CNN tells us…
I’m already pissed off: if they were planning on assassinating elected leaders, that is the very definition of insurrection (a violent uprising against an authority or government; usage: “the insurrection was savagely put down” | “opposition to the new regime led to armed insurrection.”) The style guide says to speak simply, clearly, and say what you mean.
But I digest, continue please:
Federal prosecutors offered the most chilling description yet of rioters who seized the Capitol last week, writing in a new court filing that the intention was “to capture and assassinate elected officials.”
The view was included in a memo seeking to keep Jacob Anthony Chansley, who rallied people inside the Capitol using a bullhorn, in detention. According to Capitol Police information included in the filing, Chansley was notable for his headdress, face paint and carrying of a six-foot spear.
“Strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States government,” government prosecutors wrote.
And it goes on to discuss Chansley’s self-incriminating actions/evidence:
Prosecutors describe those who took over the Capitol as “insurrectionists” and offer new details about Chansley’s role in the violent siege last week, including that after standing at the dais where Vice President Mike Pence had stood that morning, Chansley wrote a note saying “it’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.”
“Your father is a drunk and your mother is a slut, but I like you” part Chansley’s defense commences:
Chansley later told the FBI he did not mean the note as a threat but said the Vice President was a “child-trafficking traitor” and went on a long diatribe about Pence, Biden and other politicians as traitors.
But this is the bit that dumbfounded me:
Before he was arrested, Chansley told the FBI he wanted to return to Washington for the inauguration to protest.
And CNN moves on to describe the other, now household, name-brand insurrectionists.
Repeat after me, CNN: they are not rioters, and we should note that then the press calls them extremists or even Trump-loving extremists, what they need to say is “Republican Domestic Terrorists.”