Capitol rioters are ‘political prisoners’
- Representative Louie Gohmert said the rioters on Capitol Hill were “political prisoners” held hostage by the government.
- The Texas congressman made the remarks during a lengthy speech to the House on Friday.
- Gohmert also said there was “no evidence” that the Capitol rioters were armed.
- See more stories on the Insider business page.
Texas Representative Louie Gohmert spoke in the House on Friday to play down the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, describing the insurgencies as “political prisoners held hostage by their own government.”
“Joe Biden’s Justice Department criminalizes political protest, but only political protest by Republicans or conservatives,” Gohmert said in his lengthy speech in which he quoted several conservative media outlets, according to CNN. “They are destroying the lives of American families, they are militarizing the events of January 6 to silence Americans supporting Trump.”
Gohmert pointed to some defendants who are being held in Washington jail awaiting trial, calling them “victims of an unequal justice system in a country where left-wing rioters and looters are freed even considered heroes. while those on the right are seen as hardened criminals with no record before a trial can even begin. ”
“Their only crime was supporting Donald Trump and worrying about the fraud Democrats have been telling us about for many years,” he added.
Since the insurgency, which resulted in the death of five people including a police officer, 479 people have been arrested and charged with crimes. Here is an updated list.
Gohmert also said there was “no evidence” that some of the rioters were armed. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin made a similar statement in an interview last month, The Hill reported.
“Armed with sense with guns. There were no guns,” Gohmert said.
His comments come as the House internal security committee on Friday announced an agreement to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the insurgency.
Watch the speech below: