Trump Defends Jan 6th Protestors

U.S. Capitol Riot

( – Amid mounting criticism about the remarks former President Donald Trump made at a weekend rally –– where he said he would pardon January 6 arrestees –– the former President was interviewed about the issue on Newsmax.

In an interview with Rob Schmitt from Newsmax’s “Rob Schmitt Tonight,” Trump said the January 6 arrestees, who he considers political prisoners, “are being treated horribly.”

Trump continued, saying he would “absolutely give them a pardon,” considering that “some of them are being treated very unfairly.”

In response to remarks made by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) –– who had been a strong supporter of Trump –– in which he called the pardons “inappropriate,” Trump expressed that he believed Graham was wrong, using the Republican in Name Only (RINO) moniker when referencing Graham.

About Graham’s comments, he said, “I mean, Lindsey’s a nice guy, but he’s a RINO. Lindsey’s wrong.”

He then reaffirmed that he would “be prepared” to pardon January 6 rioters, adding that Graham “doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about, if he says that because you have to have equal justice.” Trump then reiterated that what was happening to rioters was unfair.

The former President also said that the sentences were “out of proportion” compared to the lack of charges against participants of the 2020 George Floyd protests. A protest where some participants rioted, vandalized property and committed arson attacks.

Elaborating on the matter, Trump said that “many of these people are not guilty” but had still been subject to a “horrible, disgusting, dirty jail.”

He then went on to detail that what they are doing to “patriots –– they’re soldiers, they’re policemen,” in comparison to “the other side” was not equal justice; adding that Democrats were lenient when dealing with and prosecuting the criminal behavior present in the George Floyd protests. He pointed to attempts to burn down federal buildings and “every Democrat city” being on fire but said “nobody says anything about it,” although “Antifa and BLM were causing such problems, including death.”

“They’re not treating these people the same way,” Trump emphasized.