Judge rips Trump supporter who stormed Capitol: 'Your vote doesn't count any more than anyone else's'
A federal judge laid into a Capitol rioter and former president Donald Trump during a plea hearing.
Karl Dresch, of Calumet, Michigan, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor count of willfully and knowingly parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building as part of an agreement with prosecutors that will allow him to avoid additional jail time -- but not a tongue-lashing from the judge, reported The Detroit News.
"We're not here today because he supported the former president," said D.C. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson. "Millions of people voted for him and did not heed his call to descend on the nation's Capitol. He was arrested because he was an enthusiastic participant in an effort to subvert and undo the electoral process.
"At the end of the day," the judge added, "the fact is that the defendant came to the Capitol because he placed his trust in someone who repaid that trust by lying to him."
The 40-year-old Upper Peninsula man received six months in prison, which was credited as time he's already served in jail awaiting trial, and $500 in restitution for his involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Four other counts in the indictment against him, including obstructing an official proceeding and entering or remaining on restricted grounds, were dismissed.
Dresch went inside the Capitol for about 25 minutes and posted Facebook photos of himself in the building, and referred to former vice president Mike Pence as a traitor, compared the insurrection to July 4, 1776, and vowed to "be back stronger."
"Your vote doesn't count any more than anyone else's," Berman Jackson said. "You don't get to cancel them out. Patriotism means loyalty to country ... not to single head of state"
Newt Gingrich hurls racist rant: Democrats want to ‘drown’ US with immigrants ‘to get rid of the rest of us’
Disgraced former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is bashing immigrants coming to America without entry papers while blaming Democrats for the influx in a racist screed, despite the increase dating back well into the Trump era.
Wailing to fellow pro-Trump acolyte Maria Bartiromo on Fox News, Gingrich pushed a horrid far-right fascistic attack, claiming that immigrants are being brought in to "replace" white Americans, who he referred to as "traditional classic Americans."
Gingrich also accused Democrats of being "anti-American" and "radical."
"They don't come all the way across Mexico for the purpose of visiting for two days," Gingrich cried, as Media Matters reports. Gingrich's wife Ambassador to the Vatican under Donald Trump, the former president.
"They want to be in America," he said, ignoring all the reasons immigrants are desperate to leave Central America: drugs, gangs, bad economies, climate change, the coronavirus pandemic, crime, and death. Many of those factors are a direct result of American policies and actions.
"And I think what's hard for most of us to accept, is that the anti-American left would love to drown traditional classic Americans with as many people as they can who know nothing of American history, nothing of American tradition, nothing of the rule of law," he insisted, also ignoring that for centuries immigrants unschooled in American democracy and traditions have been coming to the U.S. to make a better life for their families.
Some experts blame Gingrich for the extremism and polarization of American politics today. Gingrich frames himself as an icon of conservative and traditional America but in fact is a thrice-married, twice divorced serial adulterer who cheated on his first wife while prosecuting President Bill Clinton's impeachment for lying about his affair, then asked his wife to agree to an open marriage. He left his first two wives while they were ill. He also skirted military service, using his status as a student and as a father to get deferments rather than serve his country in Vietnam. Gingrich was forced to resign as Speaker of the House in 1998 after a terrible drubbing in the November elections, which historians say was due to his ethics violations and extramarital affair with a woman, a congressional staffer 23 years his junior.
"And I think that," Gingrich continued in his anti-immigrant screed to Bartiromo, "if you go and you look at the radical left, this is their ideal model is to get rid of the rest of us because we believe in George Washington or we believe in the Constitution, and you see this behavior over and over again."
What Gingrich is engaging in is promoting fear via "the great replacement theory," hate speech used by Fox News' Tucker Carlson, antisemites, fascists, racists, the religious right, white nationalists, and white supremacists. Many likely remember the "tiki-torch-wielding" neo-Nazis marching in Charleston at the 2017 Unite the Right rally, chanting, "You will not replace us," and "Jews will not replace us."
That's what Gingrich is doing, all in this short 43-second clip:
'It's a WAR!': Jan. 6 rioter with ties to Ammon Bundy arrested after filming QAnon shaman at Capitol
A Capitol rioter with ties to militant far-right activist Ammon Bundy has been arrested, nearly seven months after she filmed a video inside the Capitol featuring so-called "QAnon shaman" Jacob Angeli.
Pam Hemphill, a self-proclaimed citizen journalist, is charged with four misdemeanors, including violent or disorderly conduct, in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection Boise's NPR affiliate reports.
"Shortly after the riot, Pam Hemphill posted a long video of her at the Capitol alongside the now famous 'Q Shaman,' who was dressed in animal skins and a helmet with horns," the station reports. "In the video, she refers to doing something similar at the Idaho Capitol, an apparent reference to the storming of a public gallery in that building by Ammon Bundy and members of his People's Rights network in August 2020 in violation of COVID-19 protocols."
Hemphill reportedly is a founding member of the People's Rights network, and at least the second person from the group to be charged in the insurrection.
Ryan J. Reilly, a senior justice reporter for HuffPost, posted screen shots of Hemphill's Facebook posts prior to the insurrection.
"It's not going to be a FUN Trump Rally that is planned for January 6th, its (SIC) a WAR!" Hemphill wrote on Dec. 28. "The fight for America is REAL, show up I don't want to hear your excuses. We have no second chances, if Millions and I mean Millions show up we may have a chance. FIND A WAY!"
Later, she posted a photo of herself holding a large firearm. "Happy New Year!" she wrote above the photo. "On my way to Washington DC January 6th!"
The Idaho Statesman reported that as of Tuesday night, a criminal complaint in Hemphill's case remained sealed.
"After the Jan. 6 riot, Hemphill shared some of her videos with WUSA, a CBS-affiliated TV station in Washington, D.C., and talked to a reporter with the station," the Statesman reported. "WUSA reported that Hemphill says she 'made it inside the Capitol, but she claims she was pushed in and got hurt before an officer came to help her.'"
More from WUSA's report: "Hemphill, a Trump supporter from Idaho, rushed up the stairs as soon as the doors were getting smashed. The self-proclaimed citizen journalist spent more than 30 minutes capturing the events as rioters tried to get in and yelling at police. For several minutes, you can see a man with face paint and a furry Viking headdress dubbed 'QAnon Shaman' urging people to leave after President Donald Trump in his Twitter video told protesters to stand down."
Watch some of the video captured by Hemphill, as well as WUSA's January story featuring Hemphill, below.
Jake Angeli, the "QAnon Shaman", is seen urging people to follow Trump's request and leave after the windows to the… https://t.co/pedwNpOVOo— Matthew Torres (@Matthew Torres) 1610146871.0
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