A number of fringe right-wing figures are now comparing the protests that have broken out in Cuba — where citizens are now marching against the island nation’s one-party communist dictatorship — to the Trump supporters who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
It should be obvious that there is a major difference, of course, between a people who are struggling against an undemocratic government they have never been able to elect and a violent mob that attempted to overthrow the results of a national election, and that believed it was doing so on behalf of the incumbent president.
Indeed, Trump and his supporters had demanded in violent terms that then-Vice President Mike Pence assert a constitutionally baseless, unilateral authority to refuse to recognize the election results, an avenue by which an incumbent administration could have installed itself in office indefinitely. But by the logic emerging on the far right, the ongoing prosecution of those Trump supporters is the moral equivalent of the Cuban regime’s attempts to repress its citizens.
Shortly after midnight, right-wing figure Candace Owens retweeted and commented on a post from far-right social media personality and conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich:
Right-wing figures compare Cuban protests against dictatorship to January 6 riot that attempted to impose a dictatorship