Britney Greiner sentenced to nine years in prison for drug possession

Britney Greiner

Conservatives join Trump in standing with Russia after Britney Greiner is guilty

Britney Grenier was convicted of smuggling illegal drugs into Russia and sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison. Greiner told the court that she used marijuana for medicinal purposes, as it is legal in the United States and other countries.

Former President Trump recently criticized Greiner, calling her a "potential spoiler" who went to Russia "laden with drugs," Right-wingers are now celebrating, judging social media in agreement with the Russian state, which has found no sympathy for her. WNBA star and two-time US Olympic gold champion.

Britney Greiner was convicted in a Russian drug smuggling trial and sentenced to 9 years in prison.

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Right-wing writer Dinesh de Souza used the denunciation to defend the January 6 rebels who tried to overthrow the US government. "The Russians seem to be doing to Greiner what the Biden administration is doing to the nonviolent January 6 protesters," De Sousa wrote. "It's hard for us to pretend to be indignant when the same thing happens here!"

Conservative critic Tomi Lahren showed her lack of empathy, targeting Greiner's activism for racial justice and insinuating that she hates America. "Britney Greiner is a cautionary tale. I hate America. Do you think it's oppressive? Go to another country, play stupid games, and find out what oppression and 'no justice' look like; too bad, so sad."

Commentator Tim Young, whose Twitter caption appropriated his comment, wrote, "Britney Greiner is not a political prisoner...she carried illegal drugs with her in Russia and was arrested - there's nothing 'political' about that."

Trump-approved conservative commentator/author Nick Adams blamed Greiner for supporting President Biden in office and falsely claimed that there would have been no invasion of Ukraine had his dear leader been president. "While discussing Britney Grenier's prison sentence, I think it is important to note that Russia would never have invaded Ukraine with Trump remaining in the White House," Adams wrote. "In a way, Britney Grenier's imprisonment is the result of her activism and her support for Joe Biden."

As Media Matters pointed out in the run-up to the ruling, conservatives have used Griner as a pawn on the side of Russia, with each side furthering its agenda. The right-wing wanted Trump as president over Biden and claimed that Trump would save Greiner from prison. Meanwhile, it is possible that Russia wished to exchange Greiner for convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who is currently imprisoned in America.

However, when the State Department offered to include US Marine veteran and former security director Paul Whelan, Russia responded with what the White House called an offer in exchange for "bad faith." President Biden addressed the arrest of Grenier after Thursday's guilty verdict. "Russia is unjustly holding Britney," he wrote in a statement. "This is unacceptable, and I call on Russia to release her immediately so that  The US administration will continue to work and pursue every avenue possible to bring Britney and Paul Whelan home safely as soon as possible."

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