Jessica Watkins’ birthday was August 16
Begs Her Rep Jim Jordan (R-OH) to Get Her Into a Women’s Prison
WASHINGTON — A military veteran who stormed the U.S. Capitol with the Oath Keepers on Jan. 6 was sentenced to 8½ years in federal prison Friday after apologizing for her actions.
Jessica Watkins told U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta that her actions were “reprehensible,” and apologized for the impact that her conduct had on the country.
Mehta said that Watkins, who is trans, has a “fairly compelling life story.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Hughes said that the government does not dispute or minimize what Watkins went through personally, saying that she “has our sympathies, but she does not have an excuse.”
Jessica Watkins – who was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison in connection to her leadership role in the January 6 Insurrection – is worried about being sent to a men’s prison because she’s transgender and is asking her followers to get Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Jim Jordan (R-OH) to pressure the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) to get her into a women’s prison. Greene, Gaetz, and Jordan have all expressed anti-LGBTQ+ views in the past and are unlikely to support trans women being housed in women’s prisons.
“CALL TO ACTION!” Watkins posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. The FBOP “plans to put me in a mens prison! I am currently being held in a mens jail.” She added the handles of Greene, Gaetz, and Jordan as well as a screenshot with their phone numbers.
Watkins, who is from Ohio, is represented in Congress by Jordan, who has been opposed to transgender rights since at least 2016, when he released a statement opposing then-President Barack Obama’s guidance to allow trans students to use school restrooms in accordance with their gender identities.