As with any speech coming from former President Donald Trump, many dangerous things that were said at his recent rally. The most concerning being his pledge to consider pardoning his supporters who were arrested on January 6 if he wins the presidency again in 2024. This in conjunction with him saying that he hopes to see protests if he gets indicted, which he referred to as prosecutors doing something “wrong or illegal,” sends a bad message that could cause problems for the country once again.
On Saturday night during a rally in Conroe, Texas, Trump told the crowd, “If I run and if I win, we will treat those people from January 6th fairly.” He continues saying, “And if it requires pardons, we will give them pardons because they are being treated so unfairly.” Trump’s statements here are an attempt to further minimize the most significant attack on the seat of the government since the War of 1812. As AP News reports, participants smashed through windows, assaulted police officers, and sent lawmakers and congressional staff fleeing for their lives while trying to halt the peaceful transition of power and the certification of Trump’s rival Joe Biden’s victory. It has been made abundantly clear that it was supporters of Trump who were behind this. These are people who deserve to face the consequences of their actions, not victims of a corrupt system.
Then to say that he hopes to see protest if he is indicted is something no leader should be saying. It shows, once again, his inability to separate his personal goals from the wellbeing of this country. Especially when keeping in mind that it was supporters of Trump who were behind the deadly storming on January 6. I’m not saying that he is planning to cause another dangerous event of that level, but simply showing how that could happen again. This is the type of danger Trump presents. We’ll just have to see as another election season soon arrives.