Phil Murphy says January 6th was domestic terrorism, but when D.C. burned a year earlier it was a peaceful protest

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TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to this day insists that the rioters that burned Washington, D.C. and dozens of other cities across America were peaceful protesters exercising their American freedoms, but the protest and insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building was domestic terrorism.

Phil Murphy is picking and choosing which acts of terrorism against America are actually acts of terrorism.

Both acts were indeed attacks on American democracy, but the year-long George Floyd riots burned cities, killing innocent Americans and police officers nationwide was a war against American society. Thousands of businesses were burned to the ground, government buildings were attacked and set on fire and protesters violently clashed with police officers for nearly one full year.

But those were Phil Murphy’s people, so it’s alright. Murphy even participated in the George Floyd protests as cities in his own state burned and businesses were looted.

“The scene that unfolded in our nation’s capital one year ago was one of the darkest in our country’s history,” Murphy said on the anniversary of the January 6th incursion at the U.S. Capitol building.

“This was not a protest, but an act of domestic terrorism bent on overturning a free and fair election, shredding the tenets of our American values, and shattering the bedrock of our democracy. “The riot shook the sacred principles of our political system that we hold so dear and which have made us an example for the world. Defiantly, Congress returned to complete their duty. Democracy won over baseless conspiracies.”

According to NPR, 725 people have been arrested during the Department of Justice investigation of the attack. To date, more than 14,000 people have been charged for their riotous and violent acts during the George Floyd riots.


25 people died as a result of the George Floyd riots nationwide. More than $2 billion in property damage was assessed during those riots nationwide.

“Over the last year, our nation has been tested in many ways and we have shown the true resiliency of the American spirit. But our democracy remains fragile, and forces continue to try to exploit our division. We must continue working together, both Democrats and Republicans, to advance as one nation,” Murphy said. “Tammy and I again offer our condolences to all those who suffered that day, and to the family of United States Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, a New Jersey native who gave his life protecting the Capitol from violent insurrection. Officer Sicknick dedicated his life to protecting the Constitution and, by extension, upholding our democracy, and we thank him for his service to our nation.” 

Murphy never offered condolences to New Jersey businesses that were looted and vandalized during the George Floyd riots, in which he served as a principal supporter.

Today, Murphy and the Democrat Party nationwide “celebrate” the January 6th insurrection, but continue to ignore the days that fire burned outside the White House gates. When National Guard troops were deployed to protect our nation’s most sacred monuments from destruction and the President of the United States was taken to a bunker inside the White House as a violent mob approached.

Police vehicles were destroyed, a church was burned to the ground, and Lafayette Square, just outside the White House compound turned into a battleground between police and violent rioters. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, then-Senator Kamala Harris and Congressman John Lewis all participated in that riot.

You won’t hear Governor Murphy condemn that action, because it was a political action led by the Democrat party in an effort to usurp a sitting president…and it eventually worked. In fact, Murphy remains steadfast that the George Floyd riots were a proud moment in American history.

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