“The attorney for ‘QAnon Shaman’ Jacob Chansley says that his client and other accused Capitol rioters were uniquely vulnerable to being misled by former President Trump’s lies, TPM reports.
Said Albert Watkins: “A lot of these defendants… they’re all fucking short-bus people. These are people with brain damage, they’re fucking retarded, they’re on the goddamn spectrum.’
He added: ‘But they’re our brothers, our sisters, our neighbors, our coworkers—they’re part of our country. These aren’t bad people, they don’t have prior criminal history. Fuck, they were subjected to four-plus years of goddamn propaganda the likes of which the world has not seen since fucking Hitler.'”—Taegan Goddard, “Capitol Rioters Cling to the ‘Trump Defense’.” Political Wire. May 18, 2021.
Definitely in the running for quote of the year.
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I definitely appreciate the mixture of sentiments, especially the exasperation over what should be duh! obvious and how such people are neither irrelevant nor separable from the wider public. (Didn’t Dubya sound basically the same note when he insisted he was president for everyone (not just Republicans)?) However, an attorney dropping multiple F-bombs and ending with the reckless comparison to the Nazi era (which, if understand correctly, was not nearly so consumed with narrative control and now) nearly invalidates the statement.
The follow-up on it was that he was trying to draw attention to this fact, but prosecution was ignoring it. So, he made a click-baity statement and now they have to address it. Sometimes you have to light yourself on fire to shed light on an issue.
I see. So context is everything and I didn’t bother to investigate. Was only replying to the portion you quoted.
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