The Stupid Coup
PHOENIX (AP) — Joshua Matthew Black said in a YouTube video that he was protecting the officer at the U.S. Capitol who had been pepper sprayed and fallen to the ground as the crowd rushed the building entrance on Jan. 6.
“Let him out, he’s done,” Black claimed to have told rioters.
But federal prosecutors say surveillance footage doesn’t back up Black’s account. They said he acknowledged that he wanted to get the officer out of the way — because the cop was blocking his path inside.
That’s like the mugger claiming it wasn’t battery when clobbers the old lady with her purse: he was returning stolen property.
Anyway, it’s a pretty good article about the desperate lies that the accused are making to defend themselves. Mostly they claim that there were welcomed by the Capitol Police:
At least a dozen of the 400 people charged so far in the Jan. 6 insurrection have made dubious claims about their encounters with officers at the Capitol. The most frequent argument is that they can’t be guilty of anything, because police stood by and welcomed them inside, even though the mob pushed past police barriers, sprayed chemical irritants and smashed windows as chaos enveloped the government complex.
This sounds like being welcomed by the police:
Three officers were able to handcuff one rioter. But a crowd swarmed the group and took the arrested man away with the handcuffs still on.
Must be one of those strange jes’ folks kinda welcomes of Possum Hollar!
And this sounds like trying to rescue the police:
Still, some rioters claim police just gave up and told them that the building was now theirs. And a few — including one accused of trying to pull off an officer’s gas mask in a bid to expose the officer to bear spray — have claimed to be protecting police.
“He looked uncomfortable in that get up,” Gomer didn’t wink. “Needed some fresh air, he did!”
Given all the video we’ve already seen, it’s amazing that the lawyers are going down this path. I don’t know if it is defensible to say that they were only following orders from Hair Füror, but this ain’t working, either.