CONROE, Texas – Donald J. Trump said Saturday that if elected to a new presidency, he would consider pardons for those prosecuted for Attack on the US Capitol on January 6 of last year.
He also called on his supporters to hold mass protests in Atlanta and New York if prosecutors in those cities, who are investigating him and his businesses, take action against him. grandfather.
The promise to consider pardon was the furthest one Trump made when expressing support for the defendants on January 6.
“If I run and win, we will treat those people fairly from January 6,” he said, addressing a crowd at a fair in Conroe, Texas, a suburb of Houston, seems like tens of thousands of people. “We will treat them fairly,” he repeated. “And if it asks for an amnesty, we’ll pardon them, because they’re being treated so unfairly.”
At least 700 people have been arrested in connection with the January 6 uprising, 11 of whom have been charged with conspiracy. Some have said they believe they are doing Mr. Trump’s bid.
As president, Mr. Trump pardoned several of his supporters and former aides, including Michael T. Flynn, his first national security adviser, who twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. and Stephen K. Bannon, his one-time campaign director, who is accused of defrauding donors for a privately funded effort to build a wall along the Mexican border.
In his speech on Saturday, Mr. Trump targeted the New York state attorney general and the Manhattan district attorney, both of whom are investigating his businesses for possible fraud, and at the Fulton, Ga. , who is empowering. a special grand jury to investigate Mr. Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in that state.
He urged his supporters to organize mass protests in New York and Atlanta, as well as in Washington, if those investigations lead to action against him.
“If these radical, cruel, racist prosecutors do anything wrong or corrupt, we will have the biggest protests we have ever had in this country,” he said. .
The Conroe event drew Trump supporters from across Texas and as far away as New Jersey and Washington State, some of whom camped out at the fair for several days. For much of Saturday, a carnival atmosphere prevailed, with billowing flags and ubiquitous t-shirts declaring “Trump 2024.”
As his speech lasted an hour, Mr. Trump’s rhetoric grew clearer and his attacks on the news media became more prominent. “The press is the enemy of the people,” he said, prompting angry boos, adding: “The corrupt media will destroy our country.”
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