Mostly peaceful.

So goes the characterization of demonstrations that have routinely turned into looting and rioting for months on end, from Portland to Seattle to New York to Los Angeles. “Protesters in California set fire to a courthouse, damaged a police station and assaulted officers after a peaceful demonstration intensified,” read one recent ABC News tweet. CNN called protests in Portland “mostly peaceful,” adding that “they have at times devolved into violence, vandalism, and arson.” During riots in Los Angeles in June, as the entire county locked down, the Los Angeles Times noted, “The third night of countywide curfews followed days of massive, mostly peaceful protests … Nearly 1,200 people were arrested Sunday after police officers clashed with demonstrators and looters shattered windows and emptied stores in Santa Monica and Long Beach.”

The phrase “mostly peaceful,” then, is rather fungible. Consider that during the tea party protests of 2011, then-Vice President Joe Biden reportedly likened tea partiers to “terrorists” — and those protests were notable mostly for people cleaning up their own litter. When anti-lockdown protesters descended on the Michigan state capitol, a columnist for The New York Times labeled them “armed rebels,” despite a complete lack of violence. When three white supremacists were arrested for plotting violence at a pro-gun rally, GQ’s Talia Lavin headlined, “That Pro-Gun Rally in Virginia Wasn’t Exactly ‘Peaceful'” — even though the rally saw no violence.

In truth, the category of “mostly peaceful” is a brand-new invention meant to obscure the simple fact that many of our cultural elites are fine with violence so long as those who engage in such violence have the proper goals. Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the pseudo-historical 1619 Project, celebrated when critics labeled rioting and looting “the 1619 riots”; she added that destruction of property was “not violence.” This week, Democrats grilling Attorney General Bill Barr could not be…

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