‘Zip-tie terrorist’ is an Air Force vet, but his excuses will make your eyes roll

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One of the rioters clearly visible in the breach of the US Senate chamber is an Air Force veteran. Retired Lieutenant Colonel Larry Rendall Brock, Jr., was identified from an ITV News video, and has admitted to being there. Brock believed Trump’s election fraud claims, basing his support of the one-term president on what he saw on social media.

But Larry Brock swore an oath to, “defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” To, “bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”

Now he’s storming the Senate with handcuffs, menacing the very people who vote each year to pay his pension.

Perhaps Brock could have paused for a little fact-checking…or watched the news on two networks.

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For instance, in the much-hyped state of Pennsylvania, the change in vote for the Democratic candidate between 2016 and 2020 was about 2%. That swing is not difficult to believe, particularly in a year when the Republican president lied about the coronavirus, then failed to lead a federal response as US infection and death numbers from COVID skyrocketed past most of the rest of the world. There are roughly 80 million Americans who likely struggle to believe that the change was only 2%.

This Air Force vet’s excuses for his conduct in the Senate chamber are as weak as his research. Brock says he wore tactical gear because he was afraid of “B.L.M. and Antifa.” He claims he had zip-tie handcuffs because he found them on the floor, and picked them up to hand over to a police officer when he saw one (but he never did). Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker reports that Brock says, “I didn’t do that because I had put them in my coat, and I honestly forgot about them.”

Give me a break. Would that line even work for someone caught shoplifting bubble-gum?

There is no question that Trump and his cadre of fellow agitators have been pushing a lie about the election results for months now.

Trump and his enablers did their best to whip up a public frenzy, and that they sent a mob to storm the US Capitol, terrorizing members of the House and Senate. And they should be held accountable — for all of it.

But let’s hold the foot soldiers accountable too, maybe even more so if they are actual soldiers.

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