Judge Tells Jan. 6 Insurrectionist That Trying To Overturn An Election Isn’t Patriotism, Actually

Supporters of President Donald Trump inside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)
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U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Wednesday put in explicit terms how Trumpland’s rebranding of the Jan. 6 insurrectionists as oppressed political dissidents is utter hogwash.

During a sentencing hearing for Karl Dresch, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for storming the Capitol, Jackson bluntly asserted that he was “not a political prisoner,” as ex-President Donald Trump’s lackeys have recently started calling the insurrectionists.

“He was arrested because he was an enthusiastic participant in an effort to subvert and undo the electoral process,” the judge (who also oversaw Roger Stone’s case) said, per the Washington Post.

Jackson told Dresch that his vote in the 2020 election “doesn’t count any more than anyone else’s.”

“You don’t get to cancel them out and call for a war because you don’t like the results of the election,” she said. “You called yourself and the others patriots, but that’s not patriotism. Patriotism is loyalty to country, loyalty to the Constitution, not loyalty to a single head of state. That’s the tyranny we rejected on July 4th of 1776.”

Trump and his foot soldiers have been attempting to whitewash the violent Capitol attack in recent months despite clear evidence that the siege was anything but a violent effort to overthrow the election.

Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Matt Gaetz (R-FL) — and a handful of other members of the motley crew of Trump toadies held a clownish press conference on the day of the House Jan. 6 selection committee’s first hearing to bleat about the “political prisoners.”

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  1. despite clear evidence that the siege was anything but a violent effort to overthrow the election.

    Fix please.

  2. Damn right it’s not patriotism! Nice and succinct. Considering the judge’s words for a t-shirt. Why can’t the Repubes understand and say this? Throw the bums out!

  3. Traitors for Trump. Yet all I’m seeing from the courts to date are a few slaps on the hand for misdemeanors, not what you would expect with insurrectionists and traitors.

  4. Jackson told Dresch that his vote in the 2020 election “doesn’t count any more than anyone else’s.”

    “You don’t get to cancel them out and call for a war because you don’t like the results of the election,” she said. “You called yourself and the others patriots, but that’s not patriotism. Patriotism is loyalty to country, loyalty to the Constitution, not loyalty to a single head of state. That’s the tyranny we rejected on July 4th of 1776.”

    That is an incredibly succinct statement that deserves to be broadcast far and wide. Just because Tucker Carlson and Donald Trump wrap themselves in the flag (often, literally!) and “Christian Nationalism,” doesn’t mean we should cede patriotism to them.

  5. Hear, hear. Spot on.

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