Law enforcement officers and members of the media appeared to outnumber protesters during the “Justice for J6” rally in Washington D.C. to support those who were detained by the federal government after the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.
The protesters were in the midst of numerous officers clad in riot gear along with plainclothes police and law enforcement on bikes and horses.
Several arrests were made by U.S. Capitol Police, the agency said in a Twitter post, after someone spotted “what appeared to be a handgun on a man in the crowd.” A witness told Capitol Police officers, who later detained the suspect, although it isn’t “clear why the man was at the demonstration.”
Two individuals in a vehicle with a Louisiana license plate were arrested on Saturday morning with extraditable warrants out of Texas, said Capitol Police. One individual was accused of possession of a firearm and the other was accused of a probation violation.
Despite the low turnout at the rally, “Justice for J6” drew significant media coverage and social media engagement. While some media outlets on Sunday morning blared that the small crowd size was a sign that former President Donald Trump’s influence is waning, Trump last week suggested that people shouldn’t attend the event.
“On Saturday, that’s a setup,” Trump told the Federalist, appearing to pre-empt the claims that his political influence is decreasing. “If people don’t show up they’ll say, ‘Oh, it’s a lack of spirit.’ And if people do show up they’ll be harassed.”
Trump on Sept. 17 said that he believes individuals who are being detained or prosecuted for partaking in the Jan. 6 protest and breach are “being persecuted” by the federal government.
“In addition to everything else, it has proven conclusively that we are a two-tiered system of justice,” Trump wrote in a statement. “In the end, however, JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL!”
Justice Will Prevail!
Statements by Donald J. Trump
“Our hearts and minds are with the people being persecuted so unfairly relating to the January 6th protest concerning the Rigged Presidential Election. In addition to everything else, it has proven conclusively that we are a two-tiered system of justice. In the end, however, JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL!”
By Donald J. Trump
Over the past few months, concerns have been raised for several dozen individuals who were arrested and then detained in a federal jail in Washington D.C. over their role in the Jan. 6 incident.
Lawyers and family members for some of the defendants told EpochTV in July that some detainees are being subjected to solitary confinement 23 hours per day, are being denied medical care, and are being blocked from accessing their defense counsel.
The conditions they’ve faced, meanwhile, have alarmed some Democrat lawmakers, including. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).
“Solitary confinement is a form of punishment that is cruel and psychologically damaging,” Warren said in an interview published in April. “And we’re talking about people who haven’t been convicted of anything yet.”
From the Desk of Donald Trump
It is incredible that our National Guard is standing at the empty Capitol
“It is incredible that our National Guard is standing at the empty Capitol, not at our Southern Border, where the number of illegals coming into our Country is at a level that has never been seen before!”
By Donald J. Trump