Isaac Yoder at the Capitol, dressed as George Washington
They’re coming for you next: When Isaac Yoder put on his home-made costume of George Washington and went to the demonstrations on January 6, 2021, he was doing what he had been doing for years, making his statement about the roots of American liberty and free speech at many different protests. His goal wasn’t solely to protest the election of Joe Biden. He was there as much to remind everyone where our freedoms came from, “to honor the memory and legacy” of our Founding Fathers.
The Biden Department of Justice however didn’t like this innocent expression of free speech. It arrested Yoder, and has gotten him sentenced to a one year prison term for “Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building,” actions that the First Amendment to the Constitution expressly permits, and in fact outlaws our federal government from prohibiting.
A Missouri man walked into the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, dressed as George Washington. He caused no damage, engaged in no violence, and was even recorded peacefully speaking with police before leaving. For daring to dress as America’s pre-eminent Founding Father and symbolically rebuking our corrupt ruling class, Isaac Yoder was surveilled for seven months, eventually arrested, fined, and sentenced to a year in prison.
When Yoder arrived, the worst protests had ended, and the Capitol police had already opened the doors and were letting people quietly walk through the building. But he was part of a protest against Joe Biden, the Washington ruling class, and its control of the Federal government, and that could not be allowed, even though he was dressed as George Washington.
When he was later approached by the FBI in 2021, he assumed they were just trying to obtain information and could not imagine they planned to arrest him. He thus mistakenly cooperated with them, and was subsequently found guilty of four misdemeanors and sentenced to a year in prison. The Justice Department’s main claim is that Yoder lied in his statements because it didn’t match the testimony of an FBI officer who never saw Yoder, was in a different part of the Capitol, and experienced something completely different. Yet Yoder’s statements did match those of another officer who actually spoke to him and was a witness to Yoder’s actual behavior.
In other words, Yoder was found guilty for actions done by others, by witnesses whose testimony actually proved he was not part of those actions. As he notes in an interview,
They [the Biden administration] keep trying to act like we are accusing them of being tyrants, ‘That’s not right, don’t act like that.’ Okay, but stop proving us right. … When they do that they only add fuel to the fire of people who call them tyrants, because there is nothing else you can say. …
They are being very vindicate. They hate America, they hate God, they hate the American people, they hate anyone who stands in their way. [emphasis in original]
Isaac Yoder and his family
Yoder has a wife and three young children. They have set up a GiveSendGo donation page. Please consider donating to help them during that year in which Yoder will be in prison and unable to make a living from his locksmith business. At the moment he doesn’t even know when his sentence will begin, so he cannot even make plans to deal with it.
Yoder and everyone he knows is standing strong however. As he notes in that interview, “We’re gonna win this. … The amazing thing is that my family, our church, our community are asking for ways to help. They want to help as much as possible.”
The sad part is Yoder is only one of many other innocent Americans whom the Biden administration is sending to prison simply for “parading”, for expressing their American rights of free speech, proving unequivocally that this Biden administration is made of tyrants.