In a White House speech today marking the first anniversary of the riot at the Capitol on January 6th, 2021, Vice President Harris stated,

“Certain dates echo throughout history, including dates that instantly remind all who have lived through them — where they were and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault.  Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendars but a place in our collective memory.  December 7th, 1941.  September 11th, 2001.  And January 6th, 2021.”

Here at SOFREP we simply can’t call the events of January 6th an “Insurrection” for the following reason.

One, not a single one of the more than 700 people facing charges for their participation in the events of that day have been charged with the offense of “Rebellion or Insurrection” under 18 U.S. Code 2383 which reads as follows:

“Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”

Those arrested face a myriad of charges including Theft, Impeding, Resisting, Civil Disorder, Entering a restricted building, Disorderly conduct, Demonstrating inside the Capitol building, Obstructing an official proceeding, etc’, etc’.  There are mounds of evidence gleaned from multiple cameras inside the Capitol building, from news cameras and videos taken by the rioters and protestors themselves uploaded to social media that support these charges.  If this Justice Department had video or other evidence that supported a charge of Rebellion or Insurrection against any suspect, we believe those charges would have been leveled.

We also note that the riots that took place for months outside federal courthouses, Immigration Enforcement buildings, and other government facilities in cities like Portland and Seattle did not result in any charges of Rebellion or Insurrection being filed.  Again, the same kinds of charges leveled against rioters on January 6th were preferred by the government: trespass, assault, impeding, obstructing, etc’ etc’.

We would also set the Way-Back Machine to January 20th, 2017 when President Trump was inaugurated.  More than two hundred violent rioters were arrested in Washington D.C. for looting, rioting, and setting fires to businesses, cars, and private property.  Six police officers were injured by thrown rocks, bricks, bottles, trashcans, and even Molotov cocktails. Similar riots broke out in New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago in seeming coordination with the riot in D.C. Not one of the rioters was charged with Insurrection or Rebellion.