Trump’s rioters are neither hostages nor patriots

One of the most distressing things about the Donald Trump movement is seeing putative “conservatives” make excuses for the 2021 Capitol rioters. The same people who usually defend police and castigate rowdy protesters suddenly jettison their law-and-order pretensions and join former President Donald Trump in describing rioters as “hostages” and “patriots.”

Progressive journalist Bill Lueders provided a necessary corrective on Tuesday for such morally indefensible rationalizations.

Lueders summarized the charges against 22 of the convicted rioters. They are, he writes, only a “small sampling” of those already convicted and sentenced for crimes on Jan. 6, 2021. Of the 1,358 people charged with crimes related to the Capitol incursion, the offenses of 486 (and counting) were for physical assault or abuse of law enforcement personnel.

Lueders began with Jeffrey Sabol of
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