"Yes. The supporters of the insurrection are desperate to downplay the significance of Jan 6th. They do this by trying to compare what happened that day to BLM riots. What happened on Jan hasn't happened in America for over one hundred years."
It's not downplaying what happened on Jan 6th to point out the similarities which do in fact exist between it and other violent protests. You want to not just downplay but completely deny any similarities. Namely, the similarities of those who either ignored the violence or implied it was justified because the respective protests were for "a good cause" (from their point of view), and the similarities of those who want all the protesters treated exactly the same way as those who committed the most violent acts or had intentions of mayhem.
I'm not in either of these categories, but it appears that you and a number of others here are in the latter, at least when it comes to Jan. 6...
After witnessing the testimony of the officers that defended the capital that day I believe anyone who participated in any way, before during or after, in the attempt to overthrow our democracy on Jan 6th should get the maximum sentence allowed.
That's an emotional response. Like comparing the event to 9/11, or suggesting it's even more significant than 9/11 ("hasn't happened in America for over one hundred years.") There have been numerous attacks on the U.S. government over the past 100 years that were more severe than this one.
Accusing me of trying to "downplay" the clusterf*ck that happened on Jan 6 for pointing this out is also an emotional response. I believe that those who committed or organized violence on that day should be prosecuted aggressively. I also believe there were people on that day who were just there to demonstrate, like people who went to picket Bush's or Trump's inaugurations, and never expected they'd end up following a crowd into a restricted area of the Capitol. The guy who got 8 months after pleading guilty sounds like one of those people.