January 6 Rioter’s Charge That DOJ Should Prosecute Portland Protesters Denied By Trump-Appointed Judge

Let’s play a game of one of these things is not like the other. There were the Portland protests in the summer of 2020 where many people took to the streets in protest of the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many others. Then earlier this year there was the January 6th insurrection where people advanced upon the Capitol to stop Congress from certifying election results.

But don’t just take my word for it. According to Newsweek, Carl Nichols, a judge appointed by former President Donald Trump, rebuffed an accused Capitol rioter’s claim that the Department of Justice should investigate social justice protesters in Portland. Nicholas went on to state in a December 21st decision:

“There are obvious differences between those, like Miller, who stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, and those who rioted in the streets of Portland in the summer of 2020,” Nichols wrote in his decision.

“The Portland rioters’ conduct, while obviously serious, did not target a proceeding prescribed by the Constitution and established to ensure a peaceful transition of power,” the judge added. “Nor did the Portland rioters, unlike those who assailed America’s Capitol in 2021, make it past the buildings’ outer defenses.”

Garrett Miller is currently facing five criminal charges, including sending a death threat to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of New York. Miller argues that he is “selectively prosecuting him for his conservative political beliefs while not prosecuting the BLM and Antifa protesters.” However, Nichols said that Miller hadn’t provided evidence for his claim beyond “anecdotal evidence.”

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