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From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMay-31 10:38 AM 
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https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/some-accused-capitol-riot-will-argue-they-were-misled-election-n1269094

Some accused in Capitol riot will argue they were misled by election falsehoods

“I kind of sound like an idiot now saying it, but my faith was in" President Trump, defendant Anthony Antonio said.
 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Falsehoods about the election helped bring insurrectionists to the Capitol on Jan. 6, and now some who are facing criminal charges for their actions during the riot hope their gullibility might save them or at least engender some sympathy.

Lawyers for at least three defendants charged in connection with the violent siege tell The Associated Press that they will blame election misinformation and conspiracy theories, much of it pushed by then-President Donald Trump, for misleading their clients. The attorneys say those who spread that misinformation bear as much responsibility for the violence as do those who participated in the actual breach of the Capitol.

 

“I kind of sound like an idiot now saying it, but my faith was in him," defendant Anthony Antonio said, speaking of Trump. Antonio said he wasn't interested in politics before pandemic boredom led him to conservative cable news and right-wing social media. “I think they did a great job of convincing people.”

After Joe Biden's victory in last year's presidential election, Trump and his allies repeatedly asserted that the race was stolen, even though the claims have been repeatedly debunked by officials from both parties, outside experts and courts in several states and Trump's own attorney general. In many cases, the baseless claims about vote dumps, ballot fraud and corrupt election officials were amplified on social media, building Trump's campaign to undermine faith in the election that began long before November.

The tide of misinformation continues to spread, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson wrote Wednesday in a decision denying the release of a man accused of threatening to kill U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

 

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From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMay-31 10:38 AM 
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Nobody forced them to do what they did.  Lock them up.

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From: MEDDLYMay-31 11:02 AM 
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Stupidity should not be a valid legal defense. Just like the Twinkie legal defense never should have been brought up a long time ago.

 

 
From: Song~ (_Song_) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMay-31 11:08 AM 
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Stupid should hurt.


 

 

 

 
From: BerryStephJun-2 12:20 AM 
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Trump and his allies repeatedly asserted that the race was stolen, even though the claims have been repeatedly debunked by officials from both parties, outside experts and courts in several states and Trump's own attorney general.

Why don't you have laws against inciting violence?

 

 
From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJun-2 7:00 AM 
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Who says we don't?

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From: BerryStephJun-2 7:39 PM 
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Who says we don't?

Obviously don't - otherwise you'd have prosecuted Trump.

 

 
From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJun-3 6:32 AM 
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Who says that won't happen?

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From: BerryStephJun-3 10:10 AM 
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Who says that won't happen?

Didn't happen in time to stop him starting a nuclear war and his progeny earning $billions.

However, its hard to say that Biden is much better on either account - might be worse.

 

 
From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJun-4 6:54 AM 
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Trump started a nuclear war?  I must have missed reading the newspaper that day.

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