Hundreds of millions of people here in the United States and around the world watched in absolute horror on January 6, 2021 as a mob of pro-Trump protesters marched on the U.S. Capitol, rioted, and engaged in the sort of insurrection that wasn’t thought impossible in this, the strongest democracy in the world.
Thankfully, the insurrection was put down, Joe Biden was certified as the 46th President of the United States, and federal authorities began deciding how to find and prosecute those who took part in the riots.
But according to Texas GOP Congressman Louie Gohmert, those people who broke into the Capitol building are “political prisoners” who did absolutely nothing wrong.
Gohmert made his remarks Friday in the House of Representatives, the very same House where insurrectionists called for the blood of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and chanted that then-Vice President Mike Pence should be hanged. The Texan proudly stood and declared:
Actually, the Justice Department is prosecuting the people who committed federal crimes that have been on the books for decades. And if these rioters didn’t want to destroy their own lives and those of their families, they should have stayed home and not engaged in criminal acts. It’s just that simple.
However, Gohmert was only getting warmed up, and what he said next is a slap in the face of both reality and history:
Wrong again! Rioters and looters “on the left” are also charged when they break the law. They are prosecuted to the full extent of the law because that law is written to apply to everyone, not just those of one political stripe or the other. And that’s exactly how it should be.
Louie Gohmert, like so many on the right, is delusional and seeking to rewrite what happened on that fateful day in January. His attempt to pretend what we all saw didn’t happen is an insult to every reasonable American’s intelligence.
But that’s the Republican way in the Age of Trump: Lie and deny, use falsehoods and conspiracy theories to cover up your own nefarious actions. It’s the epitome of what Orwell warned us of in 1984.
Sedition, treason, and rioting are wrong, un-American, and illegal. And Louie Gohmert is a lying sack of dung for trying to whitewash such actions.