Who Won the Week — 01/16/2022

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week, the Who (or What) Won the Week winner this week is justice, maybe.

Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group, has been arrested and charged with seditious conspiracy in the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The federal seditious conspiracy statute can be used to charge two or more people who conspire to “overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States” or “by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States.” A conviction can carry a 20-year prison sentence.

Rhodes is charged, along with more than a dozen other members and associates of the Oath Keepers, who authorities say came to Washington intent on stopping the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.

Rhodes is the highest-ranking member of the extremist group to be arrested in the deadly siege and it is the first time the Justice Department has brought a seditious conspiracy charge in connection with the attack on the Capitol.

The Oath Keepers case is the largest conspiracy case federal authorities have brought so far over January 6th, when thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed past police barriers and smashed windows, injuring dozens of officers and sending lawmakers running.

Rhodes, himself, did not enter the Capitol that day, but is accused of helping put into motion the violence that disrupted for hours the congressional certification Joe Biden’s election.

Now that Rhodes and the other members of the Oath Keepers have been arrested, the next step is for them to actually be convicted. Maybe justice will be served if they actually are convicted.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Photo credit: REUTERS/Jim Urquhart.