Hundreds of demonstrators took to the United States Capitol grounds in Washington D.C. on Saturday, demanding the release of people incarcerated in the wake of the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol attack that has led to hundreds of criminal cases and precious little reflection on the far right.
The event failed to draw the massive pro-Trump crowds who gathered in January, and the area was heavily patrolled by law enforcement. Attendees hit on the usual themes—complaining about the media, and portraying themselves as the victims of state persecution.
One speaker compared the treatment of the Capitol Rioters—who included, infamously, a man wearing a “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt—to the persecution of Jews under Nazi rule. Calling the DC jail a “gulag,” she read off a letter that she said was from an imprisoned rioter, who complained, “this reminds me of how the Jewish people were treated by the Nazis.”