This Morning’s Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield clashed with India Willoughby on today’s episode over claims the US Capitol riots were treated in a similar way to the Black Lives Matter protests last summer.
Yesterday, President Trump supporters and rioters stormed US congress in protest of his election loss to Joe Biden, climbing walls and smashing windows before taking photos of them in government offices and stealing podiums.
Four people died in the process, with two bombs discovered at the scene, but police failed to use force to calm the situation, and no arrests made despite the break-ins.
Speaking about the events on today’s This Morning, Nicola Thorp raised the point that violence against protesters would’ve been far more forthcoming if it was a Black Lives Matter protest, with rubber bullets and tear gas dispensed at peaceful protests in July.
But India disagreed, stating that she didn’t seen much difference between the reactions to the two events.
Phillip then asked her: ‘Are you supporting the people that broke into the building yesterday?’
‘Absolutely not, Phillip. Categorically I condemn it,’ India asserted.
When asked if she felt there was a difference in the policing and military reaction to the events, and if it would’ve been different if there was Black Lives Matter involvement, India then said it was down to media coverage, causing Phillip to cut her off.
Reminding her that the question was about police and military efforts to stop the situation, India then stated: ‘Oh I think it’s been basically the same, I don’t see any difference in terms of how the police have reacted.’
Holly and Phil both looked shocked to the response, with Nicola then adding in: ‘Are you kidding me? Black people have been killed in the streets, black people have been shot at and died in the streets before they’ve even got to Capitol Hill.
‘There was a woman called Miriam Carey in 2013, a black woman, with her 13-year-old daughter in the backseat, who took a wrong turn when she got to Capitol HIll and she was shot six times in the head.’
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.
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