On Saturday, supporters of former President Donald Trump are organizing a rally in Washington, DC to support the January 6 attackers currently being held for their role in this act of domestic terrorism.
The rally sends a clear message: if you commit acts of violence to help Trump, he and his supporters will support you.
The rally sends a clear message: if you commit acts of violence to help Trump, he and his supporters will support you. Despite the fact that the event may actually be relatively small with around 700 attendees, this post and what it represents makes arguably the most dangerous pro-Trump rally to date.
Saturday’s event, named the “Justice for D6” rally, is hosted by former Trump campaign strategist Matt Braynard, who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations by claiming he had proof of the 2020 election fraud, based on the false claim that those still detained are political prisoners.
On Thursday, Trump issued a statement that read in part, “Our hearts and minds are with those so unjustly persecuted in connection with the January 6 protest,” insisting as he has previously that the prosecution is political in nature.
This is nothing new – Trump has been leading this crusade for some time, baselessly claiming that the Jan. 6 attackers still behind bars “are being treated incredibly unfairly.” He also compared their treatment by law enforcement to other groups: ‘You look at people in jail and nothing is happening to Antifa and they burned down towns and killed people. “(The Associated Press detailed that hundreds of people have been prosecuted for crimes resulting from protests last summer, with an average sentence of 27 months in prison.)
Whether the rally turns violent or not, the real damage lies in reinforcing Trump’s dangerous message and the possibility that the January 6 attacks will be more than a one-off attempt by Trump and his supporters to overthrow future elections by violence. A late July CBS poll found that 55% of Trump voters view the Jan.6 siege on Capitol Hill as a “defense of freedom.” (That’s compared to 31% of all Americans who share this view.) And among Republicans, only 39% “strongly disapprove” of the Jan. 6 attack, up from 51% in January.
These poll numbers, along with recent DHS reports that “certain conspiracy theories associated with the reinstatement of former President Trump have included calls for violence if desired results are not achieved”, are a signal of alarm that we cannot afford to ignore.
The real damage lies in reinforcing Trump’s dangerous message.
The truth is that of the more than 600 people arrested to date for their role in the January 6 attack, “only a handful”, according to the AP, have been denied bail due to the seriousness of the situation. their alleged crimes and the danger they might run. pose to our nation.
As a federal judge noted in May when considering a January 6 bail application for one of the accused, “despite the ‘grave and frightening nature’ of the events that took place at the United States Capitol on January 6, “not all defendants should be held without bail.
The court explained that this was reserved only for those “who actually assaulted police officers and forced open windows, doors and barricades, and those who aided, conspired, planned or coordinated such actions”. And even then, the prosecution bears the burden of proving by “clear and convincing evidence” that there is “no condition or combination of conditions that can be imposed which would reasonably ensure the safety of the community” if the accused was released on bail.
Those currently detained for their involvement in the January 6 insurgency include Dominic Pezzola, a known member of the violent far-right group Proud Boys, who the DOJ says stole a riot shield from a police officer of the Capitol, then used it to smash open a window of the Capitol, allowing others to enter the building. Kenneth Harrelson, a member of the paramilitary group The Oath Keepers, is accused of being part of a group that chased President Nancy Pelosi during the attack and supplied weapons to the riots.
Daniel Ray Caldwell, a former US Navy from Texas, faces an indictment of seven counts for spraying at least 15 police officers with a chemical outside the Capitol which he later bragged about in video. In denying bail, the federal judge noted that Caldwell attended the rally with the intention of attacking police as he had brought the chemical spray with him and “wore glasses designed to prevent the spray to get into his own eyes ”. The court concluded that “clear and compelling evidence supports a conclusion that no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably ensure the safety of the community” if released on bail.
The DOJ alleges that Thomas Sibick was among the mob that brutally beat Capitol Police Officer Michael Fanone – whom you may recall testifying in July before the January 6 committee that he had been “Caught, beaten, tasé, while being treated as a traitor to my country.” In denying bail, the judge noted that Sibick showed no remorse and was seen on video tearing Fanone’s badge off his vest and stealing his police radio – like the the judge said, denying Fanone a “lifeline.”
Jeffrey Sabol is accused of catching a Metropolitan Police officer who was guarding the interior of the Capitol building, dragging the officer up the stairs while “hitting the policeman’s back”. Sabol was also charged with using an “instrument which is said to be a police baton on the lower neck of the police officer”. As Sabol told police upon his arrest, he “was fighting tyranny in the DC capital”.
The list goes on. But the fact remains that these people, in their desire to “fight for Trump”, carried out a violent attack on our Capitol in an attempt to overthrow the presidential election. And those who are denied bail are charged with crimes that justify it legally – not politically.
This is what a nascent fascist movement looks like. It should send shivers down the spines of anyone who believes in our democratic republic.