If you want to get a glimpse of how far gone our justice system has become under Donald Trump, look no further than the Jack Corbin case.
“TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A white man charged with cyberstalking and making racist threats against a black activist in Virginia was ordered Monday to remain in custody, in a case that could test the boundaries of when online trolling becomes a criminal threat.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Wilson ordered Daniel McMahon to continue to be jailed, saying his mental instability, ability to obtain firearms and praise of mass shootings in Pittsburgh and Charleston, South Carolina, through his online communications raise concerns he poses a threat to the community. …
During Monday’s hearing, the prosecutor presented as evidence some of the comments McMahon had made on social media, including ones repeating that Gathers needed to be stopped through “a diversity of tactics.” Gammons said that term meant physical violence. …”
According to U.S. Attorney Carlton Gammons, Jack Corbin’s use of the phrase “a diversity of tactics” on social media means he was threatening physical violence. Checks notes.
1/2 The FBI says Jack Corbin was arrested because he threatened Don Gathers by calling for a “diversity of tactics”. Federal prosecutors say this a threat of violence.https://t.co/kUd0277ow4— Case Zero (@TheMadDimension) September 25, 2019
2/2 When I was at the UVA law library to study case law related to several cases in which I am a party & witness, Molly Conger called for a “diversity of tactics” to run me off the premises.— Case Zero (@TheMadDimension) September 25, 2019
Unlike with Corbin, this actually happened. I was stalked & harassed for hours by a mob pic.twitter.com/iQrhAXysxy
If law enforcement has any intention of upholding rule of law and civil rights, showing people that taking the law into their own hands is NOT the answer, can they *please* start holding people accountable for their actions and not their protected political opinions?— Case Zero (@TheMadDimension) September 25, 2019
If there is any doubt that Molly Conger intends violence as part of “diversity of tactics” here she is praising the terrorist who bombed the ICE facility in Tacoma.— Case Zero (@TheMadDimension) September 25, 2019
These are the kind of violent radicals she sent after me as a witness in a federal lawsuit. pic.twitter.com/6L8HRVJGlR
Why does Trump’s DOJ and the FBI arrest Jack Corbin for using the phrase “a diversity of tactics” – a tongue-in-cheek remark about Antifa who constantly use that phrase – and implying it is a threat of physical violence? Why doesn’t the phrase “a diversity of tactics” imply threats of physical violence when it is used by Antifa who have repeatedly engaged in actual physical violence for years at rightwing political rallies? Jack Corbin has only watched those rallies at home.
I’m sure there is a good explanation for why Trump’s DOJ and the FBI have done absolutely nothing about hundreds of examples of Antifa violence at rightwing rallies, not to mention cyberstalking for which they are never banned on social media platforms. Surely, there is a good reason why the people who use the phrase “a diversity of tactics” to violently disrupt these events and who then go out and routinely do it in cities like Charlottesville and Portland are allowed to get away with it while those who merely watch the footage of these rallies at home are prosecuted.