Friday, April 05, 2024

Trump embraces woman convicted of Jan. 6 crimes, helps raise money for legal costs. (WaPo)

TRUMP embracing rioters is a sure sign of what would happen if he somehow got elected to a second term.  From The Washington Post:

Trump embraces woman convicted of Jan. 6 crimes, helps raise money for legal costs

April 5, 2024 at 2:54 p.m. EDT
Former president Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Newton, Iowa, on Jan. 6. (Jordan Gale for The Washington Post) 
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Former president Donald Trump said Friday that a Colorado woman convicted of four federal misdemeanor charges related to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol is a “patriot” and shared a link on social media where people can donate money to help defray her legal expenses.

Trump, who clinched the Republican presidential nomination last month, has increasingly turned his attention and resources to people charged and convicted in the violent attack, which injured dozens of law enforcement officers and forced lawmakers — as well as Mike Pence, Trump’s vice president at the time — to temporarily go into hiding for their own safety.

According to court papers, Lavrenz said she was at the Capitol on Jan. 6 and saw people move aside physical barriers that had been put in place to prevent them from entering the building. She followed a stream of people into the building, went up a flight of stairs, spoke to a Capitol police officer, and then left the building, according to court documents.

She could be sentenced to up to a year in prison and ordered to pay fines of more than $200,000, according to the Denver Gazette.

Larenz, 71, has become known on social media as the “J6 Praying Grandma,” a reference to her contention that she drove across the country to pray for the nation in Washington on the day of the “Stop the Steal” rally, the Gazette reported.

Trump used the moniker in his social media post, claiming she had been “unfairly targeted” by the Justice Department. His post includes a link to a website where she is trying to raise $100,000 for a legal-defense fund.

Trump’s has increasingly embraced the cause of those arrested and convicted of crimes in the attack on the Capitol.

In January 2022, Trump suggested he would pardon Jan. 6 rioters. By that September, he further embraced their cause, vowing to give “full pardons with an apology to many” of those people. At his campaign rally in March 2023, Trump played a song sung by people held convicted, or charged, with Jan. 6 crimes.

As Trump locked up the GOP presidential nomination, his Republican allies in the Congress have also expressed sympathy for Jan. 6 criminals and downplayed the violence that occurred that day. The Republican House Conference Chair, Rep. Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), who has been talked about as a possible Trump running mate, referred to “January 6 hostages” in a televised interview.

Another possible running mate, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), has declined to say whether he would have certified the 2020 election results, to which Trump objected and urged his followers to oppose.

Paybarah joined The Washington Post in 2022. He previously covered politics for the New York Times, Politico New York and was a Knight-Wallace Fellow in 2017. Twitter


Michelle said...

He got them jailed with his lies and his response is to use them further for his own gain. Those stupid people deserve what they get at this point. Too bad everyone else has to be effected by their lack of morality and trolling. Those who still support that crook don't have the intelligence to grasp religion, politics, or history. Apes have more sense.

Bob said...

A hallmark of a stupid conservative Republican is one who not only didn't oppose the orange anti-Christ, but openly supported him not just for their own advantage socially and politically but because they thought he was positive! 91 felonies later, many of them still think they did the right thing. I tell you an ape has more sense than someone who will not admit that they displayed poor judgement in the matter. Imagine such delusion!