The mother of a Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty to rioting at the Capitol blames far-right media members such as Rush Limbaugh and Alex Jones for promoting her son’s actions.
Jackson Kostolsky, 32, of Allentown pleaded guilty last September to unlawful picketing charges after participating in the January 6 attack on the Capitol building. He could face up to six months behind bars and a maximum fine of $5,000.
Before his sentencing on January 11, CBS News congressional correspondent Scott MacFarlane was able to obtain a copy of a letter Kostolsky’s mother sent to the judge asking for a lighter sentence.
The letter reads, “Somewhere at the age of 20 and while living in his father’s home, Jackson was inspired by the right-wing media.” He was inspired by Rush Limbaugh and, sadly, Alex Jones and his conspiracy theories. were affected. It seemed like it was fueling his anger issues.”
The letter continued, “He believes whatever Alex Jones has to say. Jack is someone I consider a victim of the media.” “We differ greatly in our political views, but we have intelligent discussions and debates … I know in my heart that my son is not a rebel.”
Kostolsky’s mother is one of several parties who have said that the January 6 rioters’ actions were instigated or instigated by conservative politicians and right-wing media. Limbaugh and Jones are two people who are often named similarly.
Limbaugh, who died in February 2021, was a conservative radio host who had a nationally syndicated show, The Rush Limbaugh Show, It has become one of the most listened programs in the country. Limbaugh was a staunch member of the right wing, and faced controversy throughout his career for promoting several conspiracy theories.
This includes once claiming that the COVID-19 virus was similar to a common cold, and perhaps most famously, spreading the conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. Limbaugh was also a significant supporter of former President Donald Trump, who awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom before his death.
Jones, meanwhile, has become one of the most notorious far-right radio hosts in the country, largely due to the conspiracy theories he has propagated on his platforms, including alex jones show and his website InfoWars.
This includes, among other things, the baseless claim that millions of illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 presidential election. Jones has also promoted conspiracies surrounding several mass shootings, saying that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was a false flag campaign.
In the lead-up to the events of January 6, 2021, Jones was also one of the most enthusiastic broadcasters of the claim that President Joe Biden won the 2020 election as a result of nationwide voter fraud.
Jones was reportedly in Washington, DC on January 5, 2021, and a video posted to InfoWars shows him stirring up a crowd of supporters who will later march on the Capitol.
Kostolsky’s mother’s claim that the media was responsible for her son’s actions has been used as a defense by others accused in the riot. A public defender said his client “…became a victim of false and provocative claims from the right-wing media.”
However, this is a position that has not been confirmed by most of the judges in these lawsuits.
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