(NationalUSNews.com) — Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis believes the prison sentences of the various members of the “Proud Boys,” the group accused of storming the capitol in the now infamous January 6th protest, are excessive. According to DeSantis, the various protest members don’t deserve the extreme sentences they received in federal court, and if elected president, he’ll consider providing the various protestors with pardons.
DeSantis also discussed pursuing legal action against those who participated in the now infamous Black Lives Matter protests. DeSantis’s comments echo a common talking point among Republican officials, who believe the members of the January 6th protest are victims of weaponized politics. Although DeSantis is the most popular Republican, drawing attention to the extreme sentences of the protesters, other officials are also commenting on the ongoing January 6th legal cases.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin also discussed the sentences of the Proud Boys and other January 6th protestors, claiming their sentences are examples of a “two-tiered” justice system. Palin claims that the protestors are being unfairly punished simply due to their status as conservatives. According to Palin, Congress can’t continue to let harsh sentences be imposed on the protestors, and a failure to act would enable a dismantling of the standard judicial process.
Palin’s comments align with those of other Republicans, including DeSantis and Donald Trump. Many conservatives feel that Democrat-affiliated legal officials are using their positions to impose unfair sentences against their political opponents. Despite these claims, the Biden Administration is working tirelessly to prevent any accusations of political interference from taking root before the upcoming presidential election.
The Proud Boys, in particular, are subjected to harsh prison sentences, including the founder and leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio. Tarrio is serving a 22-year sentence for his involvement in the January 6th incident. The leader of the Oath Keepers, another protest group similar to the Proud Boys, is serving 18 years in prison. Despite the primarily non-violent nature of the incident, those involved are subjected to lengthy prison sentences. Over 1,000 people face charges or prison time for their involvement in the protest and may be pardoned by DeSantis if he wins the presidential election next year.
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