Donald Trump’s vow to demand “justice for January 6 prisoners” was met with enthusiastic applause by attendees at his rally in North Carolina on Saturday.
The ex-president expressed his support for his supporters arrested during the storming of the US Capitol, while addressing a large crowd in Selma during his “Save America” rally.
Listing the GOP’s goals, Trump told the crowd, “We will, while we’re at it, demand justice for the January 6 prisoners and full protection of their civil rights. As received by ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter, who have murdered people throughout our country.”
More than 750 people were arrested during the Capitol storming, and about 70 people have so far been criminally convicted.
At an earlier rally in Conroe, Texas, on Jan. 29, Trump suggested he would pardon some of those convicted on charges related to Jan. 6.
“If I run and if I win,” he said at the time, referring to the 2024 presidential election, “we will treat these people fairly from January 6. We will treat them fairly. And if it requires pardons, we will grant them pardons because they are treated so unjustly.”
Newsweek contacted Trump’s representatives for comment.
In North Carolina on Saturday, Trump nodded to the unique example of Matthew Martin, who on Wednesday became the only person acquitted of charges related to Jan. 6.
Martin of Santa Fe, New Mexico, faced multiple misdemeanor charges, but in his decision, Judge Trevor McFadden noted video indicating stretched police did not physically block Martin’s entrance to the Capitol, and one of them even seemed to wave him in.
“And as you’ve probably heard, one of the first trials on January 6 ended in extortion [sic]and it was a horrible thing what they were doing to people,” Trump said. “But there was an exoneration because they actually proved he was sent to the Capitol by the police.”
Trump also sought to blame House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for the riot, repeating a commonly used line of attack that they rejected his request to deploy 10,000 National Guard troops. the same day. “If they had accepted that, there would have been no January 6 as we know it,” Trump said.
The Pentagon and Pelosi’s office said there was no evidence the request was made and Pelosi would not have the authority to deny it.
Trump arrived in North Carolina to promote and endorse Ted Budd for the Senate race in the Republican primary and the reelection bid of U.S. Representative Madison Cawthorn, who has come under fire from Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy for allegations of orgies and cocaine use among fellow Republicans.
Cawthorn and Budd were among the speakers at the event, which also included North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who later received a shout-out during Trump’s speech.
In his own nearly 50-minute speech, Trump touched on many of his favorite topics.
He insisted that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine would not have happened under his administration ‘because you had a president who put America first’, he denounced the so-called “critical race theory,” pointed to high gas prices, criticized recent handling of the border crisis, attacked transgender policies, and called the Democrats’ social policy document, the Green New Deal, a “socialist joke”.
About the withdrawal from Afghanistan, Trump asked rhetorically “was this the lowest point in our history?”
On President Joe Biden, Trump joked that the five worst presidents in American history together “couldn’t have done the damage that Joe Biden did.”
The former president’s popularity with the crowd chanting “we want Trump.” That sentiment is clear among Republican voters, with many backing him for a 2024 race.