Tommy Chong, an actor and comedian, was taken aback when Trump supporter Paul Alan Hodgkins was sentenced to only eight months in prison for his role in the January 6th Capitol breach.
“Damn, I got 9 months for selling bongs,” Chong tweeted with a face-palm emoji.
Damn, I got 9 months for selling bongs. 🤦♂️ https://t.co/GbTO4NAXSb
— Tommy Chong (@tommychong) July 19, 2021
Chong also mentioned a new poll that revealed a third of Republicans believe Donald Trump was behind the January 6th uprising.
“The erosion has begun. Bye-bye lard ass! See you in an orange jumpsuit sooner than you think! Losers lose everything! All slipping away! Bye-bye freedom! Bye-bye golf courses! Bye-bye racist con man!” Chong wrote.
The erosion has begun. Bye bye lard ass! See you in an orange jumpsuit sooner than you think! Losers lose everything! All slipping away! Bye bye freedom! Bye bye golf courses! Bye bye racist con man! https://t.co/3fklkZOYNZ
— Tommy Chong (@tommychong) July 20, 2021
Jordan Belfort, a stock market con artist who became known as ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ was Chong’s cellmate, and thanks to a tell-all Chong allegedly helped him to write, he became known as ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’ Martin Scorsese adapted the book into a film in 2013.”
Hodgkins, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing a joint session of Congress meeting to confirm the results of the 2020 presidential election on June 2.
While others stood over the vice president’s abandoned chair, he was seen carrying a red-and-white “Trump 2020” flag.
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“The symbolism of that act was unmistakable,” U.S. District Judge Randolph D. Moss said in sentencing Hodgkins. “He was staking a claim on the floor of the U.S. Senate not with an American flag, but declaring his loyalty to a single individual over the nation. In that act, he captured the threat to democracy that we all witnessed that day.”
The judge reiterated that the riots did far greater damage than delay Congress’s tallying of the electoral votes a few hours. They “left a stain that will remain on our nation for decades,” one that will make it “harder for all of us to tell our children and grandchildren that democracy stands as the immutable foundation of our nation,” Moss said.
Hodgkins expressed remorse and regret for his actions, any damage they caused “and the way the country I love has been hurt.” He said he understood that even the presence of participants who, like him, remained peaceful “may have helped embolden others to carry out the destruction that occurred.”
“I do not and will not make any excuse, nor will I place any blame on any politician, journalist or otherwise,” Hodgkins said, saying he put “passion ahead of principle.” He added, “I completely acknowledge and respect that Joseph R. Biden is the rightful and respectful president of the United States.”
Prosecutors in the United States sought an 18-month prison sentence for Hodgkins, citing the need to deter domestic terrorism.
Hodgkins requested either probation or house arrest.
“January 6th was genuinely an act of terrorism. . . . The need to preserve respect for the law is really at its pinnacle in a crime like this,” Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Sedky said in her 2 1/2-hour summations.
Sedky argued that an 18-month prison term “will send a loud and clear message” so that “people contemplating a follow-up to January 6th will stand down. . . and Mr. Hodgkins and other would-be rioters will be deterred and turn back, and so it won’t happen again and again and again.”