Justice Department Punishes J6 Defendants for Obstruction but Not Democrats

It has been said that if not for the Left’s double standards, they would have no standards at all. That rings true for a whole host of reasons. How does one begin to describe the depth and breadth of Democratic Party hypocrisy? 

From ignoring their own mask mandates as they hobnob with celebrities and hopping on private jets as they lecture us about “climate change” to complaining about “the rich” from their energy guzzling, multimillion-dollar mansions, Democrats never fail to provide us with examples of their bad faith and double-dealing.  

Perhaps one of the most egregious examples, however, is the demonization of political opponents by House Democrats while cheerleading the Biden Justice Department’s prosecution of January 6 protesters with charges of “obstructing an official proceeding.” All the while, mind you, Democrats are ignoring their own hours-long obstruction of an official proceeding just a few short years ago when Republicans held the majority in the House. 

Likely forgotten by most Americans today thanks to the media’s love affair with all things liberal, the incident took place in June 2016 when Democrats staged a raucous “sit-in” in the House chamber where they blocked official business from occurring for roughly 26 hours. There were reports of House furniture being damaged and congressional staffers being mistreated and yet there were no outlandish cries of insurrection and certainly no mention of there being an obstruction of an official proceeding, even though that’s clearly what happened. One House Democrat admitted, “We fully appreciate that we are in full violation of the rules.” 

The Democrats also livestreamed their unruly event on social media, breaking the House rules that restrict not only filming from the House floor but also the broadcasting of official proceedings from the House chamber. Of course, nothing will come of their then-unprecedented obstruction of Congress because they are not conservatives, Republicans, and certainly not Trump supporters. 

In lockstep, the Left has labeled January 6 as a “threat to democracy” and has collectively demanded that each and every flag-waving granny who walked peacefully through the already open U.S. Capitol doors should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the obstruction of Congress charge, a felony. They also actively demonize them as “domestic terrorists.”  

Kind, gentle, patriots such as Matthew Perna, a January 6 defendant who committed no acts of violence and had no prior criminal record, watched their lives get torpedoed by the Justice Department for simply entering the Capitol that day. Sadly, for Matthew and his family, the sadistic government witch hunt against him, lasting over a year, ended in February when he took his own life. Yet Perna’s outrageous persecution is not an isolated case. 

The glaring “threat to democracy” that our country faces is the mean-spirited, weaponized, and politically motivated prosecutions of nonviolent offenders with no criminal histories who merely entered the U.S. Capitol through already-open doors on January 6. The terrifying precedent these political prosecutions set should shake every freedom-loving American to the core.  

There was violence on January 6 and violent offenders have been and will be punished, especially if they are Trump supporters. Had the protesters been Democrats and leftists, the narrative surrounding January 6 would read more like a Seattle fairytale “Summer of Love” than the “American Horror Story” that the Orwellian Left has so chillingly perpetuated. 

Why didn’t the Department of Justice hold the 2016 Democratic congressional obstructionists to the same standard as those now being charged with obstructing an official proceeding on January 6? The belief that no individual is above the law, and holding public and private citizens to the same standard, should be of the utmost importance.  

Of course, should this occur, it would mean those currently in power actually have some standards. And we can’t have that, can we?

About Louie Gohmert

Representative Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) has been representing Texas' first congressional district since 2005.

Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images

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