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Former President Donald Trump promised to pardon the people imprisoned in the wake of the storming of the U.S.Capitol on January 6, 2021 and hinted at a potential 2024 run during a campaign-style rally in Texas on Saturday night.
As the former president stated during his Save America rally in Conroe, his supporters who protested at the Capitol last year are being treated unfairly by President Joe Biden.
‘If I run, and if I win, we will treat those people from January 6 fairly. We will treat them fairly,’ he assured the crowd.
‘If that requires pardons, we will give them pardons, because they are being treated so unfairly.’
Afterwards, he turned his anger back toward the way the detainees are being treated before taking aim at the Democrat-led House committee investigating the riot.
‘This hasn’t happened to all of the other atrocities that took place recently, what that un-select committee is doing and what the people are doing who are running those prisons — it’s a disgrace,’ he said.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, the panel’s chairman, earlier this month asked his elder daughter Ivanka Trump to cooperate with Congress’ investigation, the latest sign that the panel is encroaching into the ex-president’s inner circle.
A number of lawmakers have been forthright about their search for Trump’s ties to the riot and the role he may have played in undermining the 2020 election.
Returning to the imprisoned rioters, he said: ’We will treat them fairly and we will take care of the people of this country.’
Hundreds of people have been charged with insurrection-related crimes by the DOJ in the past 12 months.
Trump’s allies in Congress like Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz have referred to the prisoners as “political prisoners” after witnessing their alleged poor treatment firsthand.
As the sun shone brightly in a cloudless sky on Saturday morning, Trump supporters began pouring into the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.
Dallas rally-goer Tony Kraut said he hoped the former president would run for re-election in 2024.
‘He’s such a dynamic guy and he’s working for free, he’s not working for a paycheck, and he’s the only president who’s ran for presidency that’s not doing it for political gain. He’s doing it to protect our freedoms, protect our country, protect our borders — it’s like you and I protect our household,’ Kraut stated.
In her first Trump rally, Melissa Jamerson, who attended Saturday’s rally, expressed her desire for the former president to return sooner.
‘I want him back, like, right now,’ she stated, adding that she would vote for him the next time around.
One voter from Montgomery County identified himself only as Rod and said he was ‘not really sure’ if he wants to see Trump run again.
‘He’ll be 80. I think that’s probably a little too old. I think he’s got plenty of time to get someone — a good successor with good views,’ Rod said.
Governor Ron DeSantis could take up the mantle, he said.
Cody and Cheyenne of Conroe said they ‘absolutely’ wanted Trump to run in 2024, but wanted Republicans to focus on the economy, the border and job growth in the much nearer midterm elections in November.
On Saturday morning, he released a statement announcing how many of his supporters had already gathered at the Montgomery County Fairground.
‘Big crowd already gathering in Texas for tonight, see you there!’ Trump said.
Donald Trump raised some serious money ahead of his Conroe rally, hosting a $100,000 per couple lunch and a second fundraiser before he took the stage. This money is going to Make America Great Again Again, a new political action committee.
The former president charged couples $100,000 to join him and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick for lunch in Houston, at an undisclosed location.
The Houston Chronicle reported it was to be followed by a $5,000 a couple reception at Lake Conroe, where hosts include Major League Baseball legend Roger Clemens and state Attorney General Ken Paxton. Donors could pay as much as $50,000 to join a roundtable discussion.
And he dropped into an event hosted by his son Don Jr called the American Freedom Tour.
The visit marks Trump’s first visit to Texas in two years, to the reddest county in a state where Democrats are making inroads.
His campaign-style rally in Texas on Saturday comes ahead of the state’s March 1 elections that formally kick off the midterm primary season.