Trump Opens Rally With Salute To January 6 ‘Hostages’

During his Saturday rally in Dayton, Ohio, former president and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump highlighted the plight of the January 6 “hostages,” many of whom are still being held without trial in a Washington, D.C., jail in horrific conditions.

One such instance involved the infamous “QAnon Shaman,” Jacob Chansley, who was held in solitary confinement for 317 days without trial.

“Chansley walked in Capitol thru open door, chatted with police, went into Senate chambers and left. He spent 317 days in solitary before DOJ tortured him into a plea on nonviolent obstruction charge,” explained Julie Kelly, reporter for RealClearInvestigations.

Jan. 6 defendants also reported black mold throughout their jail cells, including in the sinks where they obtained their drinking water, as well as being beaten by guards, denied medical care, given inedible food or being starved and being denied access to worship.

According to a report from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), the government attempted to cover up these horrific conditions before her visit to the D.C. jail.

“For example, cells in the January 6 wing of the CTF were extremely small, composed of a single toilet, sink, and a small bed cot,” the report read. “The walls of the rooms had residue of human feces, bodily fluids, blood, dirt, and mold. The community showers were recently scrubbed of black mold— some of which remained. The interior walls of the common area were also freshly painted. According to the inmates, the U.S. Marshals had recently visited the area just days before, which caused a flurry of activity by guards to clean up the January 6 area while the U.S. Marshals were inspecting another area.”

“Inmates explained that they did not have access to their attorneys, families, or proper nutrition from the jail,” the report added.

Meanwhile, the left has ignored this cruel and unusual punishment, instead attacking Trump and anyone else who dares to call it out.

Trump’s Saturday rally comments sparked outrage after he referred to these Jan. 6 prisoners as “hostages.”

“You see the spirit from the hostages, and that’s what they are: hostages,” Trump told the crowd. “They’ve been treated terribly and very unfairly. And you know that and everybody knows that.”

The presumptive Republican nominee went on to declare that he would “be working on” addressing the mistreatment of Jan. 6 prisoners on “the first day we get into office.”

“We’re going to save our country. We’re going to work with the people to treat those unbelievable patriots — and they were unbelievable patriots — and are you see[ing] the spirit? Just cheering… They’re cheering while they’re doing that, and they did that in prison. And it’s a disgrace in my opinion,” he continued, referring to the audio of Jan. 6 prisoners singing the National Anthem and cheering “USA!”

Trump played that audio at the start of his rally, which has been made into a song that went viral containing the “Jan. 6 Prison Choir” singing the anthem juxtaposed with Trump speaking the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Biden campaign immediately pounced on this, pushing several lies in just one short post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“Trump salutes while playing an alternative national anthem at his rally, featuring violent January 6 insurrectionists,” they wrote, ignoring the facts that the vast majority of Jan. 6 defendants were not violent and not a single defendant has been charged with “insurrection.”

The campaign’s claim that this was an “alternative national anthem” was also false, with popular X user ALX pointing out: “According to Joe Biden’s propaganda account, when people sing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’, it’s considered an ‘alternative national anthem’ What’s the original, the Black National Anthem?”

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