I don’t think we can just keep making these comparisons to the USSR, because repeating that same comparison is really starting to trivialize the severity of what is going on here.
But I can’t think of anything else to compare it to.
We’ve never in history seen political show trials on this scale, except under communism.
A leader of the far-right Proud Boys was sentenced on Friday to 18 years in prison over the U.S. Capitol attack, equaling the longest punishment in the case so far, while another member sentenced to 10 years yelled “Trump won” as he left court.
The pair were the latest members of far-right groups sentenced for taking part in the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on Congress, an attempt to overturn Donald Trump’s election defeat.
The 18-year sentence for Ethan Nordean, a leader of the Proud Boys convicted of seditious conspiracy, fell short of the 27 years prosecutors had sought and tied the sentence handed down to Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes in May.
The headlines all say “Proud Boys leader,” so you are supposed to assume it is “the leader.” In fact, he is “a leader.” I don’t even know who this guy is.
I looked up his picture.
I still don’t know who he is.
I’ve followed the Proud Boys more than most people, for years before January 6 even happened, and I don’t know who this guy is.
(You’ll remember that throughout the time I’ve been following them on this site, I said it was a setup and all these guys were going to end up in prison – just a side note.)
“If we don’t have a peaceful transfer of power in this country, we don’t have anything,” said U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly.
In a statement to the judge, Nordean called Jan. 6 a “complete and utter tragedy” and said he had gone to the Capitol to be a leader and to keep people out of trouble. His wife and sister pleaded for mercy.
Nordean’s attorney, Nick Smith, had argued for a sentence of 15 to 21 months.
Dominic Pezzola, a member of the Proud Boys, did not play a leadership role but was convicted of felonies including obstructing an official proceeding and assaulting police. He yelled, “Trump won!” as he left the courtroom after being sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Prosecutors said Pezzola’s assault on former Capitol Police Officer Mark Ode, in which he stole Ode’s riot shield and used it to smash at a window at the Capitol, helped to justify a lengthy prison term.
Pezzola’s attorneys had asked for their client to be sentenced to around five years in prison. Steven Metcalf, one of Pezzola’s attorneys, told the judge that Pezzola was caught in the “heat of the moment.”
“I stand before you with a heart full of regret,” Pezzola said in an emotional speech to the court before his outburst. “I never should’ve crossed the barrier at the Capitol that day.”
Prosecutors had sought a 20-year prison term for Pezzola.
I actually do remember this WOP.
I never understood why he was breaking windows when the cops were opening the doors and escorting people into the building.
I think maybe he is just dumb.
He did commit a crime, unlike most of these people. But 10 years is an insane sentence for breaking a window.
Really, when you consider the election was actually stolen, and this is what people were reacting to, I think the people who did commit actual violence should also be pardoned, as they were acting out in the name of protecting America.
Remember this when you go out with that “Blue Lives Matter” and defend the sickening cops because you hate black people.
The cops are obviously in the right most of the time when they shoot the blacks – but who cares?
The cops are the enemy of the people. They do exactly whatever the government tells them to do.