Florida Republicans to host rally calling for Jan. 6 insurrectionists to be released
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The Sunshine State now has more individuals charged in connection with the attack than anywhere else in the nation.

Arguably, the state of Florida led the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

The Sunshine State now has more individuals charged in connection with the attack than anywhere else in the nation. Florida also has the most charges connected to far-right extremist groups, like the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys.

But this weekend, a handful of Florida Republican candidates will host a rally in Tallahassee calling for Gov. Ron DeSantis and others to put pressure on authorities to free the “political prisoners” of Jan. 6.

The “Free Our Patriots Rally in Tally” will be Saturday and is hosted by Luis Miguel, a far-right Republican candidate looking to primary Sen. Marco Rubio. “Folks, The patriots who have been hunted down by the corrupt, communist FBI are suffering. Many of them are veterans who fought for this nation,” tweeted Miguel. “Let’s do our part to ensure they’re liberated. We can’t allow this in America. Be there at the Florida Capitol on July 10.

Miguel, who posts a near nonstop stream of conspiracy theories from his Twitter account, has criticized Rubio for things like getting a vaccine and voting to certify the 2020 election results. Miguel also claims that the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection that resulted in five deaths (including a police officer) was in fact a “False Flag carried out by a corrupt FBI to distract from the Election Theft and target conservatives.”

Tampa Bay Republican and two-time congressional failure Christine Quinn has also publicly stated that she will attend the event.

“Join me to support our Patriots that have been unlawfully arrested and detained without due cause,” posted Quinn to her Instagram account. Like Miguel, Quinn has consistently denied that Joe Biden won the 2020 election, and she also continues to deny that she lost her own election to District 14 Congresswoman Kathy Castor who won more than 60% of the votes.

After providing zero evidence, Quinn has since dropped a lawsuit contesting her election results and says she will run a third time in 2024. Coincidentally, she’s still suing local Trump supporters for stiffing her with all the travel expenses to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6

As of now, charges against Florida rioters related to Jan. 6 range from conspiracy; assault, including on a federal officer; civil disorder; violent entry; obstruction of an official proceeding; and entering and remaining in a restricted building.

Federal authorities have already arrested over 500 people suspected of involvement with the Capitol riot, and 60 of those are from Florida.

Meanwhile, 2022 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist has called on DeSantis to publicly reject the conspiracy theory that Trump actually won the election, and to investigate Florida’s connection to the hate groups involved with Jan. 6.

“If Gov. DeSantis can’t admit the truth about something as simple as who the duly elected President is, is there anything he won’t mislead the public about?” said Crist. “Just as troublingly, his silence is empowering the hate groups that fueled the insurrection of January 6th. Floridians deserve better.”

So far, DeSantis has done neither.

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14 comments

  • Tom Palmer

    July 7, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    To be fair, I’m not sure whether this reflects the thinking of anyone but the party’s fringe. The mainstream is weird enough sometimes.

  • Eric Nix

    July 7, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    The writer of this nonsense is a freaking moron.

  • Patrick

    July 7, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    You liberal communists need to knock it off. Your article contains so many lies it’s rediculous…

  • Johny Reb

    July 7, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    Luis Miguel is a strong conservative Patriot.

  • Tina Mason

    July 7, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Luis Miguel is saying what the majority of the Republican party are thinking and believe. Marco Rubio is not viewed well since he didn’t certify the election and hes bashed Trump for years. Look at Marco’s new red flag gun law bill he just introduced this year. Republicans are sick of him and people like him.

  • Christine Quinn

    July 7, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    First and foremost, the Christine Quinn for Congress Campaign was not a failure! This article makes false and misleading statements.

    Christine Quinn won on election night, looknitnup! The lawsuit was NOT dropped, the Attorney didn’t file the suit correclty and it was going to take more than two years to be heard, all the Candidates involved decided it would ne a waste of money and time and it would be better to sprnd their time and money talking with voters and running their campaigns for 2022 not 2024 as stated!

    Moreover, the lawsuit against Jeff Hawks was based on principle to expose his diecit and lies! It was not about getting “shifted” on travel expenses!

    Finally, no one reached out to the Quinn Canpaign for comment! This article is inaccurate on many accounts!

  • Christine Quinn

    July 7, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    First and foremost, the Christine Quinn for Congress Campaign was not a failure! This article makes false and misleading statements.

    Christine Quinn won on election night, look it up! The lawsuit was NOT dropped, the Attorney didn’t file the suit correclty and it was going to take more than two years to be heard, all the Candidates involved decided it would be a waste of money and time and it would be better to spend their time and money talking with voters and running their campaigns for 2022 not 2024 as stated!

    Moreover, the lawsuit against Jeff Hawks was based on principle to expose his deceit and lies! It was not about getting “shifted” on travel expenses!

    Finally, no one reached out to the Quinn Campaign for comment! This article is inaccurate on many accounts!

  • Stan

    July 8, 2021 at 1:51 am

    In the article it mentioned Charlie Crist, he is the same person who transferred political party’s to Demorat because the Tepuplicans didn’t vote for him. He is a failure and I wouldn’t trust his words as far as I could throw him. He is a political hack and needs to be voted out of office.

  • Bob

    July 8, 2021 at 11:46 am

    The United States of America was founded on the principles of law and order. Those who participated in the insurrection on Jan 6th are criminals who are being rightfully arrested and charged with their crimes. They are decidedly not patriots – they are traitors and must be treated as such.

    • Matt

      July 11, 2021 at 3:57 am

      Declaration of Independence July, 4 1776

      “That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundations on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

  • Dan Daniels

    July 8, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Trump lost. Get over it, GQP snowflakes.

  • DS

    July 9, 2021 at 7:10 am

    18 U.S. Code § 2385 – Advocating overthrow of Government

    Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or

    Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or

    Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof—

    Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

    If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

    As used in this section, the terms “organizes” and “organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes, and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.

    • Matt

      July 11, 2021 at 3:57 am

      Declaration of Independence July, 4 1776

      “That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundations on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

  • Adrian

    July 9, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    Delta will have a good day at this event

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