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Today’s blacklisted American: Jan 6th demonstrator apparently commits suicide due to Biden administration persecution

Matthew Perna, dead because he expressed his opinion
Matthew Perna, now dead because he simply expressed an opinion

Blacklists are back and the Democrats have got ’em: Matthew Perna, one of the vast majority of demonstrators who came to the Capitol on January 6, 2021 to peacefully protest the installation of Joe Biden as president, has now apparently committed suicide at the age of 37 because of the Biden administration’s endless persecution, slander, and legal attacks against him.

From his obituary:

He attended the rally on January 6, 2021 to peacefully stand up for his beliefs. After learning that the FBI was looking for him, he immediately turned himself in. He entered the Capitol through a previously opened door (he did not break in as was reported) where he was ushered in by police. He didn’t break, touch, or steal anything. He did not harm anyone, as he stayed within the velvet ropes taking pictures.

For this act he has been persecuted by many members of his community, friends, relatives, and people who had never met him. Many people were quietly supportive, and Matt was truly grateful for them. The constant delays in hearings, and postponements dragged out for over a year. Because of this, Matt’s heart broke and his spirit died, and many people are responsible for the pain he endured. Matt did not have a hateful bone in his body. He embraced people of all races, income brackets, and beliefs, never once berating anyone for having different views.


During and after the protests in Washington on January 6th, it was obvious to anyone who wanted to pay any attention at all that almost all of the Trump supporters behaved properly, legally gathering to peacefully protest. A handful acted badly, with some apparently FBI provocateurs and some apparently disguised Antifa agents also acting as provocateurs.

Most however entered the Capitol when the Capitol police opened the doors for them and allowed them in. Most then strolled through the Capitol taking pictures like tourists. Little was damaged, with the only people killed an unarmed protester shot by police. And these so-called “insurrectionists” then left peaceably before the day was out.

Perna did exactly this. In fact, he was inside the Capitol for all of 20 minutes, did nothing wrong, and then left. For this, the Biden Justice Department has been persecuting him for the past year, eventually forcing Perna in December to plead guilty…

… to one felony charge of obstruction of Congress and three misdemeanors, WKBN 27 reported.

Along with obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting, he was charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct on a restricted building or grounds, and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building.

That felony charge could have put Perna in jail for 20 years while also subjecting him to heavy fines. Based on the harsh sentencing imposed on other January 6th protesters for similar behavior, Perna had every reason to expect a heavy sentence at his April 1st hearing.

When one compares the severity of the charges against Perna and the other January 6th protesters with the light sentences and often utter dismissal of all charges against the Antifa and BLM rioters — who not only burned down whole businesses but caused the deaths of innocent bystanders — it makes one want to puke. No wonder Perna was overwhelmed with depression, as indicated by his family in the obituary. He had seen his glorious free American nation die, and was being crucified by the power-hungry government that now ruled it.

It is once again critically important to identify Perna’s persecutors: Democrats controlling Congress, the Presidency, and the Department of Justice. These thugs cannot tolerate any dissent from anyone, especially if it is loud, outspoken, and coming from ordinary people. Such dissent must be squelched, and because the average Americans who protested on January 6th have little power, these bullies find them easy targets for slander and oppression.

And if you think this doesn’t concern you because you weren’t there on January 6th, you are fooling yourself. The more success these Democratic Party bullies have had in destroying their enemies, the more widely they have been spreading their attacks, so that now all their opponents are targets. The oppression has only just begun, and will grow worse if Americans do not begin standing up to it, hard.

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13 comments

  • Milt

    Robert —

    A fine piece about the persecution of Mr. Perna, but you have left out the role of the Republicans in essentially aiding and abetting such disgraceful behavior. Not only have “our” Republican legislators — with one or two honorable exceptions — done virtually nothing to support these demonstrators with legal aid or council*, they have not even had the courage to speak up for them in Congress or try to exercise some influence with the Justice Department. God, no. Crickets.

    *As did a number of Democratic representatives for their party’s BLM / antifa shock troops, bailing out rioters, looters, and arsonists all across the country.

    Sure, after this year’s midterm elections, Congress *may* convene another round of hearings about the Capitol demonstrations, but Mr. Perna is already dead (too bad), and nobody “important” is rotting in a District of Columbia jail.

    What it comes down to, I believe, is that many Republicans were, and are, just as upset as the Democrats that mere American citizens dared to show up at their place of work (that is, the Capitol) and inconvenience them. Thus they are very happy to see them punished in this way for their impertinence. Who does this country “belong to,” anyway? Certainly not the rabble who showed up on January 6th.

    Finally, Mr. Perna is exactly the kind of person — “Matt did not have a hateful bone in his body. He embraced people of all races, income brackets, and beliefs, never once berating anyone for having different views.” — who poses the greatest danger to the ideology and the agenda of the radical left. He was by all accounts a decent human being, and this is now the greatest crime of all in this country. Unless you are as twisted and hateful as they are, they can’t allow you to exist.

  • Cotour

    Unfortunately, anyone who foolishly found themselves caught up in the pent-up confusion and inside the Captial building during the riot in the name of “Patriotism” is in real terms now a political prisoner of the Democrat party machine and will be used as a political weapon and be made an example of.

    And the only thing that will bring them relief as they are all slow walked through our justice system which conveniently is controlled by those same Democrats in power is a change in that power and administration.

    At the time I wrote: “The rioters in the Capital have done great damage to the MAGA movement”. And I still say that and unfortunately this poor man could not take what he did not realize would come his way.

    And it is clear that there were without argument government agent provocateurs operating within the crowd and stirring things up in order to ensure chaos, riot, illegal entry and arrests. And we know why that was.

    Who Is Ray Epps? https://www.the-sun.com/news/3936657/who-is-ray-epps/

    And I am certain there were many other operators in operating within the crowd and within the Capital building.

    Wrong place wrong time.

  • Doubting Thomas

    A sad, sad post. All I can do for Mr Perna is to pray that his soul has gone to a better place where he is with our Lord God.

    Precisely right that ordinary people are being targeted. Milt is precisely correct in pointing out that the Republicans with darn few exceptions have ignored this. We are being pushed further and further into a corner.

    Here is another attempt which the Republicans will likely ignore:

    Through their organization All On The Line (AOTL) (formerly “Obama for America”), former President Barack Obama and his former Attorney General Eric Holder have aggressively targeted certain key states with strategic litigation wherever they believe Republicans hold an advantage in their electoral maps.

    Barack Obama and Eric Holder, with the help of attorney Marc Elias, have been working to give the advantage to democrats despite the large shift in voter antipathy for the Democrats. While nationwide, the plan specifically targets Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

    Obama and Holder portray All On The Line as about “fairness” to mobilize their supporters, the group is guided by the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) which was created to “favorably position Democrats for the redistricting process through 2022”

    In North Carolina, a three-judge panel at a county superior court level rejected the map created under the authority of law by the Republican-controlled North Carolina state legislature, and instead approved a map that will likely lead to Democrats increasing their congressional seat count in the state from five to six.

    In Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court picked a new map that lays out the state’s updated congressional districts, the Court chose 4-3, the map submitted by the Carter petitioners, who are connected to the National Redistricting Action Fund.

  • Jeff Wright

    A Trump pardon could have stopped this. I also feel at the end of my rope-I lost a co-worker to domestic violence and my beat up car is about to blow up. It hurts to be poor.

  • James Street

    Jeff Wright, be extra kind and gentle to yourself during your time of grieving the death of your co-worker. Life is tough and very very cruel during normal times. With the government undermining and attacking us in every way it’s especially overwhelming.

    Take a break from the news. Spend time with friends even if it’s by email or text. Get out and do a favorite hobby.

  • Doubting Thomas

    Jeff Wright – I think James is correct. Take care. God loves you, God loves all of us. I have been re-reading beloved books from my youth as a means of taking a breath. My brother and sister in law bake and give the products to local fire houses.

  • David M. Cook

    I blame the entire body of liars & murderers known as the FBI. From Waco to Senator Ted Stevens, & from Comey to Ray Epps, the FBI has turned into a gang of thugs & whores! Any money given to the FBI should be considered a gift to the crooked democrats & an assist to the chi-com government. We need to defund the entire FBI & close their doors forever! I speak as a life-long Conservative Republican! The FBI is a malignant cancer spreading through the nation, & needs to be removed, not “reformed”!

  • Doubting Thomas,

    Where are the “Republicans” in NC and Pennsylvania? They are the ones with standing to fight these illegal judicial takeovers of their Legislature’s rightful powers but seem to be absent. If Republicans brought suit to overturn Democrat redistricting they would be laughed out of the courts.

  • Doubting Thomas

    BillB – I can’t answer your question. I am stunned when I talk to people, so many people seem indifferent to the whole affair. I agree with you also, that even if the state legislatures roused themselves to bring suit in court, the courts, primarily controlled by the enemy would simply find excuses for “lack of standing” or “lack of jurisdiction”.

    From John Locke in 1689 – still true today

    “What is my Remedy against a Robber, that so broke into my House? Appeal to the Law for Justice. But perhaps Justice is denied, or I am crippled and cannot stir, robbed and have not the means to do it. If God has taken away all means of seeking remedy, there is nothing left but patience. But my Son, when able, may seek the Relief of the Law, which I am denied: He or his Son may renew his Appeal, till he recover his Right. But the Conquered, or their Children, have no Court, no Arbitrator on Earth to appeal to. Then they may appeal, as Jephtha did, to Heaven, and repeat their Appeal, till they have recovered the native Right of their Ancestors, which was to have such a Legislative over them, as the Majority should approve, and freely acquiesce in.”

  • BLSinSC

    This is a tragic event that should NEVER happen to a US CITIZEN! The POLITICAL PERSECUTION of “sightseers” is disgusting and should be illegal! The R’s who are not standing up for the POLITICAL PRISONERS should be voted out and replaced by REAL AMERICANS!
    The dems need to realize that they have set yet ANOTHER PRECEDENT that should be used against them in the future! Come Jan 21,2025 when PRESIDENT TRUMP returns to his rightful place, there should be a ROUNDUP of EVERYONE connected to the COUPS!! Use the PRECEDENT of Jan 6th to arrest them for suspicion of ORGANIZED CRIMES against the USA and simply locked away! This would lead to riots to protest “unfair” treatment. THEN use our National Guard to quell the riots and enlarge the captive democrat base! Lock them up and leave them to rot!

  • Alex Andrite

    Without Hope ……
    Man will perish.

    Hopelessness is a very dark and lonely place.
    A crushing and putrid lie, which can extinguish our spark of humanity.

    I know this.
    I buried my son after he snuffed out his own spark, hopeless and alone.

  • wayne

    Jeff Wright–
    semi-retired mental-health caseworker here—-
    May I suggest, at a minimum…..eat properly, maintain a sleep/awake schedule, avoid non-prescribed psychoactive drugs, interact with people you trust every day, avoid getting trapped inside your own head, shorten your time frame, and endeavor to complete at least one task every day, no matter how small.
    (I appreciate that all this is infinitely easier to SAY than it is to DO.)

    Jordan Peterson / Akira the Don
    “Pet A Cat When You Encounter One”
    https://youtu.be/LAIQNwCbf0Y
    4:11

  • sippin_bourbon

    I hope he has found rest.
    And I pray for his families recovery from their loss.

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