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Here's why experts and lawmakers say you can't compare Black Lives Matter protesters to the US Capitol mob

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Hours before President Donald Trump was impeached on Wednesday for his role in inciting last week's deadly attack, several lawmakers described the rioters as White supremacists.

(CNN)Hours before President Donald Trump was impeached on Wednesday for his role in inciting last week's deadly attack, several lawmakers described the rioters as White supremacists.

"Let us be clear, this was a domestic terror attack perpetrated by riotist mobs of White supremacists, armed equipped and many skilled in police and military tactics who came to overturn an election in which their candidate Trump lost," Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus said in the group's hearing.

Rioters stormed the US Capitol building last week, unleashing a wave of comparisons to last year's Black Lives Matter protests.

Trump, who has embraced dog whistle tactics such as calling Mexicans "rapists" and called the words Black Lives Matter a "symbol of hate," incited them.

Here's a look what's driven the Black Lives Matter movement for nearly a decade and why Trump supporters broke into the Capitol:

In 2013, the unexpected verdict in the murder trial in the killing of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old Black teen who had been walking in his father's Florida neighborhood, led to the birth of Black Lives Matter -- one of the most well-known organizations fighting for the well-being of Black people.

"We live in a country built to keep us away from these resources that we need," says Kailee Scales, managing director of the Black Lives Matter Global Network.

In the wake of Floyd's killing last summer, large crowds took to the streets in multiple cities in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

Critics have responded to the phrase "Black Lives Matter" by coining their own slogans, such as "All Lives Matter," which some argue minimizes the current struggle Black people face against systemic racism, and "Blue Lives Matter," referring to the lives of police.

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