Three members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia group, told Sharyn Alfonsi that they don’t support the actions of those who stormed the Capitol on January 6: “It’s stupid. We don’t do that. That's not Oath Keepers.” https://t.co/3QPl4dErim pic.twitter.com/HBYRta5ZZm— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) April 18, 2021
Monday, April 19, 2021
The Oath Keepers Reminded Me of Something
That line of argument: We don't do that. That's not us.
It reminds me of those "a few bad apples" arguments we hear about police brutality and the slaying of unarmed people. Don't judge the whole organization for doing what, to be clear, we admit we're basically being trained to do. What I do pay attention to is that they explain they work hand in glove with police forces and it is pretty disturbing that members of a far-right militia are being treated like they are--what? Authority-adjacent?
Listening carefully, I also heard a kind of shoddy reasoning that they love the Constitution, but that it means pretty much what they'd like it to mean. As in, the Constitution might say "no", but she really means "yes" about some things. (Yes, pronoun deliberately selected there.)
It didn't remind me of anything good. And 60 Minutes aired that quite frankly. It felt a bit like a laundering operation. But those sheets are still dirty as hell.