Trump voices support for Saturday's pro-Capitol riots rally
Former President Trump on Thursday expressed solidarity with people facing prosecution in connection to the Capitol insurrection.
- Rioters committed over 1,000 assaults against police officers, according to prosecutors.
What he's saying: "Our hearts and minds are with the people being persecuted so unfairly relating to the January 6th protest," Trump said in a statement.
- "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!"
The big picture: The "Justice for J6 rally" is organized by a nonprofit group led by former Trump campaign staffer Matt Braynard. Trump has not indicated whether he will attend or participate.
- The U.S. Capitol Police asked the Department of Defense to provide support in the form of National Guard troops should they become necessary on Saturday.
- The protective fence set up around the Capitol following the riot has been reinstalled ahead of the rally.
- Multiple congressional offices will also be closed Friday as a security precaution.
Don't forget: In the lead-up to the Capitol riots, Trump had told his supporters he would join them on their march to Congress to "show strength."
- He ultimately did not join the rioters, nor did he issue any address as they breached the Capitol.
- Later that day, he appeared in a video message, still claiming "we had an election that was stolen from us" before telling his supporters to go home. "We love you," he said. "You're very special."