Former President Donald J. Trump’s suggestion that he would seriously look at giving full pardons to protesters who were swept up in the January 6, 2021 chaos at the U.S. Capitol and have faced severe punishment from the Biden regime isn’t sitting well with some Senate Republicans who strongly expressed their opposition to the idea.
During a recent appearance on conservative Wendy Bell’s Newsmax radio show, the nation’s 45th president said that he is financially assisting several of the protesters and suggested that he would be looking at “full pardons with an apology to many” if voters return him to the White House in the 2024 election.
“You get this, you get some of these judges that that are so as so nasty and so angry, mean the sentences. And I will tell you, I will look very, very favorably about full pardons if I decide to run. And if I win, I will be looking very, very strongly about pardons. Full pardons,” Trump told Bell.
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Such pardons would be “a bad idea” according to Senator Lindsey Graham, who predicted that there would be ” riots in the streets ” if Trump is prosecuted by Biden’s Justice Department.
“Pardons are given to people who admit misconduct, rehabilitate themselves. They’re not supposed to be used for other purposes,” the South Carolina Republican told The Hill.
Utah Senator and failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney parroted a Nancy Pelosi talking point as he rejected any pardons.
“The Jan. 6 riot was an attack on the temple of democracy, and the people who violated the law, attacked our law enforcement and besmirched our nation’s Capitol should be prosecuted according to the law, and certainly should not be pardoned,” Romney said. “It’s a grossly inappropriate comment to make.”
Senate Republican Whip Sen. John Thune also slammed possible Trump pardons.
“The only people that get pardoned are people who are charged with crimes. If they were charged with crimes, they ought to be prosecuted like everybody else,” the South Dakota lawmaker said. said. “The rule of law applies. If people broke laws, they need to be held accountable.”
Thune’s fellow South Dakotan, Sen. Mike Rounds went on record as opposing pardons for the J6 protesters.
“If he were elected, he would have a constitutional ability to do it,” he said. “I would disagree with it. I think there was insurrection and I think these folks need to be punished.
“I was there. This was truly violent,” added Rounds. “People were injured, people were killed. I have very little mercy for the individuals that were involved in that activity that day.”
Others were more open to the idea of pardons, but with limits.
“Let’s see which ones he would choose to do,” said Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri. “There’s no question it has been a massive prosecutorial effort.“
“I think that the folks who committed crimes, particularly violent crimes, on that day ought to be prosecuted,” Hawley said, according to The Hill. “I think the question becomes, are there people who’ve been caught up in this dragnet who, for instance, didn’t know that they were trespassing?“
“There absolutely is undeniably a double standard,” Hawley added, referring to the hands-off treatment taken by the feds toward the violent looters and rioters who vandalized property, torched buildings and terrorized law-abiding citizens during the George Floyd “summer of love” in 2020.
“I think there is a stark difference between acts of violence and peaceful protest. Acts of violence are unacceptable from any political perspective. Peaceful protest is protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution,” Senator Ted Cruz said.
“The Biden Justice Department has used Jan. 6 and the violent acts of a few to justify persecuting the peaceful protest and political speech of the many,” he said. “It is wildly inconsistent.
“’The Department of Justice turns a blind eye to violent rioters who looted, destroyed and firebombed American cities across the country but is eager to target anyone who dares speak on the other side of the aisle,’ he said, citing Biden’s recent speech in Philadelphia, where he accused Trump and his allies of pushing a form of political extremism that ‘threatens the very foundations of our republic,'” The Hill reported.
“This past week it got so bad that Joe Biden, bathed in red light, decreed that half the nation are fascists because they dare to disagree with his socialist policies,” Cruz said. “What DOJ is doing, targeting the political enemies of the White House, is corrupt and incredibly harmful.”
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