Pelosi’s January 6th Committee Now Seeking To Criminalize The First Amendment

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Editor’s note: This article incorrectly stated that Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt was the only person who died on January 6th; she was the only person killed on that day, having been shot by Capitol Police.

It was hard for me to imagine Nancy Pelosi’s political inquisition, more commonly known as the January 6th Committee, could get any more detestable. I should never underestimate the left’s depravity.

The very first amendment to our Constitution explicitly protects the right of Americans to peacefully protest and petition their government:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The First Amendment is the very foundation of the entire American system. No amendment does more to protect the rights of Americans from a tyrannical government than does the First Amendment, and yet, this week the January 6th Committee launched a full frontal assault on the First Amendment.

This week, the January 6th Committee subpoenaed 11 individuals – absolutely none of them connected in any way whatsoever to the violence that occurred at the Capitol that day. Indeed, most of those subpoenaed are guilty of nothing more than helping to organize a 100% peaceful rally at the Ellipse to hear the President of the United States speak.

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I know the President’s speech at the Ellipse because I handled media for Women for America First – the organization that organized that speech (while I have not yet been subpoenaed, much of Women For America First’s leadership has been subject to this political persecution).

It’s not just conservatives like me who are concerned about this unprecedented attack on the First Amendment, even liberals are expressing concern over this latest round of subpoenas:

“At minimum, there needs to be some distinction between people who actually participated in the attack on the U.S. Capitol and those who were in D.C. lawfully exercising their right to protest,” said Elizabeth Goitein, the co-director of the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program, fearing a “dangerous precedent.”

For those of you who don’t know, the Brennan Center is one of the nation’s leading left-wing legal think tanks named for famed liberal Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan.

While the recent subpoenas mark a new low for the January 6th committee, it is consistent with the committee’s entire existence. As Tristan Justice at The Federalist pointed out

Since its inception, the Jan. 6 committee has taken the shape of a partisan show-trial sought to weaponize the legislative branch against the Democrats’ political dissidents rather than a legitimate probe investigating the breach of the Capitol complex.

Even before this week, Nancy Pelosi’s January 6th committee was an absolute abuse of power. A transparent attempt to demonize political opponents.

After this week, it is clear that not only will Pelosi and company abuse their Congressional authority, they will happily trample on the most basic and fundamental of Constitutional protections to serve their partisan political desires.

Nancy Pelosi and the left know that what makes President Trump powerful is the movement he built. They failed to permanently end his political career with their two impeachment attempts, so now they have turned their attention to persecuting the people who make up Trump’s MAGA movement.

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The only person who was killed on January 6th was an unarmed female Trump supporter – Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt. The only people who actually breached the Capitol on that day have been held in solitary confinement, denied a right to a speedy trial, and treated like terrorists.

The media continues to claim that January 6th was insurrection – despite the fact that not one single individual has been charged with insurrection or anything even remotely close to that.

What happened on January 6th was regrettable, what has happened since January 6th is infinitely worse.


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