It’s tough to dislike Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), even though he seems like one of those nearly permanent fixtures in Washington, DC. He’s been in the US Senate since I was 8 years old. He doesn’t seem to like President Donald Trump very much, but at the same time, he’s not some butt-hurt, foaming-at-the-mouth Never Trumper like Mitt Romney, or a craven opportunist who would stab Donald Trump in the back at the first opportunity like Marco Rubio. Grassley loves America and he especially loves the Middle America state of Iowa that he’s represented for 40 years now.
While I wouldn’t count Grassley as a pro-Trump MAGA ally, I’ll say this for him: He’s always FAIR – which is better than we can say for most of the untrustworthy Swamp Creatures in DC these days. Grassley proved that again this week.
My frustration with Republicans in Congress has been through the roof since January 6 of this year, the date when a bunch of costumed Trump supporters LARPed their way peacefully through the US Capitol.
Imagine that any Representative or Senator had been cornered by a group of ladies in Qanon/Captain America costumes, grandmas carrying their knitting needles, Truckers in MAGA caps or the buffalo horns guy. In a best-case scenario, that Representative or Senator would have bene subjected to five minutes of prayer and a lecture on the Constitution. In a worst-case scenario, they would have been yelled at for a few minutes.
It wasn’t an insurrection or a revolution. None of those protesters would have hurt anyone in Congress if they had come in contact with them. They were there to peacefully protest and to petition their government for a redress of grievances. In return, they were gassed, flash-banged, shot with rubber bullets and a real bullet in the case of Ashley Babbit, and vilified as terrorists.
It was pretty amazing last when three (3) House Republicans finally started to speak up about the torture and persecution of dozens of Trump supporters who participated in that peaceful protest. Dozens of the jailed Trump supporters are being treated worse than any Uighur in China.
They are denied soap, showers, toilet paper and a blanket to cover themselves with at night as they sleep on concrete slabs. They’re in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day – an international crime against humanity. They’re being denied bail or access to attorneys for the crime of misdemeanor trespassing. The Biden regime calls them “white supremacist terrorists” and the “greatest threat to the homeland” as jailhouse guards tie them up and punch their eyeballs out of the socket.
After five months of this treatment, Chuck Grassley is the FIRST Republican Senator to finally… sort of… speak out in support of these tortured Trump supporters. Grassley sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland that is scathing, damning and fair when it comes to the way the Department of Justice is treating our Trump-supporting neighbors. While it’s certainly not a pro-Trump letter, Grassley’s missive is FAIR and sometimes hilarious in his folksy Iowa-farmer sort of way. Grassley expressed the fact that he’s opposed to the gross unfairness of the way these Trump supporters are being abused.
Grassley notes that it’s extremely weird that there were more than 500 violent riots committed by Antifa and Black Looting Matters in 2020, prior to this ONE incident in 2020. Grassley also chastises the DOJ for the fact that none of the 14,000 identified suspects who were arrested for BLM/Antifa riots were ever treated as aggressively as the Trump supporters arrested for January 6th.
One thing that especially stands out about Grassley’s letter, is that he never refers to the January 6 Capitol kerfuffle as a “riot.” He only refers to it as the “Capitol breach.” You can read Grassley’s full letter HERE.
As you may have guessed from reading my writings the past few years, I’m a die-hard Trump partisan. That’s why I only refer to January 6 in the most ridiculous terms – a kerfuffle, a peaceful protest, and so on. A “breach,” as Grassley calls it, is a FAIR term I suppose. It wasn’t a riot or an insurrection or an attack. But I guess it was a breach. Some windows were broken, after all. I’ll concede that much and no more.
Grassley is demanding answers for the obvious double-standard: Why is DOJ going after the Capitol protesters like an existential threat, while ignoring the very real and very violent offenders among Antifa and BLM? He even gets a hilarious dig in at the DOJ and the FBI at the end, when he notes that they’re asking for $1.5 billion to fight the existential threat of white people:
“I can only imagine that this money will continue to resource the institutional bias that continues to exist for the Department’s historical areas of expertise, militia extremism and white supremacism.”
As I said – that’s HILARIOUS! The only time the FBI and the DOJ has shown “expertise” in the last 80 years at fighting ‘white supremacism’ was when they were taking down Democrat Ku Klux Klan cells for murdering blacks during the Civil Rights era and Democrat oil barons for murdering Native Americans (research the Osage oil murders in Oklahoma in the 1920s if you have questions about that).
While Grassley isn’t quite there in terms of turning into a MAGA Republican… I’ll give him some credit for this letter. He gets in some hilarious digs about the obvious double standard, calls the DOJ’s tactics against Trump supporters into question and points out that the only time “white supremacy” was ever an actual threat in America, it was because the Democrats were doing it.
It’s not quite a direct call to let Trump’s people go from their unconstitutional and illegal torture, but we’re getting there. Maybe next time Grassley will call out the inherent unfairness of the way our neighbors are being treated.