Brittany Griner was found guilty of illegal drug trafficking in Russia and sentenced to nine years in prison on Thursday. Griner told the court that he used marijuana for medicinal purposes, as is legal in the United States and other countries. He was caught with less than a gram of cannabis oil.
Former President Trump recently called Griner “a potentially spoiled person” who went to Russia “full of drugs”, and the right wing is now celebrating the decision on social media in step with the Russian state , for which no sympathy was received. WNBA star and two-time US Olympic Gold Champion.
Right-wing writer Dinesh D’Souza used the sentence to defend the rebels who tried to overthrow the US government on January 6. D’Souza wrote, “It seems that the Russians are doing to Griner what the Biden administration is doing to nonviolent protesters on January 6th.” “It’s hard for us to pretend resentment when the same thing is happening here!”
The Russians seem to be doing to Griner what the Biden administration is doing to nonviolent protesters on January 6. It’s hard for us to show resentment when the same thing is happening here!
Russian prosecutors demand 9.5 years in prison for Brittany Griner https://t.co/Vh4wpNa6Sn
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) 4 August 2022
Conservative pundit Tomi Lahren shows her trademark lack of empathy, taking aim at Griner’s activism for racial justice and meaning to hate America. “Brittany Griner is a cautionary tale. Hate America? Think it’s oppressive? Go to another country, play stupid games and find out what oppression and ‘no justice’ look like. Very sad.”
Brittany Griner is a cautionary tale. Hate America? Think it’s oppressive? Go to another country, play silly games and find out what oppression and “no justice” look like. too bad so sad. I
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) 4 August 2022
Commentator Tim Young whose Twitter handle is apt for his remarks wrote, “Brittany Griner is not a political prisoner…she took drugs that were illegal with her in Russia and was arrested – ‘anything in it’ Not ‘political’.”
Brittany Griner is not a political prisoner… she took drugs that were illegal with her in Russia and was arrested – there’s nothing “political” about her.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) 31 July 2022
Trump-approved conservative commentator/writer Nick Adams blamed Griner’s support of President Biden for the sentence and falsely claimed that Ukraine would not have been invaded if his beloved leader had been president. “When discussing Brittany Griner’s prison sentence, I think it’s important to note that Russia would never have invaded Ukraine had Trump still been in the White House,” Adams wrote. “In a way, Brittany Griner’s prison time is the result of her own activism and her support for Joe Biden.”
In discussing Brittany Griner’s prison sentence, I think it’s important to note that Russia would never have invaded Ukraine with Trump at the White House.
In a way, Brittany Griner’s prison time is a result of her own activism and her support for Joe Biden.
— Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA) 4 August 2022
as media affairs In the lead-up to the sentencing, conservatives are using Griner as a pawn alongside Russia, with each side advancing its own agenda. The right wing wanted Trump over Biden as president and claimed Trump would have saved Griner from prison. Meanwhile, Russia wanted to exchange Griner for possibly convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who is currently imprisoned in the US.
However, when the State Department offered to include US Marine Corps veteran and former security executive Paul Whelan, Russia opposed the offer which was called out by the White House. A “Bad Faith” Counter Offer, President Biden addressed Griner’s detention following the guilty verdict on Thursday. “Russia is unfairly detaining Brittany,” he has written in a statement. “This is unacceptable, and I call on Russia to release him immediately so that he can be with his wife, loved ones, friends and teammates. My administration will continue to work tirelessly and support Brittany and Paul Whelan as soon as possible. Will do everything possible to bring him home safely.”