It’s no wonder so many think “Trump’s America” is such a horrible place. Sure, Venezuela’s president, who during the campaign season endorsed his “revolutionary friend” Bernie Sanders, is directing tanks to run down protesters in the streets, but just look at what’s happening right here under our noses to Code Pink and Stephen Colbert.
— The Hill (@thehill) May 5, 2017
States becoming authoritarian often go after comedians early. And remember, there's a woman serving jail time for laughing at Jeff Sessions. https://t.co/lHFt95TVe8
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) May 5, 2017
We could fact-check Sarah Kendzior on her assertion that Stephen Colbert is a comedian, but if the IRS will accept that as his occupation, we’ll let it slide. But as far as a woman serving jail time for laughing at Jeff Sessions, no, we don’t remember that.
We did cover on Wednesday the conviction of Desiree Fairooz, whom a jury found guilty on two counts — one of disorderly and disruptive conduct and a second of parading or demonstrating on Capitol grounds — in connection with a Code Pink protest at Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing Jan. 10.
As the Huffington Post reported, jurors explained that it was her disruptive behavior while being escorted from the hearing that led them to convict. Here’s video from CNN showing Fairooz being removed from the hearing by Capitol Police.
— CNN (@CNN) January 10, 2017
And no, despite some misleading coverage, Fairooz is not “serving jail time” for laughing at Sessions — her sentencing hearing isn’t until June 21, and yet people are posting online as if she were dragged out of her house in the middle of the night like she’d made an anti-Muslim YouTube video or something. Though jail time is possible, she could be sentenced only to pay a fine.
And as far as Colbert goes, as Twitchy reported, the FCC isn’t “going after” him.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 6, 2017
@charlescwcooke A lot of people are learning for the first time that the FCC has a speech police team because of this story. Sad that it takes a celebrity..
— Samuel Hammond (@hamandcheese) May 6, 2017
But that’s exactly the point. Time and time again, bad standard procedures only get remarked upon because of Trump. https://t.co/620DPK40AX
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) May 6, 2017
Remember when the Secret Service visited a rodeo clown for wearing an Obama mask & the press didn't care?
How times change. https://t.co/duS7QkdlUh
— EducatédHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) May 6, 2017
First they came for the rodeo clowns, and you said nothing …