CNN worked hard on Thursday to dispel comparison between Jan. 6 and a violent clash between anti-Israel protesters outside the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters.
Late Wednesday, the Capitol Police confronted violent protesters outside the DNC’s HQ in Washington, D.C. The situation was particularly tense because top members of the Democratic Party, some of whom receive a 24-hour security detail from the Capitol Police, were inside the building at the time. Multiple police officers were injured in the violence, which the Capitol Police confirmed was violent and more resembled a riot.
Reacting to the incident on CNN, network anchor Dana Bash compared scenes from the violence to Jan. 6 — before immediately trying to retract the comparison.
“That is quite an image. We haven’t seen an image like that since January 6,” Bash said of images from the violence plastered on the screen.
“Totally different topic, totally different kind of people. I mean, I don’t want to at all compare the sort of substance of it,” Bash backtracked, “but the idea that there was violence and that there were Capitol Police officers actually hurt there.”
CNN political analyst Laura Barrón-López agreed with Bash but also took great pains to emphasize the “key differences” between the two events.
“I believe there were about six Capitol Police officers that were injured, according to the Capitol Police that put out that report last night,” Barrón-López said. “There are key differences. I wouldn’t compare it to January 6, but it was a clash, and the protesters, or the ralliers, were standing outside and blocking the entryways and the exitways ,and that’s why police confronted them and tried to get them to move because people couldn’t exit or enter the building —”
“And not just people, like the most senior House Democrats,” Bash pointed out.
At least one House Democrat would agree with the comparison. That lawmaker, who was not identified, told Axios that Wednesday’s violence “scared me more than Jan. 6.”