The liberal media’s talking heads have spent the better part of three years lecturing the American people about “The Big Lie,” claiming President Donald Trump sparked a so-called “insurrection” on January 6, 2021. Before that, the left’s propaganda machine cranked out “Russia-gate.”

But history shows that neither of these narratives stood the test of time, nor did they hold up in the court of law.

This is why I proudly co-sponsored U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz’s (R-Fla.) resolution proclaiming that President Trump did not “engage in an insurrection or rebellion against the United States” on January 6.

Peaceful assembly is an American birthright, as is the right to petition the government. The Founders placed these liberties within the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. On January 6, 2021, thousands of Americans put these rights into practice.

It was on this day that President Trump told his supporters, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” According to the left and their media lackeys, this was the rhetoric of a fascist dictator.

Not once in Trump’s speech did he call for violence, and he certainly did not tell his supporters to lead a rebellion against the federal government.

But the media pushed their narrative. If the left protests, it must be for a noble cause. If the right stands firm to have its voice heard, the media claims they are “attacking democracy.”

When anti-Israeli protesters violently assaulted six Capitol Police officers last November at the Democratic Party headquarters in Washington, D.C., the mainstream media characterized it as “a protest for peace.”

This hypocrisy clearly illustrates the left-wing media bias.

Thanks to the reporting of independent journalists, the corporate media’s narrative of what occurred in January 2021 and in the aftermath is being exposed.

When peaceful Trump supporters were losing control of the protest, the president took action, calling on the protesters to go home.

It would seem that the morally superior elites that control American media would decry a riot of any kind, no matter who spurs it, right?

Yet, in the summer of 2020, small business owners had their property looted and possessions destroyed by violent mobs of Black Lives Matter rioters. Women were beaten, police stations were set ablaze and churches were vandalized.

Of course, the media told us that criminals stealing Gucci bags and robbing Target cash registers must be permitted for the sake of democracy.

These are the kind of “mostly peaceful protests” liberals prefer, apparently. Yet these rioters were praised because they vote for the Washington establishment overseeing America’s decline, the progressive Democrats. Meanwhile, January 6 protesters are portrayed as traitors because they vote for Trump. It is that simple.

Ironically, Democrats are so afraid of speech within their own ranks that they tried to block demonstrations from being within earshot of their party’s convention this summer. Thankfully, they forgot to check the local regulations, so the protest application was accidentally approved. Chalk another one up to bureaucratic incompetence. 

Since 2015, the deep state and left-wing media have acted to undermine Trump in ways that have served to tarnish the reputation of our institutions. Two impeachments and four indictments later, the ruling class is still terrified of a second Trump administration.

President Trump deserves to have his name cleared from the left’s egregious lies. That is why I am proud to fight for the truth, which is that the 45th president is only guilty of having exposed the far left for who they truly are.

Congressman Dale W. Strong represents the Fifth District of Alabama and is a member of the House Armed Services, Homeland Security, and Science, Space and Technology Committees.

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