As NBC News reported, not that you can call it a surprise:
Members of the House Oversight Committee on Friday toured a Washington, D.C., jail where some Jan. 6 defendants are being held and offered contrasting descriptions of conditions inside the facility.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who spearheaded the visit, painted a picture of constitutional violations and overall mistreatment, while her Democratic counterparts said the defendants were being treated fairly with nothing out of the ordinary…
GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, who was also on hand for the tour, was seen exchanging a hug with Micki Witthoeft, the mother of Ashli Babbitt, a Jan. 6 rioter who was shot by police as she jumped through a broken window while members of Congress fled.
Earlier this month when Fox News host Tucker Carlson unleashed widely-discredited selective footage attempting to recast of the violence of the January 6th, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol as “mostly peaceful chaos,” Boebert seized on Carlson’s false depiction of events and claimed the hundreds in custody and facing charges stemming from the events that day were wrongly imprisoned. Ironically, the fate of Ashli Babbit, who was killed by Capitol police at the front of a crowd smashing its way into the House chambers, runs directly counter to Carlson’s peaceful narrative–not that logical inconsistencies have ever much troubled Boebert.
Though clearly intended as theater, fortunately a couple of Democrats tagged along on the House Oversight Committee’s field trip to D.C. jail to set the record straight:
Rep. Jasmine Crockett of Texas, a former public defender, described the visit as “political theater,” adding that she “didn’t see anything that was alarming.”
California Rep. Robert Garcia told reporters that the defendants were “being treated very fairly appropriately,” adding that Republicans were “treating these insurrectionists like they’re pseudo celebrities.”
It’s in Boebert’s interest as much as the January 6th rioters facing justice to downplay every part of the events of that day, from the violence to the incitement of that violence from Republican politicians like Donald Trump and Boebert herself. Part of that effort involves manufacturing sympathy for those facing criminal charges, and bemoaning prison conditions they celebrate as “deterrent” when applied to “ordinary” criminals.
The moral of the story is that yes, jail sucks–but so does rioting at the Capitol because you don’t like how the last election went. And as part of a larger strategy to derail the certification of Joe Biden’s victory and keep Trump in office, which Boebert supported and even wielded as a threat in reference to her “constituents outside the building right now,” the rioters were doing something worse than merely rioting.
They were carrying out an insurrection. Right up to the moment of failure, Boebert was part of it.
Every time Boebert wants to remind voters of this, get out of her way and let her.
Would it be too much to ask that Pols writes some stories about the legislation that Neguse or Crow or Petterson are working on. Basically a few stories about people getting stuff done instead of this celebrity pig doing nothing of substance.
Unfortunately, anything that Neguse, Crow or Petterson may put their names on will go nowhere unless it has the blessings of "My Kevin" and Steve Scalise. Which means anything more than the naming of post office building is dead on arrival. (And even getting the post office named will require the Dem rep to sell his or her soul to the devil.)
There always are potential points of common interest in a state's delegation — for example, getting the Space Command left in Colorado. All members can "work" that issue — without requiring legislation or votes. And there may well be some legislation being considered by the committees where they serve that COULD be guided toward reasonable solutions by the Three Young Democrats.
Of course, the top option below the Colorado Pols user names is New Diary … so someone interested in what is happening could, in all likelihood, be able to write up a summary of the work being done – or at least what is publicized in the newsletters, press releases, and tweets of the three.
Being cynical is even more debased than what Ms Bloviate does for her kicks. How do you know they are doing nothing when you know nothing about what they are doing?
What LB is a Worthless POS said.
I will add, she won by 546 votes last fall. When everyone expected her to walk to victory. Why? Because the people of CO-3 were getting sick of her little shit show. Many nominally Republican leaning people soured on her, making her victory razor-thin.
That should have scared her straight, but it didn't. She doubled down. The people of that district should be reminded of that in the hopes that it will induce a bigger backlash against that worthless POS in 2024. Either way, ignoring her completely won't make her go away.
Those being held in jail are experiencing the benefits of
* the US judicial branch created by the budgets passed by Congress (and structurally untouched since “1990, when Congress expanded the circuit courts by 11 permanent seats and the district courts by 61 permanent seats.”
* the jails funded by Congress,
* the choices of those charged with crimes to NOT plead guilty, get sentenced and begin serving their time,
* in several cases, the delays of the attorneys of those charged, as they apparently are dragging out the cases by various motions, and
* (of course) the determination by the courts that those deemed dangerous or a flight risk should not be granted release on bail.
NPR’s ongoing tracking database now says
Several of the dismissed cases have happened due to the death of the person charged before trial or sentencing could be completed. So, 608 individuals pleaded or have been found guilty — 1 has been acquitted. Nothing like any other tourist excursion I’ve been on, and the only other examples that come anywhere close are soccer/football rowdies going to an away game.
I think this is a delightful learning experience for many individuals about how our criminal justice system works.