Former President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the treatment of jailed Capitol incursion participants is “a disgrace.”
Trump phoned into a rally outside of a Washington, D.C., jail where Jan. 6 defendants are being held, according to Mediaite.
The former president called Micki Witthoeft, the mother of slain incursion participant Ashli Babbitt. Witthoeft put her phone up to a microphone to share the call with the protesters.
“It’s a terrible thing that has happened to a lot of people that are being treated very, very unfairly,” Trump said.
“You look at all of the riots that took place – for a long period of time, not just 2020 – the last long period of time, and almost nothing has happened to those people,” Trump said by phone.
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“We love Ashli, and it was so horrible what happened to her. That man [who] shot Ashli is a disgrace and then he goes on television and it looks like he was actually bragging about it,” Trump said.
Trump then spoke about the treatment of Jan. 6 participants who have been jailed.
“I want to tell everybody that’s listening, we’re with you. We’re working with a lot of different people on this,” Trump said. “We can’t let this happen. This has never happened before.”
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Trump said the incursion defendants are being subjected to different treatment than others arrested in various riots and protests.
“You look at all of the riots that took place for the last long period of time, not just in 2020, the last long period of time, and almost nothing has happened to those people,” he said. “What they’re doing here is a disgrace. It’s a disgrace to our country and it just cannot be allowed to happen and it cannot be allowed to continue.”
Without citing specifics, Trump said, “Everybody’s working on it, and…