(BrightPress.org) – Oath Keepers founder and leader Stewart Rhodes was convicted in a Washington, D.C. court of “seditious conspiracy” to stop the transfer of power from President Trump to President Biden during the January 6th riot at the Capitol.
His May sentencing saw him hit with 18 years in federal prison, after Obama-appointed Judge Amit Mehta reamed him out in court, calling him a terrorist with a pattern of behavior that makes him a threat to the community. Mehta was sure to deploy a terrorism modifier to lengthen the sentence as much as possible.
There was no evidence of terrorism, however, and Mehta quoted Rhodes’s politically protected speech to make extraordinary claims about his potential threat to the community and U.S. government organizations.
The facts are unquestioned. Rhodes never went inside the Capitol on January 6th. He never told anyone to go inside. All members of his organization that were there that day were unarmed, including Rhodes himself. Those that had weapons left them in their hotel rooms, despite many being licensed to carry. They had no plan to enter the Capitol or disrupt official proceedings, and many Oath Keepers assisted police throughout the day.
Contrasted with D.C. Commissioner Patricia Eguino, the two-tiered system of justice when it comes to January 6th becomes apparent. Eguino has bragged multiple times about being outside the Capitol, shouting at “Trump supporters.”
Eguino and Rhodes essentially did the same thing: stand outside the Capitol on January 6th and express constitutionally protected political speech. The conservative man who questioned the results of the 2020 election will serve 18 years in prison, barring a successful appeal or pardon from a conservative administration. The leftist woman was subsequently elected to office in January 2023.
One of her recent retweets invokes fear over a new variant of a common respiratory illness. Eguino repeatedly tells the story of her January 6th counter-protest and has used it to catapult her political career.
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