Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume got a Twitter that on Wednesday pulled over a tweet that ages badly almost instantly.
“Here’s a thought. Let’s base our view on whether 1/6 was a ‘rebellion’ on whether the detainees are accused of rebellion. So far there have been none,” the conservative commentator wrote, sharing a link to one Wall Street Journal opinion poll which he apparently disagreed with calling the January 6 Capitol attack “what it was: a violent uprising.”
Within hours of Hume’s speech, news broke that 11 members of the right-wing Oath Keepers, including founder Stewart Rhodes, had been arrested and charged with rebellious conspiracy in connection with the attack on the Capitol. It is the most serious charge so far in the extensive investigation, which has seen more than 700 people charged.
Both rebellion and rebellion against the government are serious federal crimes, though rebellious conspiracy actually carries more severe punishments than rebellion – up to 20 years in prison. Charges of rebellion or incitement to insurrection involve fines and imprisonment for up to 10 years.
Hume later shared a link to the Oath Keepers news, but did not directly address whether it had changed his mindset on how to define the January 6, 2021 attack.
Twitter users’ reactions to his first tweet have been gathered below.