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Supporters raise millions to rebrand Jan. 6 rioters as 'patriots'

By Annie Gowen

06 Jan 2023 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

The Washington Post describes the growing movement in support of "Jan. Sixers", those on trial for their roles in the US Capitol riot, which views the defendants as persecuted prisoners of conscience.

For nearly two hours, about two dozen people on a group Telegram live stream cried, read Scripture, listened to hymns - and prayed fervently for defendants in jail facing trial for their roles in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

"We pray for unity in those cells," said one of the group's leaders, a woman named Aida. "Get close to them, Father God, to protect our brothers."

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