Credit: Alice Miranda Ollstein @AliceOllstein/ X
Credit: Alice Miranda Ollstein @AliceOllstein/ X

LGBT Activists’ Arrest

  • A group of LGBT activists, affiliated with Housing Works and Health GAP, entered House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s Capitol Hill office.
  • The intent was to highlight the need for the federal AIDS relief program, PEPFAR.
  • They were subsequently arrested by the U.S. Capitol Police for causing a disruption.

January 6th Comparisons Spark Outrage

  • Richard “Bigo” Barnett was sentenced to 54 months in prison for non-violent offenses related to the events of January 6th.
  • During that incident, he entered the office of the Speaker of the House, who was Rep. Nancy Pelosi at the time, and placed his feet on her desk.
  • Many people are upset about the disparity in the treatment of leftist protestors, which appears to be more lenient and forgiving compared to the treatment of Richard “Bigo” Barnett, a 63-year-old retired firefighter.

Jan. 6 rioter who put his feet on desk in Nancy Pelosi office sentenced to 4.5 years in prison

PEPFAR’s History and Impact

  • PEPFAR stands for “United States President’s Emergency Response For AIDS Relief,” launched by President George W. Bush in 2003.
  • The program funds HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and cure research.
  • As of 2022, nearly $100 billion has been disbursed through the program, with claims of saving around 25 million lives.

PEPFAR Controversy

  • Some Republicans criticize PEPFAR, alleging misuse of funds for abortions abroad, potentially violating the Helms Amendment.
  • Republican Rep. Chris Smith pushes for PEPFAR’s reauthorization to exclude abortion support.
  • Democrats, including Sen. Robert Menendez, have opposed this, citing it as an attempt to politicize the program.
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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
17 days ago

To Rerun J6 right