Former President Donald Trump has been actively going around holding rallies across the country. He hasn’t officially announced that he is running for President in 2024, but he has hosted two rallies so far in 2022. He made a head turning promise to Capitol rioters in one of his recent rallies.
During a rally in Conroe, Texas on Jan. 29, Trump said that he would consider pardoning people who participated in the Jan. 6th Capitol riots if they are being prosecuted. Trump told the crowd present at the venue,
“So many people have been asking me about it. If I run and if I win, we will treat those people from January 6 fairly. We will treat them fairly. And if it requires pardons, we will give them pardons, because they are being treated so unfairly. This hasn’t happened to all the other atrocities that took place recently. Nothing like this has happened. What that un-select committee is doing and what the people are doing that are running those prisons is a disgrace. It’s a disgrace“
Trump’s statements were well received by the people who attended the event, they cheered on to show their support as he shared his thoughts. Trump’s comments soon started trending on Twitter. Tom Nichols of The Atlantic tweeted that he predicted Trump would say this.
“Me in my @TheAtlantic newsletter, a week ago: ‘I expect that if Trump is reelected, he will pardon everyone involved with January 6.’”
However, according to AZ Central , Trump could have pardoned the people involved in the incident before he left the oval office. NBC News reported, Trump released a list of 74 people that he pardoned on Jan. 20, 2021. In addition to that, he commuted the sentences of 70 more people on that day.
Meanwhile, more than 761 people have been charged in connection to the Capitol riots that took place on Jan. 6th, 2021. According to NPR, the riots led to the Capitol going on lockdown and Congress evacuating.
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