“You have the right not to wear T-shirts incriminating yourself, you… you fucking moron.” https://t.co/pDHffn5z3K
— Euan MacDonald (@Euan_MacDonald) September 14, 2023
Do me a favor, Henry: Make this into an ad. Vote Trump, so seditionists can run the streets again! https://t.co/PdkJnVvhjU
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) September 14, 2023
I wrote up a piece for @ArcDigi about some of the MAGA responses to the Tarrio sentence. Sarah Palin asked “what’s the point of being a good guy?” And the likes of Matt Walsh and Michael Knowles naturally talked about child traffickers and rapists. https://t.co/pXDbnc5NO8
— Alan Elrod (@aselrod) September 8, 2023
If Tarrio showed up unannounced in her nice suburban neighborhood, Palin would either call out the neighborhood watch or ask him where his landscaping equipment was.
Sarah Palin went on Eric Bolling’s Newsmax show this week to express her displeasure at Enrique Tarrio being sentenced to 22 years for his involvement in the January 6 insurrection. For Palin, Tarrio’s sentence is an outrage for a fairly simple reason: he and other January 6 defendants are the good guys…
Palin’s argument is perfectly in step with how extremist nationalism operates. The people acting on behalf of the nation cannot be doing wrong. They’re by definition heroic figures. If they’re not that, they’re redeemed by their sheer everydayness.
This is typical of January 6 apologia. The insurrectionists were some combination of patriotic, harmless, and understandably outraged people, united by being normal Americans.
At worst, they were people who got carried away and committed some minor offenses like scuffling with officers and damaging property. At best? It was 1776.
What’s important is that these are the good Americans, the good guys. Their actions don’t deserve or necessitate the use of the state’s powerful capacity to apply justice. In fact, doing so delegitimizes the state because no good government would treat them like the real criminals who are deservedly punished by our police and courts every day…
Matt Lewis, at the Daily Beast:
… Former Arizona Republican gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake took the opportunity to revisit an old trope, calling it a “staged riot,” and saying that “many of the people were encouraged to go in by FBI informants.”
Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suggested that, as president, he would pardon rioters who were handed “excessive sentences.” Like others on the right, DeSantis went out of his way to argue that “a lot of people with the BLM riots… didn’t get prosecuted at all.”…
… Likewise, presidential candidate and tech bro Vivek Ramaswamy lamented that “Antifa and BLM rioters roam free while peaceful Jan. 6 protesters are imprisoned without bail.” As such, Ramaswamy pledged to pardon “all peaceful, nonviolent Jan. 6 protesters who were denied their constitutional due process rights.”…
Regardless of the sentencing, it seems likely that the fate of the Capitol rioters will ultimately be determined based on which party wins next year’s presidential election. So while their prosecution wasn’t politically motivated, their pardoning most certainly would be.
This is an open secret that is already being used to encourage MAGA voters to get-out-the-vote…
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee declared this week that “People in power use their police agencies to arrest their opponents for made-up crimes in an attempt to discredit them bankrupt and imprison them, exile them, are all of the above. And if you’re not paying attention, you may not realize that Joe Biden is using exactly those tactics to make sure that Donald Trump is not his opponent in 2024.”
“If these tactics end up working to keep Trump from winning or even running in 2024,” Huckabee continued, “it is going to be the last American election that will be decided by ballots rather than bullets.” (Regarding Huckabee’s dangerous rhetoric, it’s unclear where the warning of violence stops and the inciting of violence begins.)…
Every woman, too…
“Don’t take me seriously, I’m a fucking blowhard” is true of 99.995% of these people. They’re just unserious fucking blowhards.
The problem, of course, is the remaining 0.005%. https://t.co/i7gkmkElMF
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) September 11, 2023
Ashli Babbitt’s mother was captured on video making a death threat against Nancy Pelosi.
She claimed it wasn’t a threat because she wasn’t going to follow through on it. https://t.co/BVD43UmC2n
— MeidasTouch (@MeidasTouch) September 11, 2023
Micki Witthoeft, the mother of January 6th insurrectionist Ashli Babbitt, once again called for Nancy Pelosi to be hanged in another sick violence-laden rant this weekend…
“Being an equal opportunity rope swinger, I think Nancy Pelosi belongs at the end of a rope,” Witthoeft said to deafening cheers from the crowd of terrorists. She went on, “again these are not threats because I don’t want to get hit with seditious conspiracy or some other charge. So while you’re writing the indictment FBI get that straight. I said they deserve it, not that I’m going to do it.”
Witthoeft: “I’m not a vigilante, and I don’t plan on stringing Nancy Pelosi or [Capitol Police Officer] Michael Byrd up. So I will have to wait for God to give them their justice, or the American people. Because it’s within our power.”
Just to note: the FBI, just like any agency of the DOJ, or Jack Smith, or any DA or prosecutor, doesn’t have indictment capability. That power rests with citizen grand juries.
The FBI does, however, have the ability to investigate the increasingly violent calls for terrorism on the right.
Also the charming Ms. Witthoeft:
— Joe Perticone (@JoePerticone) August 19, 2023
Meanwhile, at the Justice Department…
Justice Dept is stacking up more Jan 6 guilty pleas (650+ so far)
Tyng Yang of Illinois has pleaded guilty to civil disorder.
Prosecutors said, "When.. officers attempted to clear the crowd, Yang forcibly interfered by physically grabbing hold of an officer’s baton"
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) September 14, 2023
A growing wave of new Jan 6 arrests. Feds have now charged Billy Gober of Texas. They allege Gober confronted officers as police line collapsed & “Gober charged at another MPD officer, grabbed the officer’s baton, and attempted to take it.”
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) September 14, 2023