Despite video evidence watched by millions all over the world of an attack on the U.S. Capitol Building carried out by a mob waving Donald Trump flags and chanting “hang Mike Pence,” the twice-impeached ex-president who lost the popular vote twice and tried to stage a coup insists his supporters were “loving” and that they’ve been unfairly treated for being held accountable for attacking police officers and committing crimes.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta disagreed with the beleaguered ex-president.
Thomas Webster, a former New York Police Department officer, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the attack. Webster could be seen on video attacking a Capitol Police officer with a metal flagpole, which led to the sentence imposed by the judge. Webster was tried on an assault charge, the first rioter to be charged or sentenced for that particular crime, and entered a defense claiming that Webster acted in self-defense. The judge was not buying it.
According to the Associated Press:
‘A jury rejected Webster’s claim that he was defending himself when he tackled Metropolitan Police Department officer Noah Rathbun and grabbed his gas mask outside the Capitol on Jan. 6. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta sentenced Webster, 56, to 10 years in prison plus three years of supervised release, noting that along with Rathbun, “the other victim was democracy.”’
More than 250 people have been charged with crimes related to the attack on Jan. 6, and Webster received what has so far been the longest sentence.
Twitter had no mercy on Webster, calling for even stiffer penalties for his attempt to overthrow democracy. Read some of their comments below: