What happened on January 6th at the United States Capitol was tragic, but it was not a “insurgency,” as the lying media, Democrats, and GOP #NeverrTrump swampers have reported.
One of the most tragic aspects of that day was the death of an innocent Trump supporter named Ashli Babbit for no apparent cause. Her death is still a mystery four months later. Officer Sicknick’s death, which has been shrouded in false news, misinformation, and mystery, is also a tragedy.
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But the bottom line is that most of those charged in the January 6th melee will not serve a single day in prison, which, according to a new Politico piece, will be a major embarrassment for Joe Biden, the Democrats, and the media, who have spent months portraying the incident as the worst thing that has ever happened to our country, resulting in massive crackdowns and turning the nation’s capital upside down.
The media’s recent focus has been on high-profile conspiracy cases involving groups like the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys. However, the majority of the cases involve minor, low-level accidents that are actually “trespassing” on private property.
According to a POLITICO review of the Capitol riot-related incidents, almost a quarter of the over 230 suspects officially and publicly charged so far are only facing misdemeanor charges. And as new cases are unsealed almost every day, hundreds of those arrested are facing formal charges.
Judges, prosecutors, and defense lawyers have all stated in recent days that they do not expect many of these “MAGA visitors” to face harsh penalties.
There are two primary explanations for this: Despite the fact that prosecutors stuffed their charging papers with language about the insurgency’s existential threat to the government, many of the rioters’ acts boiled down to trespassing. And judges have questioned how vigorously to lump such cases together with the more egregious offenders.
Erica Hashimoto, a former federal public defender who is now a law professor at Georgetown, predicts that all of these cases can be resolved without prison time or jail time. “One of this country’s fundamental principles is that we have the right to protest if we disagree with our government.
Of course, some demonstrations include violent actions, but misdemeanors can be more fitting than felonies if the individuals attempting to convey their views do not indulge in violence.”
The possibility of scores of Jan. 6 rioters agreeing to plea bargains in exchange for minor sentences may be difficult for the Biden administration to justify, given that the Capitol Hill mob has been portrayed as a particularly dangerous threat. Attorney General Merrick Garland has named the proceedings his highest early priority, describing the storming of Congress as “a hideous assault that aimed to undermine a pillar of our democracy.” Before taking office, Biden said the rioters’ attempt to reverse the election results by force “borders on sedition.”