Comment: ‘Both sides’ haven’t eroded democratic values in the US

Protest at injustice is necessary in any democracy. But equating the actions of Black Lives Matter protesters in the US and those of the Capitol insurrectionists in order to present a balanced view is misguided

17th January, 2021
Comment: ‘Both sides’ haven’t eroded democratic values in the US
It is a mistake, however, to equate the Black Lives Matter protests with the actions of the extremist, far-right, white supremacist pro-Trump groups.

In her opinion piece in this newspaper last week, Lucinda Creighton joined the vast majority of commentators in condemning the actions of the pro-Donald Trump mob that stormed the US Capitol, and in calling out the US president for his role in inciting a riot.

But she also accused individuals and politicians on “both sides” of contributing to the erosion of democratic values in the US.

Republicans, she noted, remained silent in the...

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