Donald Trump warned that Saturday’s ‘Justice for J6’ rally is a ‘setup’ as Capitol Hill goes into lockdown and officials prepare for the worst when hundreds arrive to protest the federal charges faced by MAGA supporters for the January 6th insurrection.
‘On Saturday, that’s a setup,’ Trump told the Federalist. ‘If people don’t show up they’ll say, ‘Oh, it’s a lack of spirit.’ And if people do show up they’ll be harassed.’
His comments come after he defended the January 6th rioters being prosecuted for their storming of the Capitol building, saying they were being ‘persecuted so unfairly’ for protesting the ‘rigged presidential election.’
‘Our hearts and minds are with the people being persecuted so unfairly relating to the January 6th protest concerning the Rigged Presidential Election. 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!,’ Trump said in a statement on Thursday.
Ahead of Saturday’s rally, Capitol Hill has turned into a fortress as officials are determined not to repeat the intelligence and planning mistakes revealed in the aftermath of the January 6th insurrection.
Security fencing is back up around the perimeter, riot shields are ready, the National Guard is on stand by and DC Metro Police will activate their entire force on Saturday.
Trump has repeatedly and falsely the 2020 election was stolen from him as a result of massive election fraud. He faced a second impeachment trial – and was acquitted – on charges he helped incite the January 6th riot.
He gave a fiery speech outside the White House on January 6th, shortly before his MAGA supporters stormed Capitol Hill.
But he’s not taking the same steps in the lead up to Saturday’s rally. The former president will spend the Saturday at a golf tournament at his Bedminster, N.J., club, the New York Times reported.