Yet another turncoat RINO has emerged from the depths of the swamp to “criticize” the Republican Party for January 6th.
Republican strategist and former member of the George W. Bush administration Karl Rove eagerly stepped forward from the depths of the swamp to write an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal calling out Republicans for standing up for the political prisoners of January 6th.
“These apologists say those who stormed the Capitol were innocent patriots, tourists visiting the seat of the national government to petition their elected representatives peacefully. We’re told that these harmless, ordinary Americans are being persecuted as political prisoners,” Rove said in the piece, which was published by the Wall Street Journal on January 6.
While Rove wrote an entire editorial on the subject, he is completely missing the point. No sane Republican is endorsing the actual violence, and no one is saying that the Capitol riot was entirely peaceful. What they are actually saying is that the protest was intended to be peaceful, and was instigated into violence by a few bad actors — some of whom were likely feds (Ray Epps) — who should be punished. Those who followed those bad actors into violence using bad judgement should also be punished.
But, there is also footage showing that the vast majority of people who entered the Capitol building that day were peaceful, and many of them were let in by the Capitol Police, who held the door open for them as they walked in, looking more like a guided tour than a siege.
Regardless of which category the January 6th detainees fall into, there is evidence they are being held in inhumane conditions. A letter written by one detainee, Nathan DeGrave, detailed these disturbing conditions.
Here is just a small excerpt from that letter:
“The harsh, unlivable conditions of our unit has caused health hazards that defy Department of Health regulations. And on at least five occasions, RAW SEWAGE has overflowed our unit, causing human fecal matter to flood the floors and rooms. That’s also in addition to the MOLD on cell walls, as well as the rusty pipes, and DIRTY WATER that flows from these sinks. White rags TURN BROWN when exposed to the water from our faucets.”
A surprise inspection of the D.C. jail resulted in a judge releasing an inmate with cancer, and transferring 400 prisoners to another jail.
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth called the conditions of the jail “deplorable” and “beyond belief,” after discovering that water had been shut off in many cells “for punitive reasons” for days at a time, toilets were clogged, and an inmate who had been pepper-sprayed was “unable to wash the spray off for days, leading to an infection.”
The D.C. Department of Corrections staff were “antagonizing detainees” and “directing detainees to not cooperate with” U.S. Marshals during the inspection, according to the agency, and “one DOC staffer was observed telling a detainee to ‘stop snitching.’”
“I don’t know if it’s because he’s a January 6th defendant or not, but I find this matter should be referred to the attorney general of the United States for a civil rights investigation into whether the D.C. Department of Corrections is violating the civil rights of January 6th defendants … in this and maybe other cases,” Lamberth said.
Now, while Karl Rove is content with bashing the GOP to get credit from the left, he is clearly missing the point of what actual conservatives are trying to say: the January 6th detainees are being treated inhumanely, and the left is blowing the January 6th Capitol riot out of proportion. Of course, as a RINO turncoat, Rove doesn’t actually care. He is just another member of the establishment, only in Washington to serve as controlled opposition to the left.