Is it possible there are Americans who didn’t know riots were happening on the streets of our cities?

Is it possible there are Americans who didn’t know riots were happening on the streets of our cities?
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The Left is suddenly seeing the handwriting on the wall. An article in the Guardian titled “With Donald Trump and this election, it feels ominously like 2016 all over again,” glumly acknowledges that “Biden’s lead may be sliding in critical states, and some estimates show him underperforming [Hillary] Clinton in the critical state of Wisconsin. … FiveThirtyEight  reports, troublingly, that ‘there are also nine states where Biden’s margin over Trump is smaller than Clinton’s was at this point in the campaign.'”

So what is changing the voter tide? It is the Democrats’ failure to mention the violence in the streets even once during their national convention. But the Democrats don’t deserve all the blame for ignoring the rioting, which so far is estimated to have caused $2 billion in damages. They were simply following the lead of the media, which have been reporting for the last three months that the “protests” — not riots — have been “mostly peaceful.” Justified, moreover. You see, their purpose has been to call attention to what a racist cesspoll America remains, as evidenced by police continuing to hunt down and murder unarmed black men. (RELATED: CNN: There’s very little rioting, very little violence)

But, you may be asking, haven’t Americans witnessed videos and photographs of the mayhem with their own eyes? To which I reply, not the three fifths of them who get their “news” entirely from social media. You read that right. In July, the Pew Research Center published a report whose title grimly acknowledges that “Americans Who Mainly Get Their News on Social Media Are Less Engaged, Less Knowledgeable.” That report, which draws on an earlier Pew Research Center study, fixes the number at 62%.

Sure, the Democrats and their mainstream media enablers have tried to undo the damage since the RNC by tweeting daily that the violence is occurring on Donald Trump’s watch. But for Americans who are scratching their heads and asking “What violence? Where did it come from?” it’s too little, too late. (RELATED: Forget ‘polling’: Democratic reactions to the riots are about calling it a TWO-sided war of ‘extremism’)

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."