WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier in June, Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio called out the hypocrisy over the reaction to the January 6th incident at the Capitol in comparison to how officials reacted to the riots that played out every single day during the summer of 2020.
Del Rio was asked about comments he made on Twitter that were in response to the upcoming hearings regarding the incident at the Capitol in January of 2021, where he asked, “Would love to understand ‘the whole story’ about why the summer of riots, looting, burning and the destruction of personal property is never discussed but this is???”
The aforementioned post to Twitter wound up incensing the pro-BLM crowd who attempted to explain away that those 2020 riots were permissible because George Floyd died and the ilk. Predictably, Del Rio was asked by reporters on June 8th about his Twitter comment, where he stood by the validity of his question.
“Want to talk about it? I’ll talk about with anybody. Yeah, no problem – at any time, but they’re not. I’m just expressing myself. And I think we all as Americans have the right to express ourselves, especially if you’re being respectful. I’m being respectful. I just asked a simple question.”
Del Rio continued from there, scoffing at how people manage to muster up faux outrage over legitimate questions – questions that are worthy of answers since livelihoods were literally destroyed during the summer of 2020.
“Really? Did I just get right down to it? What did I ask: A simple question, why are we not looking into those things, if we’re going to talk about it? 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 dust up at the Capitol. Well nothing there burned down. And we’re not going to talk about – we’re going to make that a major deal. I just think it’s kind of two standards. And if we apply the same standard, and we’re going to be reasonable with each other, let’s have a discussion. That’s all it was. Let’s have a discussion. We’re Americans, just talk it through. I’m for us having a great opportunity to have a fulfilled life. Like I said, every which way I can, when I’m here, it’s about love and respect.”
While a considerably reasonable response to the inquiry, Del Rio managed to catch flack later on after delivering the response to journalists – this time for him referring to the incident at the Capitol as a “dust up.”
Likely being compelled to, Del Rio issued an apology for referring to the Capitol incident as such, stating, “I made comments earlier today in referencing the attack that took place on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. Referencing that situation as a dust-up was irresponsible and negligent and I am sorry.”
However, Del Rio didn’t completely backpedal his comments over the January 6 hypocrisy, adding in the released statement, “I stand by my comments condemning violence in communities across the country. I say that while also expressing my support as an American citizen for peaceful protest in our country. I have fully supported all peaceful protests in America.”