Capitol Rioters Claim They Were Victims Of Scam

Months after the incited insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, the effects are still looming with hundreds of accused rioters facing criminal charges and making appearances in court. Several of these defendants feel wronged by former President Donald Trump, stating that they were victims of his scams.

The Associated Press reported this testimony from one defendant:

"A Des Moines, Iowa, man pictured prominently with a QAnon shirt ahead of a crowd of insurgents inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 attack asked a judge on Monday to release him from jail, saying 'he feels deceived, recognizing that he bought into a pack of lies."

Douglas Jensen went to the Capitol because Trump had urged his supporters to go, and he entered the building because he wished to watch as the events unfolded. He claims that he "is a victim of numerous conspiracy theories that were being fed to him over the internet by a number of very clever people, who were uniquely equipped with slight, if any, moral or social consciousness."

An independent commission that would investigate what truly happened at the Capitol insurrection was recently derailed by Senate Republicans, however some Democrats hope to try again. This commission would most likely release or imprison more insurrectionists like Jensen. Although, it is currently unclear whether testimonies such as these have been persuasive at all.

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