Saturday, June 15, 2024

Trump Backers Tread Carefully as Rally for Jan. 6 Dissidents Heads to DC

'I am so proud of all of the brave patriots who participated in these rallies under the same threat to their rights of so many who are being held in prison...'

(Headline USA) Speculation on both the Right and Left are swirling about whether Saturday’s Justice for J6 rally in Washington, DC, will be a repeat of the Jan. 6 uprising at the US Capitol, a false flag or a tempest in a teapot.

The rally—being held in solidarity with those arrested for disrupting Congress and breaching the Capitol during the earlier pro-Trump demonstration—is set to begin at noon on Saturday at Union Square, which lies on the Mall side of the Capitol Reflecting Pool.

A handful of notable conservatives including Rep. Ralph Norman, R-SC, are slated to speak at the event.

But as former President Donald Trump openly considers another run for the White House, many of the Republican lawmakers who supported his electoral challenges were staying away out of feat that the event might be infiltrated by FBI or other deep-state operatives who wish to further their smear campaign against conservatives.

The guidelines issued for the event instruct people not to wear clothing or carry signs that would be identified with Trump or other specific issues, encouraging them instead to opt for more generic displays of patriotism.

Despite the ongoing tensions, organizer Matt Braynard, a former Trump campaign strategist, has been promoting the event and others like it in cities nationwide.

“I am so proud of all of the brave patriots who participated in these rallies under the same threat to their rights of so many who are being held in prison now for a non-violent expression of their First Amendment rights,” he said in a July news release.

More than 600 political prisoners currently await their verdict after having been indefinitely detained—likely in violation of the 6th Amendment and other constitutional rights—for months after the original rally.

Lawyers have complained of overly harsh conditions for the Jan. 6 defendants in the D.C. jail, saying they are being held in what has been dubbed the “Patriot Unit.”

Despite Democrats’ outcries of “treason” and “insurrection,” the worst offenders in many cases were given the trumped-up felonious charge of “obstruction” due to claims that they interfered with the operation of Congress, which had been called into session to certify the results of the Electoral College vote following the 2020 election.

Other Jan. 6 dissidents received lesser charges such as “trespassing,” although many were reportedly invited in by Capitol Police and behaved respectfully upon entering the building.

Only around 60 people have pleaded guilty, mostly to misdemeanor charges of demonstrating in the Capitol.

The anticipated crowd size and the intensity of the Saturday rally are unclear, but authorities in the Democrat-run capital city appear to be taking no chances.

Security fencing was approved Monday for areas around the Capitol, and reinforcements are being summoned to back up the Capitol Police, whose leadership was criticized and summarily dismissed for its handling of Jan. 6.

Meanwhile, the rhetoric on the Left continues to portray the four-hour Jan. 6 revolt as being on par with national tragedies like the Civil War, Pearl Harbor and 9/11—even though Democrats, themselves, had repeatedly encouraged their activist constituents to commit similar acts of civil disobedience to protest the Trump administration.

Show trials like the second impeachment attempt against Trump and the current Jan. 6 inquisition in the US House—overseen by the same cast of partisan actors, including Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.—have only exacerbated the bitter political divide, undermining then-candidate Joe Biden’s promise to reunify the country in the spirit of bipartisanship.

Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said those who broke the law need to be prosecuted, “otherwise, we just rationalize, excuse and encourage more of the same.”

Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press

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