Politics Trump Defends Capitol Rioters Being 'Persecuted So Unfairly' Ahead of Sept. 18th Rally
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Former Presidentdoubled down on defending those who rioted at the United States capitol on January 6, calling them unfairly "persecuted" on Thursday.
In a statement released by Trump's Save America PAC ahead of a rally planned for September 18 in support of the hundreds of rioters arrested for allegedly participating in the January 6 Capitol riots, the ex-president expressed solidarity with those criminally charged:
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"Our hearts and minds are with the people being persecuted so unfairly relating to the January 6th protest concerning the Rigged Presidential Election. In addition to everything else, it has proven conclusively that we are a two-tiered system of justice. In the end, however, JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL!"
"Our hearts and minds are with the people being persecuted so unfairly relating to the January 6th protest concerning the Rigged Presidential Election. In addition to everything else, it has proven conclusively that we are a two-tiered system of justice... pic.twitter.com/i5e0ID0Cox— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) September 16, 2021
The Capitol is preparing for an influx of far-right protestors, with law enforcement agencies making moves to bolster their resources. A temporary fence around the Capitol Building has been re-erected after it was removed in July.
Capitol rally seeks to rewrite Jan. 6 by exalting rioters
WASHINGTON (AP) — First, some blamed the deadly Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol on left-wing antifa antagonists, a theory quickly debunked. Then came comparisons of the rioters to peaceful protesters or even tourists. Now, allies of former President Donald Trump are calling those charged in the Capitol riot “political prisoners," a stunning effort to revise the narrative of that deadly day. The brazen rhetoric ahead of a rally planned for Saturday at the Capitol is the latest attempt to explain away the horrific assault and obscure what played out for all the world to see: rioters loyal to the then-president storming the building, battling police and trying to stop Co
Capitol police have also requested help from the National Guard.
The "Justice for J6" event, organized by former Trump staffer and campaign operative Matt Braynard, is intended to support the several hundred rioters who have been charged for storming the capitol in support of Trump's widely-debunked claims that he rightfully won the 2020 presidential election.
Braynard, who has referred to those facing criminal charges as "political prisoners" and "brave patriots," is organizing the rally as part of the Look Ahead America organization. Braynard wrote in a letter to the(DOJ) in January that would-be insurrectionists "reasonably believed they had permission" to enter the Capitol, given by the president himself.
Trump has not announced plans to attend the event. Notably, he also did not specifically mention the "Justice for J6" rally, as it's being called by organizers. His statement of support was released two days before the scheduled date of the event.
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It was not immediately clear what the ex-president meant by his statement that "justice will prevail." Of the 642 people who have been charged in the Capitol insurrection as of Tuesday, dozens have already pleaded guilty.
Trump has not taken responsibility for inciting the riots that lead to the illegal breach of the Capitol building, although he faced impeachment in February, charging him with "incitement of insurrection." The article was approved in the House but went on to fail in the.
Braynard has listed several rules for attending the September 18 rally, several of which appear to be geared toward safety, but has not advised attendees not to bring weapons.
Newsweek reached out to a spokesperson for Donald Trump for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.
Low turnout, low drama mark rally for jailed pro-Trump rioters .
The “Justice for J6” rally Saturday to advocate the release of jailed pro-Trump insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 lacked much drama, with only a small number of protesters matched by a heavy media and law enforcement presence. Demonstrators showed up on a muggy day in less than droves to a sleepy Capitol […] The post Low turnout, low drama mark rally for jailed pro-Trump rioters appeared first on Roll Call.