June 6, 2019

You know what they say: Even a broken clock is right twice a day. It’s hard to believe this, but I actually agree with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on something. She and some other left-wing activists agree with me that the treatment of Paul Manafort is an abuse of government power.

Here’s what AOC tweeted on Tuesday: “Paul Manafort is being sent to solitary confinement in my district – Rikers Island. A prison sentence is not a license for gov torture and human rights violations. That’s what solitary confinement is. Manafort should be released, along with all people being held in solitary. 

Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King tweeted this: “I see people excited to see Paul Manafort sent to Rikers Island and put in solitary confinement. 1. Rikers Island should be closed down. 2. Solitary confinement should be ended. We must be so principled in our calls for reform that we want them even for our enemies.”

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(It should be noted that the initial New York Times headline about Manafort facing solitary confinement has since been corrected to say he’s being held in “isolation,” and could be placed in “protective custody” away from the general inmate population, but that doesn’t preclude him being placed in solitary in the future.)

AOC later corrected her tweet, but made it clear that like King, her real problem is with solitary confinement in general, for anyone. I must acknowledge that there might be cases in which the inmate poses such a grave threat to others that solitary confinement is the only solution. No, what I was saying is that Paul Manafort doesn’t belong at Rikers AT ALL.

We should not be arguing about whether Manafort should be in “solitary” or in “insolation” or in “protective custody” away from the many dangerous inmates at Rikers. Nor should anyone with a conscience condone releasing him into the general population there, as he would likely not survive. Manafort is a threat to no one and belongs in a minimum-security facility for non-violent offenders, period.

Still, AOC and I did have a point of agreement. Thanks to Shannon Bream for reporting on her tweet Wednesday night. Who would have thought it? Trump-hating officials inside the government bureaucracy have done something so shameful, so staggeringly awful that it actually brought Mike Huckabee and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez together on something.

One thing.


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  • Michael Gene Langley

    06/07/2019 02:20 PM

    It looks like the action of the "layers" in New York are there, only, to punish Mr Manafort for being on the Trump team! It is a horrible way to act. They are hurting one person to hurt the other, when neither are guilty of much of anything, other than being Trump, or associated with him. It, absolutely, looks like what happens in a police state!

  • Dean Mansfield

    06/06/2019 10:19 PM

    Read Monica Showalter's article today at AMERICAN THINKER on this subject. Something must be done now. This is really bad. It is police state tactics. What action can be taken by ordinary citizens, Governor Huckabee? A man's life (Paul Manafort's) may be at stake.

  • Nelda White

    06/06/2019 12:57 PM

    My husband has been in law enforcement for 25 years and here, when a search warrant is issued, the officers can only search for what the warrant covers and anything found that isn't in the warrant cannot be used, and a new warrant for what is found cannot be given. So everyone that was arrested on things found while looking for Russia collusion should be set free and everything taken away returned or replaced. Next, it would appear that New York treats people the exact same way the Japanese and Germans did in WWII. They seem to be proud of their cruelty. This isn't for America, but for self satisfaction because these people dared to disagree with their democratic party and support an honest man of the opposing party. A man that respects the constitution and bill of rights instead of abusing it like the democrats.

  • Rosalie Gilliland

    06/06/2019 12:30 PM

    Is there a petition circulating to defend Paul Manafort's rights, and insist on fair prosecution of his crimes under the Constitution. Please let me know because I want to sign it. What is happening to him should never happen to any American citizen.

  • Nancy Emmons

    06/06/2019 10:34 AM

    You’re right Huck. Solitary is cruel and unusual punishment and should be abolished for everyone.