(PoliticalLookout.com)- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said in no uncertain terms on Thursday that every single individual who rioted at the Capitol building should be arrested and prosecuted.
The comments are a stark contrast to the response from Democrats throughout 2020 when Biden supports and Black Lives Matter took to the streets, burned down entire districts of American cities, and caused billions of dollars of damage. Democrats stayed quiet or called the rioters “peaceful protesters,” but Gingrich joined the president and other Republican officials in condemning the violence and calling for every person involved to be arrested.
Speaking on a panel on “Outnumbered” on Fox News, Gingrich described his anger at what unfolded.
“I was furious. I am furious. Every person who broke into the Capitol has to be arrested and has to be prosecuted,” he said. “This is the center of freedom on the whole planet.”
The rioters disrupted what was otherwise a peaceful protest, in which thousands of Americans had an opportunity to show Congress that they opposed the certification of the Electoral College vote on the grounds of evidence of widespread fraud.
Had the riot not occurred, more Republican legislators would have gone ahead with their plans to object to the certification of the vote and could have seen a period of 10 days of debate whereby members of Congress could review the evidence.
Rioters made sure that didn’t happen.
“What happened yesterday was utterly, totally inexcusable,” he said. “People should be locked up and punished.”
Gingrich was joined by a long list of other high-profile Republicans, including Senator Lindsey Graham and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who called for arrests to be made.
The FBI and Washington, D.C. Police have released images of people who are wanted in connection to the riot.
Acting United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, Michael Sherwin, said on Thursday that “all options are on the table” for charging those involved with the riot. Those arrested may even face up to 10 years in prison thanks to an executive order signed by President Donald Trump designed to stop Antifa and Black Lives Matter from vandalizing monuments…as they so often did in 2020.
Why can’t Democrats be this committed to taking down violent extremists on their side?