Washington.- On January 6, 2021 Many participants in Congressional takeover admit they were wrong and reject violence for political purposes, now facing prison sentences, despite Donald Trump’s promotion continues to give.
Some directly blame the former president, whom they accuse of betraying them, and ask their supporters to stop supporting him. Others remain defiant and claim to be victims of a “cancellation culture,” in which they turn their backs on someone or company they don’t agree with.
At least 170 people have pleaded guilty to taking part in the takeover and more than 70 have been sentenced to prison. One case was dismissed and two others were closed after those involved had died. No one has been found innocent.
Examples of what these people and their lawyers have been saying in court:
“Why did I go to the Capitol? I don’t have a good answer. I’ve thought about it a thousand times and I’m not sure why I didn’t realize what was happening and couldn’t step aside. That day Many factors influenced me, which I can’t deny. He didn’t say ‘all to capital’, ‘perform in peace’.
“The whole experience was surreal. I had faith in the President and that was my big mistake.”
—Leonard Grupo of Clovis, New Mexico, in a sentencing letter to the judge. Gruppo, a former Special Forces soldier, was sentenced to three months of house arrest.
“I came to the conclusion that Trump supporters were lied to. The people at the top, and I mean the current president, as well as others working on his behalf. They’re telling lies about electoral theft. And it was ‘our duty’ to stand up against tyranny. I didn’t realize that they were tyrants, desperate to remain in power at any cost, even creating anarchy with their rhetoric .
—Robert Palmer of Largo, Florida, in a handwritten letter. Palmer threw down the fire extinguisher and assaulted the police. He was sentenced to more than five years in prison.
“There were many false statements in the press and by the President himself, in the sense that the electoral system was corrupt and the integrity of the elections was to be questioned … Mr. Croy believed what he read and heard on the Internet. The President himself It is said that elections were stolen.
—Kira Anne West, attorney for Glenn Wes Lee Croy of Colorado Springs, Colorado, who was sentenced to three months of house arrest.
“I participated in many acts of President Trump without incident. My intention that day was to support him, not to cause trouble. I am deeply sorry for what happened and it hurts me so much that I will always Will stay connected for.”
—Donna Sue Bisse of Bloomfield, Indiana, in a handwritten letter. He was sentenced to 14 days in prison.
“My only intention was to go to the White House to hear President Trump’s speech. In his presentation he said he was going to the Capitol and asked us to go there. I went to my hotel before finishing his speech as he was cold. Back in my room, I saw people in the Capitol building. After traveling so much to attend this event, I decided to bundle up more and walk to the Capitol”.
—Valerie Elaine Arke of Arbuckle, Calif., in a letter filed in court. He was sentenced to three years’ probation. Trump did not go to the Capitol that day.
“This country has a great history of people trying to punish people who, in their belief, are doing bad things. A significant percentage of the population ‘canceled’ Mr. Hodgkins for a 15-minute error of judgment.” will do, without taking into account his own indiscretion and hypocrisy, will throw stones at him.
—Patrick Leduc, attorney for Paul Allard Hodgkins of Tampa, Florida, in a letter filed in court. Hodgkins entered the Capitol building carrying the Trump flag. He was sentenced to eight months in prison.
“While I was bad at entering the Capitol illegally, nothing I did that day was wrong. Some things were good. I came to Washington to protest the election results. I wanted to make myself heard. My only weapons were my voice and my cell phone. I feel that the country is facing an ‘information war’. No, but fought with words, ideas, interpretations and ideas.”
— Jenna Ryan of Frisco, Texas, in a letter filed in court. Ryan was sentenced to 60 days in prison after saying on social media: “I have blonde hair and fair skin, a great job, a great future, and I won’t go to jail.” Speaking to NBC News this week, she said she was being scapegoated “like the Jews of Germany.”
“My conservative beliefs remain the same. But the system of government, a constitutional republic, and the process of deciding who has the Oval Office are more important than any candidate or party. Peaceful transfer of power and designed for that purpose Methodology must be preserved. My message to my conservative co-religionists and all Americans who do not agree with the current administration is that we must continue to operate within the system and treat the January 6, 2021 action as atrocious should be labeled.
—Devlin Thompson, Seattle, in a handwritten letter. Thompson pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer with a baton and was sentenced to nearly four years in prison.