DOJ Charges Proud Boys With Seditious Conspiracy for Jan. 6

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    The Facts

    • On Mon., the US Dept. of Justice (DOJ) charged Proud Boys head Enrique Tarrio and four other leaders with seditious conspiracy in the Jan 6. Capitol riots.

    • These are the first allegations from the DOJ that the right-wing group attempted to use force to oppose the presidential transfer of power in 2021.

    The Spin

    Democratic narrative

    Bit by bit we're learning of the ties between groups that were instrumental in the Jan. 6 attacks on the Capitol - like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers - their relationships with each other, and their close ties to the Trump White House. This is a sign that the political attempt to stop the certification of the votes overlapped with the violent effort.

    Republican narrative

    It's absurd to call Jan. 6 a "seditious conspiracy" by unarmed citizens who largely committed no acts of violence. The only ones who truly represent anti-American sentiment are those who are targeting patriotic citizens and labelling them as "domestic terrorists".

    Political split



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