DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has been fact-checked on her testimony before congress, in which she claimed there was only one night of rioting in Washington D.C. in 2020. That was a lie according to the fact-checkers at The Gateway Pundit. The lie was easily exposed by checking the news reports, arrest records, and incident reports. If these were not riots why were the people charged accordingly?
This was during the second time that congress discussed statehood for the nation’s capital. Bowser was questioned by Sen Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. The mainstream press failed to cover the exchange because there was no way to spin it in a positive light. The questions from Sen Johnson involved Democrat policy priorities, crime, violence, January 6th protests, rioting, BLM, and race. The whole concept is bizarre. Creating a state with just one city?
Here it’s obvious the Associated Press and the Washington Post were trying to cover up anything negative for Mayor Bowser by avoiding the entire exchange, doing a disservice to their readers.
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“I know that we had one night of rioting in the district in the summer.”
Breitbart detailed the extent of riot-related arrests and claims made during 2020 that disproves Bowser’s testimony:
Metropolitan Police Department data details hundreds of “unrest-related” arrests it made for offenses that occurred between May, June, July, and August of last year.
Police made 29 arrests for felony “Riot Acts” on May 31, as well as arrests for several other charges, including property defacement, burglary, and curfew violations. Police then made more than 20 additional arrests for felony Riot Acts on June 1 and two additional arrests for misdemeanor Riot Acts on June 2.
During the rest of June, many other “unrest-related” arrests were made for curfew violations, burglaries, destruction of property, defacement of property, assaults on police officers, arson, possession of a Molotov cocktail, and more.
July also saw “unrest-related” arrests, though fewer than May and June. The arrest activity spiked again in August as police made 37 arrests for felony Riot Acts on August 14 and another 15 for felony Riot Acts on August 31.
The definition of a riot is “a violent public disorder. Specifically: a tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons assembled together and acting with a common intent: public violence, tumult, or disorder.”
The reason that Bowser lied according to the Gateway Pundit was to hide the fact that in her city rioters were mostly ignored by the police at the behest of the city leaders.
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Now, admittedly, the fact at hand is not the most consequential. The issue of whether there were 1 or 20 nights of rioting in Washington is more of a political point than a material one. But lying under oath, and lying before Congress, is a serious federal offense. In fact, it is one of the charges that Roger Stone was charged with, and for which he would later be pardoned by President Trump, “lying to Congress.”
So, the issue is certainly relevant in the sense that a major government official would lie to Congress under oath. And the topic at hand can be isolated as merely this particular fact, but could also be appropriately seen as part of a larger trend where the government imposes radically double standards when comparing how they treat January 6th Capitol protesters and how they treated BLM and pro-George Floyd protesters from 2020.