorists', {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}}, Proud Boys boast they caused 'absolute terror' during Capitol riot, Barr says Trump committed a ‘betrayal’ of the presidency amid riots, Joe Scarborough drops F-bomb in heated rant about Capitol riots, Congressman accuses Capitol Police of being ‘complicit’ in riots, Intelligence officials warn of what comes next after pro-Trump riots, Capitol riots are ‘worst case scenario’ says cybersecurity expert. Retaliation is the ultimate law of the jungle. "For several hours, our collective strength had politicians in Washington in absolute terror. Capitol Hill riots — which led to the deaths of four people, were incited by President Donald Trump's anti-Democratic rants and ushered in by an absentee police force — … However, events often have more than a single cause. Riots at Sydney's Long Bay prison, which were broken up with tear gas, began after a fight over a lack of drugs being smuggled in due to coronavirus lockdowns. The Supreme Court has an important role to play in restoring the people’s faith in our elections, although it cannot do it alone. From stealing an election to vilifying a sitting President, the left hasn’t stopped harassing Trump and his followers. It declared the “red scare” unconstitutional in 1957 after it had ended. However, the New York State Liquor Authority penalized and shut down establishments … The answer is a simple if inconvenient truth: until December 31, 2020, I was affiliated with a law firm that represents the Biden campaign on various issues and although I was not involved personally in that representation, I was not free to speak my mind until now. The Proud Boys are celebrating their role in the US Capitol insurrection on Wednesday by taking a virtual victory lap on social media. After all, the 1960s were a period of unusually rapid economic progress for black Americans, thanks to … BLM activists were involved in 95 percent of the riots for which there is information about the perpetrators’ affiliation. Whether Trump or Biden takes office on January 20, important as that is, will be less important in the long run than whether our future elections will be perceived as fair and legitimate by we the people. We will soon be rid of Mr. Trump — for good or ill. As I have previously noted in these pages, he accomplished much while in office, but his personality offended and alienated many Americans. The commission found that in the 1967 riots, 83 people were killed and 1,800 injured, most of them African-American, and property valued at more than … Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Regardless of whether a criminal court could convict Mr. Trump under current First Amendment law, he will pay a heavy price for his irresponsible behavior; he may be impeached and even if he is not, his standing in history will be further sullied. I think the Supreme Court would be a better forum [than the Congress] for resolving those issues.”. The false reports of a police-involved shooting sparked a violent night of looting and vandalism across the city. The allegations went to the constitutional legitimacy of election procedures in a presidential election in which voters in both Texas and Pennsylvania participated. During the war, Lincoln abused his presidential powers. The Court was essentially saying that one team has no interest in whether the other team is cheating. The potential “solution” is for the Court to come in after Joe Biden has been inaugurated and declare what are and are not permissible election practices for the future. In addition to that claim being utterly unsubstantiated by facts, the Proud Boys announced their intention to dress in black and wear masks - which is how anti-fascist protesters generally dress at protests - during the 6 January march into Washington DC. We had riots for people killed by cops who shot at the cops first. You really are ignorant. The declining credibility of our election processes is a major national problem that transcends the fate of Donald Trump and is really what caused the recent riot on Capitol Hill. Watch this space. Trump, who previously characterized Black Lives Matter protesters as "thugs," said on Twitter that the people involved in the riots Wednesday were "great patriots who … "The mob was fed lies. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. I can point to a dozen riots this year that were much more damning for the person that died. Occupation. What started as … They participated in them in hopes of stopping this injustice. The title of the report by the 2005 bi-partisan commission chaired by James Baker and Jimmy Carter says it all: “Building Confidence in U.S. Elections.” It is past time to restore the credibility of our broken election system which is subject to partisan manipulation by both sides. This article is more than 8 years old. The riots spread to other parts of Minneapolis and St. Paul and caused an estimated $500 million in damage. President Donald Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani both mistakenly made calls to Republican Sen. Mike Lee as deadly riots were unfolding at … Many protests during the civil rights movement were a response to police brutality, including the 1965 Watts riotswhich resulted in the deaths of 34 people, mostly African Americans. I think that the justices will be sympathetic to judges interpreting ambiguous or silent laws, but they may say that if the law laid down by state legislatures is sufficiently unambiguous, courts or election officials may not change the rules of the game for a presidential election on their own. That reality was captured in Andrew Jackson’s famous, albeit probably apocryphal, line: “John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it.” The context was a case challenging a Georgia law that confiscated Native American lands after gold was discovered on them; the Court ruled for the Native Americans but its decision was ignored and never enforced. It upheld the forced relocation of citizens of Japanese heritage to internment camps during World War II, only to declare that the whole thing had been illegal thirty years later. Okay, now that I have your attention, my provocative title does not in any way absolve President Donald J. Trump and his allies of responsibility for the outrageous actions of the hooligans who broke into the Capitol on January 6 and terrorized our elected representatives and their staffs while they were engaged in debating the fairness of the last presidential election. /**/. The Mainstream Media’s Embarrassing Biden Lovefest, believe that the last presidential election was unfair, stated reason for turning down the case brought, context was a case challenging a Georgia law. Boston: Riots and looting broke out in Boston following the death of George Floyd in late May and early June, and included police vehicles being set ablaze, according to Boston 25. Sometimes even two for one. Symeon Brown. Looks like they're liberating it," the group wrote. WASHINGTON, D.C.—A Capitol Police officer hurt while trying to defend the seat of the United States government from pro-Trump rioters died late … Since being elected, President Trump has put America first and helped stimulate one of the largest economies in the world. That is because the Constitution gives the power to decide on the “manner of selection” of presidential electors to the state legislatures. We can now add the riots in Kenosha and beyond to the list of race riots sparked by assumptions of police behavior contradicted by the facts. Senator Ted Cruz — one smart cookie whether or not you agree with his politics on any particular issue — said it best: “I wish the court had taken one or both of those cases [brought by the President and 18 states alleging irregularities in the last presidential election]. The violence sparked by a pro-Trump mob that clashed with police and stormed the U.S. Capitol caused a lockdown and resulted in four deaths: A … Manhattan, July 12, 1870 & 1871. How did Lincoln use/abuse his presidential war powers? The only comfort I took in this erroneous ruling is the knowledge that the Supreme Court often arrives on the scene late, after the situation simmers down and it can see right and wrong more clearly. Riots sparked by the police killing of George Floyd could cost insurance companies $1 billion to $2 billion — possibly making them the most expensive in US history, an industry group says. We apologise for any inconvenience caused but are excited to bring you a host of new commenting features very soon. I’m a libertarian, and as such I support more liberalized markets in … Frequent cases of police misconduct and fatal use of force by law enforcement officers in the U.S., particularly against African Americans, have long led the civil rights movement and other activists to protest against the lack of police accountability in incidents involving excessive force. The law usually assigns legal responsibility to the “proximate cause,” typically the one closest in time, but not necessarily the “ultimate cause” that created the dangerous situation in the first place. For instance, solicitation of same-sex relations was illegal in New York City.For such reasons, LGBT individuals flocked to gay bars and clubs, places of refuge where they could express themselves openly and socialize without worry. At least two people died — one a man who was fatally shot at … Videos from the riot show that some of the first individuals to attack the fence and get into fist fights with police were dressed mostly in black. Perhaps he did not intend them to break into the Capitol, but if there ever was a case of “shouting fire in a crowded theater” (to quote Justice Holmes in a famous 1919 First Amendment case), his remarks qualify. power to decide on the “manner of selection”, set the date for a response to the Trump campaign’s latest lawsuit, The Dangerous Boomerang of Political Paranoia, The Political Theater of the National Guard’s D.C. The treacherous pawns (cops) were also terrified," a Proud Boy wrote on the group's Telegram social media page. Suppose the Supreme Court had taken the Texas case before the electors met and had ruled by a 5-4 (or maybe even a 6-3) majority that the last presidential election was invalid and enjoined the vote in the electoral college? 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