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GOP Rep. claims Capitol insurrectionists are 'political prisoners' held hostage by the government

Added 05-15-21 07:14:02am EST - “Rep. Louie Gohmert from Texas accused the Biden administration of "silencing" Trump-supporting Americans.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “GOP Rep. claims Capitol insurrectionists are 'political prisoners' held hostage by the government”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas took to the House floor on Friday to downplay the January 6 Capitol riot, describing the insurrections as "political prisoners held hostage by their own government."

"Joe Biden's Justice Department is criminalizing political protest, but only political protest by Republicans or conservatives," Gohmert said in his lengthy speech in which he cited several conservative news outlets, according to CNN. "They're destroying the lives of American families, they're weaponizing the events of January 6 to silence Trump-supporting Americans."

Gohmert pointed to some defendants who are being held in jail in Washington awaiting trial, calling them "victims of an unequal system of justice in a country where rioters and looters on the left are let off the hook even considered heroes while those on the right are considered hardened criminals without any record before a trial can even begin." 

"Their only crime was supporting Donald Trump and concern about the fraud Democrats have been telling us about in elections for many years," he added.

Since the insurrection, which resulted in the deaths of five people including a police officer, 479 people have been arrested and charged with crimes. Here is an updated list.

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