How many times did leftists criticize Donald Trump for allegedly keeping migrants in cages? Despite the fact that they were the same accommodations used by Obama?
I’m assuming you can’t count the number, as neither can I. But nothing highlights the hypocrisy more than this story coming from Jan. 6th prison detainees.
There is a defendant being held in Virginia in danger of dying. He is clearly extremely ill, but the jail refuses to provide proper medical care, namely a special diet to treat his celiac disease. Now, New York attorney Joseph McBride is shining a light on his client’s situation.
According to the Epoch Times:
“They’re starving the guy out,” McBride told The Epoch Times. “They have moved him six times since he’s been detained. We can’t send him to a facility that’s not going to be able to take care of him.”
Christopher J. Quaglin’s case is the most recent in a series of allegations that Jan. 6 defendants have been beaten, tortured, and denied food and proper medical care while in federal custody. A group of 14 lawmakers on Jan. 3 sent a letter (pdf) to Michael Carvajal, director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, demanding that “you use your authority to investigate this abuse or we will use our authority to investigate your failure.”
“Many instances of physical and psychological abuse, denial of medical care, 24-hour solitary confinement, denial of basic personal hygiene, denial of access to legal counsel, destruction of records, and general abuse of rights and mandated standards for prisoners have been brought to our attention,” the lawmakers wrote. The letter was organized by Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).
Quaglin, who is from New Jersey, is charged in federal court with assaulting multiple law enforcement officers during rioting at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. He is being held pending trial at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia, the sixth facility where he’s been housed since he was charged in April 2021.
“If somebody has celiac disease, the food has to be prepared the same way a Jewish person’s kosher food would be prepared: separate,” McBride said. “Everything needs to be separated, because if there is cross-contamination, you can kill him. He lost close to 20 pounds now since the 21st of December.”
McBride said if Quaglin isn’t moved to a hospital for treatment and given a proper diet, he could die. Repeated complaints to the jail have gone nowhere, he said.
Stop for a moment and imagine if any detainee were treated this way under the Trump administration.
The leftist media would be sending up smoke signals until someone was held accountable for this deplorable treatment.
Instead, prison officials deny any wrongdoing or mistreatment towards Quaglin.
McBride sent a certified letter on Dec. 31, 2021, to Ronald Jett, vice chairman of the Northern Neck Regional Jail Board, alleging that Quaglin’s civil rights are being violated. That letter came after a sharply worded email exchange between McBride and Ted Hull, superintendent of the Northern Neck Regional Jail.
“Regardless of Mr. McBride’s fictitious assertions, inmate Quaglin is and has been receiving the appropriate dietitian designed diet consistent with his specific dietary requirements and the appropriate level of medical services consistent with his diagnosis,” Hull told The Epoch Times.
In his first email reply to McBride on Dec. 28, 2021, Hull complained about the lawyer’s tone.
“You are NOT in a position to demand anything and you will find me less than helpful if you continue to act in this manner,” Hull wrote, according to a copy of the email provided to The Epoch Times.
“For the record, while New York has the reputation of being filled with people like you, as a rule y’all neither impress nor intimidate anyone,” Hull wrote. “Document anything you like or call anybody you like … it will not change anything. The inmate is receiving the appropriate level of cate [sic]. Stating completely fictitious assertions is nothing more than an obvious attempt at intimidation. And, unfortunately, you lack the ability to intimidate anyone.”
In a Dec. 30, 2021, email, McBride made a legal demand that Quaglin be moved to a hospital for emergency care and be given a celiac-safe diet. He also alleged the jail eavesdropped on an attorney-client conversation and is preventing McBride from having regular video contact with Quaglin.
“We remind you that Mr. Quaglin is a pretrial detainee, not an inmate, as such it is illegal to punish him,” McBride wrote.
A Dec. 30, 2021, email reply from Hull called McBride’s demands “pointless” and said Quaglin’s needs “are being addressed.” He said Quaglin “is just another inmate and he will receive exactly what every other inmate receives. Which is exactly what he is supposed to … nothing more, nothing less.”
If only these were the first complaints about the treatment of Jan. 6th detainees, we might find them not credible. But when two plus two keeps adding up to four, eventually, you know it’s four.
Of course, Trump wouldn’t stand for Americans to be treated like that, even if they seemed to deserve it. (Remember when he rescued three basketball players who shoplifted in China?) Now the question is, what will Biden do about this? My guess: absolutely nothing!