President Donald Trump has promised to pardon the political prisoners who were jailed over the events of Jan. 6, 2021.
During his live town hall event with CNN on Wednesday night, Trump vowed to release the Jan. 6 prisoners early in his administration, arguing that they’ve been “persecuted.”
The event was moderated by CNN’s leftist host Kaitlan Collins.
CNN is famous for planting questions in the crowd during their town halls.
However, Trump was well prepared.
At one point during the contentious town hall, Trump was asked if he will pardon those who were convicted over Jan. 6.
The crowd cheered as Trump responded by pledging to pardon “a large portion of them.”
The 45th president drew comparisons with the violent Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots of 2020.
He noted that “nothing” was done in response to the leftist rioters.
There are “two standards of justice in this country,” Trump warned.
CNN Crowd Cheers as Trump Vows to Pardon Many People Arrested on January 6
"You have two standards of justice in this country … And then what they've done to these people, they've persecuted these people. And yeah, my answer is, if I get in … it will be a large portion of… pic.twitter.com/E2TniiiKMn
— The Vigilant Fox 🦊 (@VigilantFox) May 11, 2023
CNN audience member: Will you pardon the January 6 rioters who were convicted of federal offenses?
President Trump: I am inclined to pardon many of them.
I can’t say for every single one because a couple of them probably got out of control.
But you know when you look at it, when you look at Antifa what they’ve done to Portland.
When you look at Antifa and what they’ve done to Minneapolis and so man other places.
Look what they did to Seattle and BLM, many people were killed.
I’m not trying to justify anything.
But you have two standards of justice in this country …
And then what they’ve done to these people, they’ve persecuted these people.
And yeah, my answer is, if I get in … it will be a large portion of…
And what they’ve done to so many people is nothing. Nothing!
And then what they’ve done to these people is they’ve persecuted these people.
And yeah, my answer is, I will most likely if I get in, I will say most likely it will be a large portion of them.
It will be very early on.
And they’re living in hell.
And they’re policemen and they’re firemen, and they’re soldiers, and they’re carpenters, and they’re electricians, and they’re great people.
Many of them are just great people.
Elsewhere during the town hall, Collins tried to push false claims about Trump’s actions on Jan. 6.
She falsely alleged that Trump refused to call for peace and civility at the Capitol.
However, Trump fact-checked her live-on-air and brought receipts to prove it.
Donald Trump takes out receipts LIVE on CNN “Let me pull it out” 🤣 pic.twitter.com/M20xVmXAst
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) May 11, 2023
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