Jacob Chansley, known as the QAnon Shaman, is employing a different tactic in his defense. Chansley was recently sent to a federal prison in Colorado for a psychological evaluation. While there haven't been any reports about the findings of that, his lawyer has a new argument presented in his defense.
According to court documents, Chansley isn't responsible for his actions on Jan. 6, the whole country is.
"For better or for worse, the images of the Defendant on Jan. 6 have collectively become the de facto service mark for Jan. 6, akin to the Nike Swoosh ... inextricably and in perpetuity linked to an event which will become known not as a day of infamy, but as a day on which our nation was compelled to commence bellying up to the bar to acknowledge each of our roles in permitting, fostering, tolerating, endorsing or ignoring without action an ever increasing barrage of divisiveness, intolerance, untruths, misrepresentations, and mischaracterizations through an unrelenting multi-year propaganda odyssey," said the lawyer.
He's essentially arguing that because of "alternative facts" Chansley was at the Jan. 6 attacks. Becuase of the divisiveness in the United States, he went to the Capitol dressed in war paint and a Viking-looking helmet of sorts.
See a screen capture of the statement below:
A Board of Education member in Linden, New Jersey, who is also a former middle school principal is under fire for a Facebook post where he called Vice President Kamala Harris a "street walker," MyCentralJersey reports.
Gregory R. Martucci posted the comment on the "I grew up in Linden" Facebook page in response to a post from pro-Trump comedian and actor Terrence K. Williams that was shared by someone else.
"She is right off the wingnut streets of San Francisco what do you expect from a street walker who has no clue about America," Martucci wrote on Williams' post that featured Harris telling migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, "Do not come."
After MyCentralJersey published their story, Martucci sent a statement to the network, apologizing for his post.
"This was an 'offensive' comment which does not reflect who I am in both my private and public lives," Martucci wrote in an email to MyCentralJersey.com Tuesday. "My actions to this point have always reflected a positive support for all women and for all cultures. I assure you that I will continue to support all women and all cultures."
Sen. Josh Hawley's (R-Mo.) attempt to criticize federal government HR director Kiran Ahuja backfired greatly when Twitter users zeroed in on a number of key contradictory phrases in his speech. Apparently, the Republican lawmaker thought it would be beneficial to invoke the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his speech but Twitter quickly highlighted the grave error he made.
At one point, Hawley weighed in on the idea of critical race theory, suggesting he does not buy concerns about the impacts of exclusion.
He also targeted Ahuja describing her as "a disciple of radical critical theorists." In her new capacity, Hawley believes "she could use her platform to promote radical ideologies that seek to divide, rather than unite the American people."
Hawley then claimed he believes people should be "judged by the content of his character." That line quickly caught the attention of Twitter users who wasted no time using the line against the embattled lawmaker.
Hawley also took to Twitter with remarks doubling down on his stance. He tweeted, "Critical race theory says America is oppressive and our future will be defined by racial division & strife. I reject that prophecy of America's future. I take my stand on the goodness of the American people. I take my stand on hope."
One Twitter user wrote, "Goodness of American people? Here are your "good" people. You are an insurrectionist and history will remember you as such."
Another user also chimed in saying, "It never ceases to amaze me how quickly conservatives can whip their base into a frenzy by creating a bogeyman out of an obscure academic theory, mostly taught in graduate and doctoral courses."
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