As we’ve frequently noted around these parts, the list of reasons why Donald Trump should never be allowed within 1,000 feet of the White House again is a very long one that continues to grow longer with each passing day. The latest entry? His continued defense of the people who violently attacked the US Capitol following his 2020 loss, which seems to suggest he’d encourage such behavior again, should his bid to retake the presidency in 2024 not go according to plan.
The Washington Post reports that in a video aired at a fundraising event on Thursday night, Trump “expressed solidarity” with the mob that broke into the government building in an attempt to block Joe Biden’s electoral win, saying: “People have been treated unconstitutionally, in my opinion, and very, very unfairly, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it. It’s the weaponization of the Department of Justice, and we can’t let this happen in our country.” The event was hosted by the Patriot Freedom Project, which bills itself as “a nonprofit organization providing legal, financial, mental health, and spiritual support for individuals and their families—including young children—who are suffering at the hands of a weaponized justice system.”
While this is far from the first time Trump has gone to bat for the violent mob—last September, he said he would issue “full pardons with an apology to many” of the rioters—it appears to be the first time he’s done so since announcing he will run for president for a third time. As a reminder, a number of the rioters he says he stands with brutally attacked law enforcement officers on January 6, while five people died during or after the attack. Earlier this week, Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia, was convicted of seditious conspiracy for his plot to keep Trump in power. Since the attack on the Capitol took place nearly two years ago, more than 800 people have been arrested and federally charged with crimes, the Post noted.
Trump’s role in January 6 is currently under investigation by the Justice Department, which appointed war crimes prosecutor Jack Smith to serve as special counsel to oversee the case last month, after Trump announce his candidacy for office. In June, former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified that Trump knew his supporters were armed on the day of the attack and nevertheless demanded they be allowed onto the Ellipse for his pre-insurrection speech—and later, to march to the Capitol—arguing that they weren’t there to hurt him.
In other news about why there should be a federal ban on Trump entering not just the District of Columbia but the entire Washington metropolitan area—that’s right, throw Maryland and Virginia in there too: On Thursday, a guy whom he had dinner with just last week said things like, “I like Hitler” and “I’m a Nazi,” and then tweeted an image of a swastika inside a Star of David. So, y’know, add that to the tab.
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