Capitol protesters are being tortured, beaten, racially abused, locked in solitary confinement and held in indefinite detention and yet their GOP representatives are refusing to speak out in their defense.
In contrast, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren — who previously condemned the Capitol protesters as domestic terrorists — is now speaking out and condemning the “cruel and psychologically damaging” abuse they’re being subjected to by being locked in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day.
Jan. 6 defendants win unlikely Dem champions as they face harsh detainment
“Solitary confinement is a form of punishment that is cruel and psychologically damaging,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren said.
By KYLE CHENEY, ANDREW DESIDERIO and JOSH GERSTEIN
04/19/2021 06:45 PM EDT
Sen. Elizabeth Warren fled the Capitol on Jan. 6 from a mob she later called domestic terrorists. Now she and another Senate Democratic leader are standing up for their attackers’ rights as criminal defendants.
Most of the 300-plus people charged with participating in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot have been released while they await trial, but dozens of those deemed to be dangerous, flight risks or at high risk of obstructing justice were ordered held without bond. D.C. jail officials later determined that all Capitol detainees would be placed in so-called restrictive housing — a move billed as necessary to keep the defendants safe, as well as guards and other inmates. But that means 23-hour-a-day isolation for the accused, even before their trials begin.
And such treatment doesn’t sit well with Warren or Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), two of the chamber’s fiercest critics of solitary confinement.
“Solitary confinement is a form of punishment that is cruel and psychologically damaging,” Warren said in an interview. “And we’re talking about people who haven’t been convicted of anything yet.”
The Massachusetts Democrat, a member of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s leadership team, said that while some limited uses of solitary confinement are justified, she’s worried that law enforcement officials are deploying it to “punish” the Jan. 6 defendants or to “break them so that they will cooperate.”
Thank you, Sen. Warren.
You’ve now said more to defend the rights of these poor folks than the entire GOP establishment — including Donald Trump who has shamelessly thrown his own die-hard supporters under the bus.