Former President Trump in a Thursday statement offered sympathy for those charged with participating in the Jan. 6 riot, while not mentioning a controversial rally at the Capitol scheduled for Saturday that is backed by supporters of people arrested in connection with the insurrection.
Trump has not linked himself to the “Justice for J6” rally on Saturday, which has precipitated new security measures on Capitol Hill. Fencing has been reimposed around the Capitol as security officials take steps to prevent anything resembling the riot on Jan. 6, when a mob of Trump supporters overwhelmed police and entered the Capitol.
Trump, who was impeached over his actions related to the riot, repeated his false statements about the 2020 presidential election being stolen in his short written statement.
“Our hearts and minds are with the people being persecuted so unfairly relating to the January 6th protest concerning the Rigged Presidential Election,” Trump said. “In addition to everything else, it has proven conclusively that we are a two-tiered system of justice. In the end, however, JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL!”
Organizers of the rally have sought to distance it from Trump in recent days by asking people planning to attend to not wear clothing backing Trump or carry signs supporting him.
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