Dennis Prager, Capitol Siege Was ‘Vile’ but Left’s Suppression of Free Speech Is Worse


‘The left in the United States is totalitarian’

Radio talk show host and columnist Dennis Prager said in an interview with The Epoch Times’ American Thought Leaders program Tuesday that, while last week’s violent siege of the U.S. Capitol was “vile” and “disgusting” and worthy of condemnation, the ongoing suppression of free speech in America by the left poses a bigger threat.

Prager was responding to a question about criticism leveled by some media personalities against some conservatives and “China hawks” who they accuse of being much more concerned about denouncing censorship and curtailment of freedom of speech rather than criticizing the Capitol riot.

The two are “incomparably imbalanced” in terms of the actual threat they pose to America, Prager said. While denouncing last Wednesday’s unrest, Prager argued that it did not threaten the U.S. nearly as much as the suppression of free speech.

“The whole point of America was freedom,” he said. “The left is suppressing, oppressing the greatest feature of the United States.”

“What threatens the country? A foolish, stupid, wrongheaded, vile attack on the Capitol, which reopened for business within hours, versus the ongoing suppression of free speech? It’s not symmetrical.”

Dennis Prager, the founder of Prager University. (The Epoch Times)

“There’s no comparison,” he said. “The disgusting events of January 6 do not threaten this country nearly as much as the suppression of free speech does,” he contended.

While a full reckoning of the attack on the Capitol has yet to be completed as investigations by the Justice Department and the FBI have only just gotten underway, there is a long historical record of the consequences of leftist repression, Prager said.

“The left suppresses liberty everywhere it takes power—there is no exception,” he said, noting the presence of numerous examples in the last 100 years of communist regimes committing egregious acts of oppression against their own people.

“And it is happening, incredibly, in the country of the Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Bell, for which they have contempt,” he said, adding that he sees evidence that the left is exploiting the Capitol siege to dial-up restrictions on freedom of expression.

“There was no exception in the last 100 years to the left taking power and not suppressing free speech,” he said, adding that, “they’re using January 6 as the excuse to do so” now.

Amazon taking down Parler is a “perfect example” of this, he said. On Monday morning, Amazon Web Services took down Parler, sparking debate about whether the suspension was about stifling free speech.

In reply to a lawsuit brought by Parler, Amazon Web Services said Wednesday that, “This case is not about suppressing speech or stifling viewpoints. It is not about a conspiracy to restrain trade.”

“Instead, this case is about Parler’s demonstrated unwillingness and inability to remove from the servers of Amazon Web Services (‘AWS’) content that threatens the public safety, such as by inciting and planning the rape, torture, and assassination of named public officials and private citizens,” the company said.

The CEO of Parler, John Matze, has condemned calls for violence on his platform.

“We would never condone it, we have a lot of things in place to stop it,” said Matze of users inciting violence, adding that Parler is about free speech.

Meanwhile, following the Jan. 6 unrest, social media giants Twitter and Facebook announced stricter measures on their platforms. Facebook is targeting content with the phrase “stop the steal,” a reference to claims of election fraud, while Twitter is taking aim at accounts that focus on the QAnon movement.

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4 thoughts on “Dennis Prager, Capitol Siege Was ‘Vile’ but Left’s Suppression of Free Speech Is Worse”

  1. This article seems to miss the point entirely. Actually, the violence was caused by the same people who commit censorship: the New World Order working with the Chinese Communist Party and its stooges in media and government. it’s not an either/or, it’s an and. Their violence AND their censorship. In this case, the violence was caused by NWO stooges infiltrating the Trump patriots; and then they twist the narrative in the false claim that it is Trump and his patriots who caused the staged breakin and rioting in the building and staged-looking shooting (when there are videos clearly showing capitol police letting in the Trump patriots and the Antifa infiltrators right through the front door as if on a red carpet); and then they censor anyone on their mainstream bought-off shill platforms like Youtube, Twitter, and Facebook telling the truth about their false flag scam. The solution? Go to GAB and TELEGRAM and other emerging platforms and bankrupt the scoundrels in msm. Meanwhile, stick with and tell everyone else to do so, as I do, even though they banned me from doing so at Fasicstbook.

    1. It is extremely disappointing for Praeger and so many Republican congressmen to accept the false narrative that there was mob violence at the Capitol. There was actually very little violence, and it appears most if not all of that was caused by ANTIFA infiltrators. Trump supporters have a long history of peaceful rallies and pro-police behavior. I mostly agree with you, J for T, but ANTIFA and the violent left are made in Amerika–and working for the elites–not China..


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