In a legal society, where our laws were applied fairly to all, the armed terrorists who rocked the nation, attempted an insurgency and forcibly occupied our Capitol would be thrown in jail for decades.
Specifically, these terrorists (they are not protesters; they are not rioters; they are terrorists, insurgents and traitors) violated the following federal laws:
- 18 USC § 2385. Seditious conspiracy. If “two or more persons … conspire … by force to prevent, obstruct or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take or possess United States property contrary to their authority, “The penalties are fines and twenty years’ imprisonment.
- 18 USC § 1361. Destruction of government property. If the damages exceed $ 100, the penalties are fines of up to $ 250,000 and ten years in prison.
- 18 USC § 111. Assault on Federal Agents. Fines vary, 20 years imprisonment.
- 18 USC § 351. Assault on Members of Congress. One year in prison.
- 41 CFR 102-74.380. Create a hazard on federal property. The penalties vary.
- 36 CFR 2.34 (and elsewhere). Disorderly conduct. 90 days imprisonment, $ 300 fine.
Will any of these charges be laid? The smiling, white, unmasked faces of these thieves – stealing podiums, breaking into offices, smashing windows – will they be identified and will the thieves be prosecuted?
Or will the indictment of these terrorists be as lax as their maintenance of order? After all, one need only compare the phalanxes of riot police who greeted the peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters with the few policemen in the DC subway, armed and overwhelmed, holding back waves of violent armed insurgents. As a BLM activist Deray McKesson said so“Without being dramatic, they would have literally shot us black people if we had collapsed into the Capitol building in an attempt to STORM THE SENATE CHAMBER.”
Cops crushed peaceful BLM protesters near my home in Brooklyn. With a crazy crowd in our Capitol, they literally took selfies.
If there is justice, decisions on how to prosecute these traitors could ultimately land on the office of our next Attorney General, Merrick Garland. Garland has pursued Timothy McVeigh, among others, and is intimately familiar with the pursuit of white nationalist terrorists. He would be the perfect best cop for this pace.
Then again, the charges can be continued or dropped, meaning that it will be at the discretion of Trump’s Justice Department, the same people who managed to fail to protect Capitol Hill in the first place. Or maybe Trump will forgive them all prospectively.
“The government then launched the book to Antifa members. Will he do that to pro-Trump terrorists now?“
For comparison, consider the great obsession of Fox News and the Republican Party: Antifa.
On July 7, the Department of Homeland Security arrested seven Antifa activists for their actions in Portland, Oregon, during the previous week. One was “accused of having willfully destroyed a closed circuit video camera”. Another was “charged with using his body to push and hold a glass door to the Hatfield courthouse shut, preventing officers from leaving the building and causing the door to burst.”
The government then threw the book at them. Will he do that to pro-Trump terrorists now?
It would be nice if there were consequences for the politicians who instigated this violence, including Trump, Rudy “Trial By Combat” Giuliani and Senator Josh Hawley, whose fist raised at protesters about to take to storming the capital was, of course, just an innocent gesture of support, since his fist is lily white, after all.
But before looking for our acts of sedition, let us remember that there is always a balance between continuing to incite violence and protecting free speech. And Donald Trump is nothing if not a good weasel. “Fight for me!” can mean a lot of things, not necessarily throwing chairs through the Capitol windows and wandering around like a bunch of drunken fratboys in the House bedroom.
And while Giuliani isn’t quite as good at the weasel, I’m not sure the “trial by fight” – which, you know, actually refers to gladiators and characters from. The iron Throne… Doesn’t really count as incitement to riot either.
So, no, the real recourse against the leaders of this parody, half-tragedy and half-farce, will have to come from elsewhere. Perhaps it will come from the self-reflective moments of Republican members of Congress who have finally recognized that inciting crowds is a bad idea once crowds have reached their very office doors.
Maybe it will come to church, as Rick Santorums around the world wonder if they’ve been in cahoots with sinners rather than saints. Perhaps it will come from honest people of all ideological leanings realizing that there are not “two sides” of “extremism” and “polarization” but a harmful right-wing nationalist terror that must be uprooted, crushed and destroyed for our country to survive.
Perhaps, at least, the perpetrators of this violence can be held responsible, if only for the destruction of property, if only for disorderly conduct. At least something to show the rest of America, and the world, that law and order remains. Perhaps we can take some solace from this, even if their puppeteers in the Oval Office and Fox News are breaking free again.
Or maybe justice won’t come at all.
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