Answering a Craigslist ad for $15 an hour to carry a sign, shout profanities, and create some “activist” disruptions around Washington, D.C. during the inauguration isn’t a bad gig if you’re an unemployed millennial. But 10 years in federal prison wasn’t in the job description.
These ne’er-do-wells somehow thought that the rules set up by former President Obama would still apply. That rioters would get “space to riot.” Wrong.
Most of the approximately 230 protesters arrested on Inauguration Day will be charged with felony rioting, federal prosecutors said.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the offense is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The office said most of those arrested will be released without having to post bail and must return to court in February.
I don’t think that all of the 217 people charged with rioting will be locked up. But living for a month with that serious felony hanging over your head tends to make people rethink their lives. And putting a few of them in the pokey for a few years will go a long way toward discouraging this kind of behavior we saw so often during the rocky campaign.
One promise Trump made in his nomination acceptance speech is that he’d be the law and order president. These rioters are finding out the hard way that President Trump intends to keep that promise.