(1) Why do you believe fake news as long as it comes from your political side?

Someone sent me this opinion piece to support their assertions about 1/6.

In case you don't know, I've written extensively about political violence in the US since 2017.

(2) Let's look at the assertions made just in the introductory paragraphs.

The DOJ isn't arresting "anyone involved with the Capitol breach."

They are investigating & arresting those with court-ready evidence of law breaking. And NOT just for breaching the building.
(3) I've read many of the charging documents available at this point.

Bc I've been reporting on this type of crime for 4 years, I know the documents only need to include enough evidence for the preliminary stages. Don't make the mistake of thinking you've seen all the charges.
(4) Next assertion:

"Most face misdemeanor charges for trespassing or disorderly conduct"

No. There are specific charges for a federal "restricted area." And "disorderly conduct" is a broad charge used by LE all over the world that doesn't always mean they "dindu nuffin."
(5) The above sentence continues:

"but dozens are in jail and denied bond for the thoughtcrime of"

No. Those held in custody are charged with assault and more, and/or are one heck of a flight risk and/or danger to the community.

Here's one:
(6) If you can handle some more truth, here's my thread about the defendant Kyle Fitzsimons of MA.

There are plenty more like him.

(7) Multiple clauses in this sentence so I broke it up:

"in jail and denied bond for the thoughtcrime of believing the 2020 presidential election wasn’t on the up-and-up"

They're denied bond bc the judges know some of them can find even $2 million if they have to. D'oh.
(8) Obv., they're not in jail bc they believe the election was stolen. That right there should be a red flag that this opinion piece is fake news.

"Truth is incontrovertible, ignorance can deride it, panic may resent it, malice may destroy it, but there it is." Churchill
(9) I too, have my doubts about the election result. But I specifically warned that a march/rally on 1/6 would make it even harder to address that.

What did Trump think was gonna happen?
That's a very important question.
(10) "The [official] overseeing the investigation promises to apprehend hundreds more, however, it’s been two weeks since authorities have arrested anyone in connection to the probe."

No. There are arrests every few days. IDK why the author tried this lie. Poor research?
(11) The reason the DOJ can be so confident that "hundreds more" will be charged is bc of the very high number of people recorded rioting (& others who aided & abetted before and after.)

I find the level of excuse-making about 1/6 really bizarre.
(12) As you can imagine, I could take apart the rest of the article if I wanted to spend the time. No doubt the author is getting paid for her time; I am not.

I've never asked for donations, unlike so many conservative researchers & writers. I want to remain free of influence.
(13) I do this bc I was raised with the maxim "to whom much is given, much will be required." I happen to have worked for many years as a kind of PR fixer to various politicians in New Zealand. I can tell you all the similarities & differences btwn NZ & the US. Doesn't matter.
(14) Replying about my nationality shows everyone that you don't think you can support your substantive assertions.

I genuinely want to know who else in the conservative movement is trying to help those now questioning Trump's actions & omissions long before, & on, 1/6.
(15) Trust me, I know that most of MAGA Twitter fervently defends Trump & anyone associated with him concerning 1/6. Y'all remind me of this every day, lol.

I've channeled my efforts toward offering help to those having second thoughts, after all this time. You're not alone.
(16) Skepticism is healthy. It's true that many examples of Democrat lawlessness can be presented. That's called whataboutism.

It has a place, but not, IMO, when it comes to terrorism.

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The pandemic + flow on effects make life extra hard for most people. For at least 2 years. Pace yourself.

Choose perspective, empathy & wisdom.
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And I don't support the left.
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Trump defenders lauded his performance, saying he "destroyed" the interviewer.

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Have you ever changed your mind about something? We all have.

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