Former President Trump on Thursday expressed solidarity with those facing prosecution in connection with the Capitol rebellion.
why it matters: The statement was issued ahead of Saturday’s rally to protest the treatment of Capitol rioters. More than 600 known federal defendants face charges related to the January 6 uprising.
- According to prosecutors, the rioters carried out more than 1,000 attacks against police officers.
what is he saying: “Our hearts and minds are with the people unfairly abused over the January 6th protests,” Trump said in a statement.
- “Apart from everything else, it has been conclusively proven that we are a two-tier system of justice. In the end, justice will prevail!”
big picture: The “Justice for J6 Rally” is organized by a non-profit group led by former Trump campaign staffer Matt Brainard. Trump has not indicated whether he will or will participate.
- US Capitol Police on Saturday asked the Defense Department to provide assistance in the form of National Guard troops if necessary.
- The protective fence installed around the Capitol after the riots has been reinstalled ahead of the rally.
- Many Congress offices will also remain closed on Friday in view of security.
do not forget: In the lead-up to the Capitol riots, Trump told his supporters that he would join them in the march to Congress in a “show of strength”.
- He ultimately did not join the rioters, nor did he release an address because they had breached the Capitol.
- Later that day, he appeared in a video message, still claiming that “we had an election that was stolen from us” before asking his supporters to go home. “We love you,” he said. “You’re so special.”