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Local DC news outlet suggests Capitol rioters should not have right to legal defense

The local Washington D.C. news outlet WUSA9 suggested in a tweet Thursday that the American public should be upset that the Capitol rioters' legal defense is being paid for by tax dollars.

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The local Washington D.C. news outlet WUSA9 suggested in a tweet Thursday that the American public should be upset that the Capitol rioters' legal defense is being paid for by tax dollars.

"The guy who paraded a Confederate flag through the Capitol. “Zip tie guy.” #OathKeepers, #ProudBoys and the woman who stole Nancy Pelosi’s laptop. What do they all have in common? You’re paying for their defense," the outlet tweeted.

Under the U.S. Constitution, all criminal defendants have a right to legal representation, under the assumption of one being "innocent until proven guilty."

The outlet's post on Twitter received fierce backlash from conservatives and proponents of a fair justice system.

"We get it. you hate the constitution," The Blaze's Jessica O'Donnell commented.

Another use commented, "The government pays for the defense of murderers, rapists, and child abusers, too. And rightly so; due process is EVERYONE'S right, not just that of people we like."

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