Trump Promises to Free Jan 6 Protesters If Elected President

( – Individuals imprisoned in connection with the breach of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, can expect to be released if former president Donald Trump retakes the White House in 2024. Trump said that he intends to free people “wrongfully imprisoned” on charges linked to January 6 as one of the first acts of his potential second term as president.

Nearly 500 people have been sentenced, more than 900 convicted, and over 1,350 charged for crimes tied to the events at the US Capitol on January 6, according to the Justice Department. Trump himself also faces criminal charges in connection with January 6, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

Trump characterized the imprisoned individuals as “hostages” of the US government. Trump’s characterization of the prisoners as hostages is “grotesque,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

Sarafina Chitika, a spokeswoman for US President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign, said that Trump will do “whatever it takes” to retain power. However, the spokeswoman said that the American people had not forgotten about the events at the US Capitol on January 6.

In addition to freeing people imprisoned for ties to the breach of the US Capitol, Trump said that he would also begin a second presidential term by securing the United States’ borders from illegal immigration and drilling for energy.

On March 12, journalist Tucker Carlson released an interview with Jake Chansley—the so-called “QAnon Shaman”—whom prosecutors convicted on charges related to January 6. Chansley served time in federal prison on the charges, but was released in May 2023.

The events of January 6 were a “deep-state setup,” Chansley told Carlson. The media dehumanized and caricatured people involved in the incident to fit their narrative, Chansley said.

Although Chansley is already free and even running for a US House seat in Arizona as a libertarian, other people charged in connection with January 6 remain imprisoned, perhaps until Trump retakes the White House and orders their release.

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