Civic Shout

Tell the Media: Stop Comparing Student Protests to January 6

In recent weeks, college students across the country have staged protests and demonstrations calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Now, as counterprotestors have resorted to violence and local law enforcement agencies have begun breaking up the encampments, some Republicans and pundits are trying to draw a false equivalence between these largely peaceful anti-war protests and the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

That false equivalence is being used to smear anti-war protestors and justify a violent and dangerous crackdown by law enforcement.

That's why we're launching an emergency petition calling on media outlets to stop comparing student protests to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. 

Donald Trump started the false equivalence by suggesting student anti-war protestors should face similar punishment to those who violently attacked the U.S. Capitol Building in an attempt to disrupt the peaceful transition of power.

“They took over a building. That is a big deal,” Trump said. "And I wonder if what’s going to happen to them will be anything comparable to what happened to J6, because they’re doing a lot of destruction, a lot of damages, a lot of people getting hurt very badly. I wonder if that’s going to be the same kind of treatment they gave J6."

Since then, pundits on both sides of the aisle – including David Frum, Al Sharpton, Ari Fleischer and Mika Brzezinski – have doubled down on this ridiculous comparison.

As Anand Giridharadas remarked, "there is no moral comparison between the January 6 insurrection and the campus protests over Gaza."

Let's be clear: Student anti-war protestors aren't trying to overturn the results of a presidential election. They didn't bring a gallows and noose with them. And they didn't murder a police officer and violently attack countless others.

Please add your name to our emergency petition calling on the media to stop comparing student protests to January 6.

By signing, you’re agreeing to receive periodic messages from Civic Shout—you can unsubscribe anytime. For texts, message & data rates apply. While on this site, you may also see content from other organizations that use