Former President Donald Trump’s continued promotion of the “big lie” about the 2020 election could still incite his followers to violence, the Justice Department and judges noted repeatedly this week, as courts weigh the future dangerousness of US Capitol riot defendants.
Two federal judges this week brought up the disinformation about 2020 from right-wing figures, and even Trump himself, as they considered keeping alleged Capitol rioters in jail before trial.
And prosecutors from the Justice Department are arguing more explicitly that violent threats stemming from Trump-backed conspiracy theories are still alive, and that Trump supporters could be called to act again.
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The DOJ and federal judges in DC say Trump’s continued promotion of the “big lie” about the 2020 election could still incite his followers to violence. This is becoming a key reason why some Capitol rioters are in jail while awaiting trial. w/ @kpolantz https://t.co/p3ZNYXcCqX
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) April 24, 2021