Since the assault on Capitol Hill on Wednesday night time, we are able to safely assume two issues: within the US, white supremacy is handled with nowhere close to the identical power as peaceable protest. And consequently, white supremacists behave with full entitlement.
How else can we describe how teargas, batons and horses have been used on peaceable protesters demanding justice for Black Lives this summer season; and but, when an indignant white mob stormed the Captiol in an try and overturn a professional election, some managed to make all of it the way in which to Nancy Pelosi’s workplace unhurt and undeterred?
Nowhere is that this double commonplace higher exemplified than within the case of Jacob Chansley, also called Jake Angeli. The insurrectionist, who was photographed sporting furs and a horned hat in the course of the assault, turned himself in after storming the Capitol, fully unafraid. “Wasn’t Jesus arrested?” he requested the Washington Publish – whereas additionally evaluating himself to Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
Now Chansley’s calls for for an all-organic weight-reduction plan inside jail are being appeared into on the request of a choose, who discovered it “deeply regarding” to listen to how he went with out meals for days after refusing what was on supply at his facility.
“He will get very sick if he doesn’t eat natural meals – actually will get bodily sick,” stated his mom, Martha Chansley.
Twenty-five home terror costs have been opened because of Wednesday’s violence, through which 5 individuals died. So whereas it’s reassuring to see a choose so involved in regards to the therapy and welfare of prisoners, it raised a couple of eyebrows – because it definitely deviates from the ordinary therapy of suspected terrorists within the US. “It’s a jail, Jacob. It isn’t a Complete Meals,” individuals joked on Twitter.
However we shouldn’t be stunned. Chansley behaves with the entitlement of somebody who tried to overturn a professional election and acquired known as a patriot within the course of.
Chansley defined to the FBI the place his entitlement stems from in very specific phrases – he entered the home as a “patriot”, on the request of the president.
He’s baffled by the thought he needs to be handled like a felony, identical to the indignant lady who was a part of the Capitol mob and stated: “This isn’t America. They’re taking pictures at us. They’re purported to shoot BLM, however they’re taking pictures the patriots.” The exceptionalism might sound astounding, however so far as they’re involved, the president sees a bunch of “very particular individuals”, on one aspect, and a bunch of thugs on the opposite.
As Chansley defined, he “walked by way of open doorways” to get into the Capitol. Law enforcement officials took selfies with the mob, placed on Maga hats – the New York Occasions even alleges that one officer assisted rioters on their approach to Chuck Schumer’s workplace.
That he’s now having his requests for a grass-fed hen appeared into needs to be the least of our worries.