Consistency in Condemnation

I was pleased to see Dick Bingham, Chairman of the Chester County Democratic Committee, and Democrats from our county join me in condemning the violence that took place in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. My statement, which was submitted to the Daily Local News stated, in part:

“People have a constitutional right to peacefully gather to address grievances, but it appears some individuals came to the rally in Washington for nefarious reasons, violence resulted, and a precious life was needlessly lost. This behavior is to be unequivocally condemned and should be renounced as an attack on our democracy and its institutions.”

This is not the first time we have seen violence and lawlessness in our country over the past year. It occurred in Washington D.C. last summer as well as Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle, Kenosha, and Minneapolis. Since my appointment as Chairman, I have consistently called out these cowardly, lawless acts regardless of the perpetrators or the worthiness of their cause. My most recent post was October 29th. Much to my surprise, when I visited the Chester County Democrats’ pages I could find no similar condemnation for the equally if not more violent riots that took place in 2020. Nor could I find their condemnation when in the midst of rioting and destruction of property democrat leaders not only failed to condemn but endorsed this behavior:

Democrat Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris said, “Protesters should not let up.”

Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said, “I just don’t know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country. Maybe there will be.”

Democrat Representative Maxine Waters yelled, “If you see anybody from the Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

Democrat Representative Ayanna Pressley charged, “There needs to be unrest in the streets.”

I’m curious. Did I miss something or is the Democrats’ moral outrage against violence only when it can be directed toward Republicans? Could it be that the Democrats’ tolerance and excuses for left-wing violence opened the door for violence from other sources?

Mr. Bingham claims that some Trump supporters from our county “took buses to Washington to participate in this lawlessness.” This is news to me. Perhaps he will identify those Chester County residents who joined in the violence so that I may speak with them. If he can’t, it is unfair and disrespectful to disparage a group of people who were simply exercising their Constitutional rights. While Mr. Bingham also criticized me for definitively attributing the attacks to Antifa, I do not fault him for this inaccurate quote that the Daily Local News printed and later retracted.

I closed my comments to the DLN, which they did not include, by saying “Behavior is rooted in belief. It is my hope and prayer that going forward we as a people, despite our differences, will live with mutual respect, guided by our shared identity as people made in the image of God.” I encourage my counterpart and our fellow democrats in Chester County to engage us vigorously on the issues, but let us do so not as enemies but fellow image bearers who deserve respect and honor.

Dr. Gordon Eck, Chairman RCCC


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