warned that Saturday’s ‘Justice for J6’ rally is a ‘setup’ as Capitol Hill goes into and officials prepare for the worst when hundreds arrive to protest the federal charges faced by MAGA supporters for the January 6th insurrection.
‘On Saturday, that’s a setup,’ Trump told the. ‘If people don’t show up they’ll say, “Oh, it’s a lack of spirit.” And if people do show up they’ll be harassed.’
His comments come after he defended the January 6th rioters being prosecuted for their storming of thebuilding, saying they were being ‘persecuted so unfairly’ for protesting the ‘rigged presidential election.’
‘Our hearts and minds are with the people being persecuted so unfairly relating to the January 6th protest concerning the Rigged Presidential Election. 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!’ Trump said in a statement on Thursday.
Ahead of Saturday’s rally, Capitol Hill has turned into a fortress as officials are determined not to repeat the intelligence and planning mistakes revealed in the aftermath of the January 6th insurrection.
Security fencing is back up around the perimeter, riot shields are ready, the National Guard is on stand by and DC Metro Police will activate their entire force on Saturday.
Trump has repeatedly and falsely claimed thewas stolen from him as a result of massive election fraud. He faced a second impeachment trial – and was acquitted – on charges he helped incite the January 6th riot.
He gave a fiery speech outside the White House on January 6th, shortly before his MAGA supporters stormed Capitol Hill.
But he’s not taking the same steps in the lead up to Saturday’s rally. The former president will spend the Saturday at a golf tournament at his Bedminster, N.J., club, thereported.
Donald Trump warned that Saturday’s ‘Justice for J6’ rally is a ‘setup’
Ahead of Saturday’s rally, Capitol Hill has turned into a fortress with security fencing back up around the perimeter
Signs warn the area around the Capitol is closed ahead of Saturday’s rally
A U.S. Capitol Police officer patrols the East Plaza of the Capitol after fencing was put up overnight ahead of Saturday’s ‘Justice for J6’ rally
Around 700 people are expected for Saturday’s rally, which is to protest the federal charges against those who stormed the Capitol on January 6
Republicans are distancing themselves from the rally as security measures go into place around the Capitol
U.S. Capitol Police officials survey the area around the Capitol reflecting pool ahead of Saturday’s rally
U.S. Capitol Police will hold a press conference on Friday to discuss preparations for the rally. Officials said earlier this week the National Guard are on standby – a preventative measure and a reassurance after there was a delay in activating theguard on the day of the insurrection.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Wednesday the officers asked the Department of Defense ‘for the ability to receive National Guard support should the need arise on September 18’.
House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy said that he did not expect any Republican lawmaker to attend Saturday’s rall
He added: ‘I’m not going to detail the specific request. We’re doing the analysis, we are in receipt of it, we’re analyzing it and if it can be validated and supported, we’ll do that and we’ll look at the sourcing inside the department as to what’s most appropriate.’
When asked how many personnel were needed at the rally, Kirby replied that ‘it’s not a particularly large size or major capability’.
‘I think it’s really more in the form of some manpower support,’ he added.
Fencing was originally installed in the days after January 6th and not taken down until July. It is expected to come down imminently after Saturday’s event.
Republicans, meanwhile, are distancing themselves from the rally.
‘They need to take a firm line, buddy,’ Senator Lindsey Graham told theof security around the event. ‘If anybody gets out of line, they need to whack ’em.’
House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy said that he did not expect any Republican lawmaker to attend.
Since the rally is on a Saturday, lawmakers will not be in the Capitol. The rally is planned for the Union Square area of the Capitol grounds, the section of the West Front containing the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial and Capitol reflecting pool, and is scheduled to start at noon ET.
Even Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has criticized the treatment of the January 6th rioters, said she would not attend.
Nearly 600 people have been charged so far in connection to the January 6th insurrection.
The rally was organize by Matt Braynard, a former Trump campaign operative, who has said Saturday’s event will be peaceful.
‘This is a completely peaceful protest,’ he told, adding ‘we have told people that when they come, we don’t want to see any messaging about the election, we don’t want to see any messaging on T-shirts and flags or signs about candidates or anything like that.’
Roughly 700 people are expected to attend, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
A sign warns visitors that weapons are prohibited by U.S. Capitol Police on Capitol grounds, surrounded by a security fence ahead of Saturday’s rally
Congressional staff walk through a gate to get into the Capitol on Thursday morning
The security fence was installed overnight on Wednesday and is expected to come down after Saturday’s rally
US Capitol Police have asked the National Guard to be on standby for Saturday’s rally
Nearly 600 people have been charged so far in connection to the January 6th insurrection
Far right extremist groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers are planning to attend. Members of those groups were among those who stormed the Capitol on January 6th and face some of the toughest federal charges as a result.
Intelligence officials toldthey are worried about individual fights breaking out or ‘lone wolf’-style violence or individual ‘knuckleheads’ using the gathering to cause trouble.
The FBI is monitoring chatter on social media sites and message boards, including Telegram, Parler and Gab.
The January 6th riot resulted in five dead. Four police officers working that day committed suicide and more than 100 police officers were injured. The rioters did more than $1 million in damage to the Capitol.
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