The kids of Jan 6. Capitol rioter Guy Reffitt said that former president Donald Trump deserves jail time after their father was convicted of acts of domestic terrorism.
Reffitt’s two daughters appeared beyond your courthouse making use of their mother on Monday following a federal judge ruled that Reffitt would receive seven years behind bars, the longest sentence directed at a Capitol rioter up to now.
“To mark my father as this horrible person, and having him prosecuted such as this, when somebody is maybe even in a position to get elected again? Doesn’t seem to me,” Sarah Reffitt told reporters.
“Trump deserves life in prison if my dad is in prison because of this long,” her sister Peyton Reffitt added.
Through the trial, the prosecution told the judge that along with bringing a weapon to the Capitol, Reffitt had told protests he planned to drag Pelosi out from the Capitol by her ankles.
Reffitt may be the first rioter to be convicted at trial for his part in the insurrection, which is why his sentence is longer than other Jan. 6 rioters who accepted a plea deal if they were first accused. Now, over 884 folks have been charged with efforts to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
The conviction has torn apart Reffitt’s family.
After Jan. 6, Reffitt was reported to the FBI by their own teenage son, 18-year-old Jackson Reffitt who witnessed his father’s political radicalization after subscribing to the far-right ideology of the Three Percenters, an organization that claims only 3% of American colonists struggled the British through the American Revolution.
When Guy Reffitt returned home to Texas following the insurrection, he pressured his children to remain quiet about his involvement. Reffitt told his children “In the event that you turn me in, you’re a traitor, and you also know very well what happens to traitorsTraitors get shot,” in accordance with an affidavit. Regardless of the threats, Jackson Reffitt contacted the authorities.
Appearing on CNN’s “New Day,” Jackson Reffitt said that while he agrees that his father should “absolutely” need to serve amount of time in jail, he thinks Trump is partially to be blamed for his father’s actions.
“My father was used as a puppet, and a large number of families have already been. Whether you trust that, it goes without saying at this time,” he said. “It really is disgusting to note that someone with practically money and social power can just escape with manipulating a large number of people simply for whatever reason and also have no outcome.”
The sentiment articulated by Reffitt’s children reflect the efforts of the Jan. 6 committee to show Trump’s culpability in directly inciting the insurrection.
While no president has been prosecuted for a crime that occurred while these were in office, some legal experts speculate that Trump could possibly be tried in court for wanting to obstruct a Congressional proceeding.