CONROE, Texas — Donald J. Trump stated on Saturday that if elected to a brand new time period as president, he would take into account pardoning these prosecuted for attacking the United States Capitol on Jan. 6 of final yr.
He additionally known as on his supporters to mount giant protests in Atlanta and New York if prosecutors in these cities, who’re investigating him and his companies, take motion towards him.
The promise to contemplate pardons is the furthest Mr. Trump has gone in expressing help for the Jan. 6 defendants.
“If I run and I win, we are going to deal with these folks from Jan. 6 pretty,” he stated, addressing a crowd at a fairground in Conroe, Texas, exterior Houston, that appeared to quantity within the tens of hundreds. “We’ll deal with them pretty,” he repeated. “And if it requires pardons, we are going to give them pardons, as a result of they’re being handled so unfairly.”
A minimum of 700 folks have been arrested in reference to the Jan. 6 riot, together with 11 who’ve been charged with seditious conspiracy. Some have said they believed they were doing Mr. Trump’s bidding.
As president, Mr. Trump pardoned a variety of his supporters and former aides, together with Michael T. Flynn, his first nationwide safety adviser, who twice pleaded responsible to mendacity to the F.B.I., and Stephen Ok. Bannon, his onetime marketing campaign supervisor, who was charged with defrauding donors to a privately funded effort to construct a wall alongside the Mexican border.
In his Saturday speech, Mr. Trump took goal on the New York State legal professional basic and the Manhattan district legal professional, each of whom have been investigating his companies for doable fraud, and on the district legal professional in Fulton County, Ga., who’s empaneling a particular grand jury to analyze Mr. Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election leads to that state.
He urged his supporters to prepare giant protests in New York and Atlanta, in addition to in Washington, if these investigations result in motion towards him.
“If these radical, vicious, racist prosecutors do something fallacious or corrupt, we’re going to have on this nation the most important protests we now have ever had,” he stated.
The occasion in Conroe drew Trump supporters from throughout Texas and as distant as New Jersey and Washington State, a few of whom had camped out on the fairground for a number of days. For a lot of Saturday, a festive ambiance prevailed, with billowing flags and omnipresent T-shirts declaring “Trump 2024.”
As his speech stretched on previous an hour, Mr. Trump’s rhetoric grew extra pointed, and his assaults on the information media extra belabored. “The press is the enemy of the folks,” he stated, prompting offended boos, including: “The corrupt media will destroy our nation.”