Jack Del Rio calls January 6 a “dustup at the Capitol”

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Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio attracted a little attention on Tuesday by, in my opinion, falsely equating the January 6 insurrection to the 2020 protests that became, in some cities, riots over police violence against minorities. The team had no comment at the time.

On Wednesday, comments came directly from Del Rio via a previously-scheduled press conference.

In addition to pointing out that we wrote something about his tweet from Tuesday, Del Rio doubled down on his attempt to compare the two situations.

“Let’s get right down to it,” Del Rio said, via NBC4. “What did I ask? A simple question. Why are we not looking into those things, if we’re gonna talk about [January 6], why are we not looking into those things? Because it’s kind of hard for me to say, I can realistically look at it, I see the images on TV, people’s livelihoods are being destroyed. Businesses are being burned down. No problem. And then we have a dustup at the Capitol, nothing burned down. And we’re gonna make that a major deal.”

January 6 was hardly a dustup. But that’s how the both-sides game is played. Downplay the thing you’d rather not acknowledge, and exaggerate the other thing that provides a distraction for the thing you’re otherwise downplaying and ultimately hoping to ignore.

The reality is that Del Rio is peddling one of the many talking points aimed at getting people not to pay sufficient attention to what happened at the Capitol on January 6. Why it happened. How it happened. And who may have incited it.

Again, he’s entitled to his own opinion. He’s not entitled to his own facts. Certain things can’t be both-sides’d. Certain things shouldn’t be. An attack on the seat of the U.S. government while Congress exercised the constitutional duty to certify a presidential election is not a “dustup.” Lives were lost that day. Police officers traumatized by the events thereafter committed suicide. Our democratic process was undermined. All because, frankly, someone couldn’t handle the blow to the ego of losing.

Anyone can cite love of country, as Del Rio did, to justify espousing any and all opinions they see fit. That doesn’t make the opinions right.

And it definitely doesn’t make the facts accurate. Thus, in an age where false facts runs rampant, calling the January 6 insurrection a “dustup at the Capitol” should make Del Rio a finalist for some sort of bullshit blue ribbon.

22 responses to “Jack Del Rio calls January 6 a “dustup at the Capitol”

  1. All of the riots should be investigated, but investigated separately. All crimes aren’t done in one investigation, need to stop lumping Jan 6 with the other riots.

  2. Del Rio is a disgrace. That makes him perfect for Snyder’s franchise.

  3. One more person to root against..the less. I Know about people’s opinions the better

  4. The riots were much worse and no one has been inprisioned. Double standards.

  5. Hey Jack. Why don’t you stick to discussing football. Obviously that is the only thing you really know anything about.

  6. He already lost one locker room with this kind of nonsense in Oakland. But hey, just like the New Orleans game in 2016, why not go for two?

  7. Better to keep your mouth shut and have people wonder if you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt, Jack.

  8. Jack Del Rio speaking the truth. While every other “riot” that took place was a peaceful protest with no consequence for those involved.

  9. Choppin’ wood, right Jack? How retreads like Del Rio continue getting coaching jobs is anyone’s guess.

  10. People died in that “dust up.” Del Rio is the perfect clown in the Commanders’ circus…

  11. The riots sucked so did the capitol stuff. The difference is one group literally stormed the buildings housing the seat of this country’s government. There is no comparison. If that had been done by BLM or Antifa, Del Rio wouldn’t be calling it a “dustup”.

  12. I think he demonstrates, as many others do, the fundamental issue we need to move past.

    Whether or not we like it, there is no other side. Its all America; your side and their side – all sides.

    If we do not start looking for truths instead of looking to blame the other side, soon the truth will never be found again.

  13. Totally agree with your article Mike. Totally idiotic statements which look like it may have now cost Dan Snyder his new Stadium in Virginia. The owner is a total clown so I guess some of his employees may as well jump in the clown car with him!

  14. Not a good player.Not a good teammate. Not a good coach. Not a smart guy. Impulsive. Is well known for being a jerk. Did I miss anything?

  15. Mike usually says those things that need to be said. Once again he’s come through. A coup attempt on our democracy is so far removed from protests. We won’t have any ability to protest (unless we wanna be killed) if our democracy gets overthrown. I hope people will watch the HEARINGS. So very important to learn exactly what happened. Nuf said.

  16. 100% with you on this one. We need these people out, keep putting them on blast

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