A staffer for Trump’s Save America PAC announced the ex-president had filmed a special messaging for the Patriot Freedom Project’s open house
Former President Donald Trump said in a video message Thursday that those imprisoned for January 6 crimes were being ‘tormented’ and treated ‘very, very unfairly,’ and he would ‘get to the bottom of it’ during his 2024 White House run.
A staffer for Trump’s Save America PAC announced the ex-president had filmed a special message for the Patriot Freedom Project’s open house, a holiday-themed gathering for one of the most prominent groups providing legal defense for January 6 defendants.
‘Patriot freedom is what it’s about and that’s not happening in our country. What they’ve done to torment people and go after people, like never before, I don’t think anything like this has ever happened in our country before, certainly not to this extent,’ Trump said in a video filmed from Mar-a-Lago.
‘And you look at other groups which have done terrible things and virtually nothing happened to them,’ the ex-president added.
He commended the group’s leader, Cynthia Hughes, who faced criticism in February for stacking Patriot Freedom Project’s board with family members.
‘So it’s a very unfair situation and we’re going to be, as you know, looking about it and talking about it very, very strongly in the coming weeks, months and over the next period of a year, year and a half during the campaign,’ Trump said.
Trump announced that he’s running for the White House again, a week after the midterm elections.
‘People have been treated unconstitutionally, in my opinion, and very, very unfairly, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it,’ Trump pledged. ‘And you know what I’ve said, I take it very seriously, I’ve never seen anything like it at all levels.’
He said it was more evidence of ‘the weaponization of the Department of Justice’ – a complaint he’s made since the August raid of Mar-a-Lago as the FBI searched for missing classified documents from Trump’s time at the White House.
‘And we can’t let this happen in our country because our country is going – not socialist, they’ve skipped over that, they’ve skipped over socialism – our country is going communist,’ Trump also claimed. ‘This is what happens and we can’t let it happen, we have to stop it.’
In September Trump pledged that if he was re-elected president he would grant full pardons to all involved in the January 6 attack on the Capitol – in which he was impeached for last February, with the House of Representatives charging that he had incited an insurrection.
Trump falsely claimed that he was robbed a second term in office due to widespread voter fraud – and goaded his crowd of supporters to march on the U.S. Capitol, where Congress was gathered to certify President Joe Biden’s win.
Thursday’s event, which was streamed by the Right Side Broadcasting Network , also featured a trailer for a ‘Due Process Denied’ documentary.
The film will tell the ‘story of those accused of crimes and the fallout of their families and the families left behind who feel targeted by their own government,’ it said.
It characterizes those who attacked their way into the Capitol as ‘political prisoners’ and said that ‘every night at 9 p.m. J6 defendants sing the national anthem at the D.C. jail.’
It also suggested that those involved were let inside the federal building.
‘Then the Capitol was breached leaving unanswered questions as to why the barriers were open,’ wording in the trailer said.
Steve Bannon and GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene were billed as top speakers at the open house – and it also featured Santa visits for attendees’ kids.