A conservative group called out Donald Trump for suggesting he’d pardon Jan. 6 rioters if he’s elected president again in 2024.
The new video from the Republican Accountability Project juxtaposes Trump’s pardon comments with video footage of his supporters attacking the U.S. Capitol, assaulting police officers and attempting to stop the certification of the 2020 election.
Trump wants to pardon the people who tried to overturn our election. Which makes sense. He was one of them. pic.twitter.com/R0wKhRYxlL— The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) February 4, 2022
Trump’s pardon promise has been panned by both the left and the right.
“My view is I would not be in favor of shortening any of the sentences to any of the people who pled guilty to crimes,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said this week.
“If you do the crime, you do the time. You shouldn’t be pardoned for that,” Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said at a separate event.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Trump’s remark was pretty revealing.
“They go to his intent,” Schiff said on MSNBC this week. “If this violence against the Capitol wasn’t part of the plan, or wasn’t something he condoned, then why would he consider pardoning them?”
For the past year, the Republican Accountability Project has been calling out the lawmakers who enabled Trump and supported the Jan. 6 insurrection, including 13 members of Congress who are featured in the group’s online “Hall of Shame.” The organization is also looking to support primary challengers “to ensure that as few of them as possible return to Congress in 2022.”