Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Coddling Criminals

When the House Oversight Committee held a hearing on the insurrection of January 6, you would think that the tough-on-crime GOP would come down on the perps like a ton of bricks.

Guess what.

During a House Oversight committee hearing Tuesday, several Republicans spent their speaking time expressing concern for a specific group of people involved in the January 6 attack: the insurrectionists themselves.

Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) was preoccupied with whether any insurrectionists were being held in solitary confinement, pressing FBI Director Christopher Wray on the matter.

“I am troubled that reportedly dozens of individuals from the January 6 riots have been held without bond in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day,” Hice said, noting that “even Elizabeth Warren” called that form of punishment “cruel and psychologically damaging.”

He asked Wray how many insurrectionists were currently held in isolation.

“I don’t know the number that would be held in those conditions,” Wray responded, adding that it’s a “decision made by the court” and that “I don’t keep up on the terms of confinement or detention.”

“There’s a great deal of concern with this,” Hice asserted, before moving on to ask why there haven’t been investigations into the Black Lives Matter protests from last summer.

I would hope that the “great deal of concern” would reflect the fact that the GOP themselves should be held liable for the crimes of the rioters. After all, they’re blaming BLM for the protests last summer, so let’s just go with tarring anyone you can think of that might be sympathetic with a particular cause — including members of Congress — and let the courts figure it out.


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