Konnexion controversy: Just the facts!

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UPDATED JAN. 15: See end of piece for additional Fact #7

We’ll keep this brief: Facts only!

Below are six essential facts that hopefully put the Konnexion controversy to bed, once and for all.

In addition, we are blanking out the names of all posters in these screen shots, to protect their privacy and to shield them from undue embarrassment.

#1: Stucker shared her actual reason for being in Washington, D.C., in a text with her friend three days before the insurrection. “I’m going on my own to protest the omnibus spending bill. During this time of crisis economically the last thing we need (is) to be spending a trillion+ in other countries. The stimulus is a slap in the face from the elites eating 60 ice cream bars from their 25,000 refrigerators. I’m sick of the (government).”

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Stucker sent her a friend a text on Jan. 3 explaining why she planned to allow her stay in Washington, D.C., to extend through Jan. 6.

#2: A screenshot widely circulated as evidence of Stucker’s allegiance to the far-right is actually documentation of her support for the Black Lives Matter movement. The original screen-shooter cut off a section before the phrase, “I stand in solidarity,” which in context of the conversation that occurred, refers to Black Lives Matter. In other words, the circulated screen shot actually shows Stucker saying, “I am in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement” but is cropped so that it reads the opposite.

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This widely-circulated screenshot is actually documentation of Stucker’s support for the Black Lives Matter movement. It was cropped to falsely suggest that Stucker’s comment indicated her solidarity with the far right and Trump supporters.

#3: Stucker was never closer than a football field to the Capitol on Jan. 6.Yet several rumor posters continued to spread the original false rumor, exaggerate it, add to it, and start it all over again, even after she publicly said they were wrong and the state’s largest newspaper printed a correction for how it rushed to quote the rumor post:

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These two pieces of information, widely circulated in many forms, are false. One was circulated repeatedly by an official representative of the Democratic Party.

#4: Kudos to the original rumor poster, who took pains to ask the growing mob for restraint, and attempted to clarify the facts versus conjecture in his original post.

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#5. Stucker is not a Trump supporter. She was a Bernie Sanders supporter in 2016 and left the Democratic Party in objection to how the 2016 Democratic Party nomination was decided. She was an Obama supporter in 2012 and 2008, avid enough to own a belt buckle that said, “Obama is my home-boy.”

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Stucker is a Bernie Sanders supporter even today and spent most of the 2016 election season with this Bernie bobble-head on her dashboard.

#6: In this screenshot shared with us, another Iowa Citian posts in direct sympathy with the insurrectionists, glorifying their actions as rightfully scaring politicians and using the literal exact words we all heard the insurrectionists themselves shout as they ransacked the Capitol: “This is the People’s house.” Remarkably, while the Iowa City community has been busy accusing Stucker of being part of the Jan. 6 riot, social media users have embraced (some even “loved”) this post’s basic glorification of the insurrectionists’ motive (to create fear), and their tactics (to “take over” what really belongs to “the people”). This is evident hypocrisy among our progressive community.

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We’re blocking out names to protect people’s identities in this widely-embraced post from another local in Johnson County. It uses a phrase used most frequently by the insurrectionists and the alt-right (This is the People’s House!”) and identifies directly with the insurrection’s intended purpose of terrorizing politicians into fear. Iowa City activists have not mounted an outcry against this and have instead embraced the message, as noted by the likes and loves.

UPDATED JAN. 15: Relevant Fact #7 is a SnapChat video Stucker sent from her hotel Jan. 6 at the time the Capitol was being violated, openly stating “I am not a Trump supporter” and wondering why “everyone” wasn’t present in Washington, D.C., expressing frustration at the $600 stimulus payment. Upon further questioning, she said she had not even heard Trump’s speech and had left the large crowd for the half-hour walk to her hotel after noticing tension, and growing concerned for the safety of the crowd and herself.

We won’t be using space under a heading of “Facts” to try and rebut the pile of insults, accusations and insinuations that have been circulated in recent days. Ideally, the facts and context will do the heavy lifting here.

Click here to read the accompanying blog, or the Jan. 9 editorial, about the Konnexion controversy.

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