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I still feel like no media outlet is hitting the right narrative with the Capitol raid—it’s one of those things where the optics required don’t allow for the total discourse to be had.

Like, face it, this happened not just because of Trump, but because America is a right-wing country. United States liberalism is basically to the right of the center in terms of total politics. If America listened to socialists as much as it does fascists, we’d have universal healthcare, parenting leave, four-day workweeks and the dismantling of both the banking and military industrial complex by now.

(Really, though, while Trump does have a dangerous cult of personality at this point, the circumstances that led to what happened in DC are a microcosm of much larger issues than what can be summed up by the name “Donald Trump.” But by blaming Trump for everything, the media can perform enough in its own process of accountability to, in the future, act free from charges when these things keep happening.)

& now there’s gonna be some five-day, celebrity-fueled event celebrating Joe Biden, because again, the optics matter more than anything now and for at least the next four years.


Colin Smith is an interdisciplinary artist & art director living & working in Los Angeles. His assembly-based work focuses on human nature and its relationship to media, language, time, and systems of control.

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