Fifteen days after announcing his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election, Donald Trump, whose speech and actions seem increasingly radical, expressed on Thursday 1er December in the evening, his solidarity with his supporters prosecuted for having invaded the Capitol, where Congress sits, in Washington on January 6, 2021, report several American media, including the New York Times and the washington post.
“People have, in my view, been treated unconstitutionally and very, very unfairly, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it. It is the militarization of the Ministry of Justice and we cannot allow such a thing to happen in our country,” says the former president of the United States in a video (not accessible from France) of support for the Patriot Freedom Project. This fundraiser was launched to benefit rioters who sought to oppose by force the ratification of Joe Biden’s victory by then-Vice President Mike Pence.
“The men and women who stood up for what they believe was a fraudulent election are now suffering greatly as they are politically persecuted. Women and children are in danger because of the unjustified detention of their husbands. As Americans, we must stand with these families and help them today”, can we read on the site of the collection. Nearly 900 people were arrested in this case, at least 100 of whom were sentenced to prison terms, including two for sedition.
Donald Trump had already promised in September to pardon them and apologize to them on behalf of the United States if he were re-elected in 2024. He himself is the subject of an investigation concerning the assault on the Capitol and another about the White House archives.
“Our nation has used law enforcement against the opposition party like never before”, he launched before the midterm elections in November, during a rally in Ohio during which he played a tune very close to the anthem of the far-right conspiracy movement QAnon, that his supporters took up in chorus. More recently, it was his dinner with Kanye West – now nicknamed “Ye” – that hit the headlines.
The rapper, now an assumed supporter of anti-Semitic theses and who has once again distinguished himself by expressing his admiration for Adolf Hitler, was accompanied by white supremacist Nick Fuentes. Author of a podcast entitled “America First”, in which he notably challenged the reality of the Holocaust, the latter became known in 2017 during the violence committed by far-right activists in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is also the leader of the “groypers”, a group of racist, homophobic and sexist “trolls”. It was finally filmed, a megaphone in hand, on January 6, 2021 in front of the Capitol.
The former tenant of the White House tried to defuse the controversy aroused by this dinner, organized in his villa in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, by ensuring that he had been ” fast ” and ” without history “. “We got on very well, he didn’t say anything anti-Semitic, and I appreciated all the nice things he said about me (…). Why wouldn’t I agree to meet him? “, he wrote about the singer on his Truth Social network. As for Nick Fuentes, Trump assures that he knew nothing about him before this visit.
An ally of Israel
In particular, it aroused the indignation of the Zionist Organization of America, which called on the former president of “condemn in the strongest terms Kanye West, who hates Jews, and Nick Fuentes, Holocaust revisionist, avowed white supremacist”.
Fifteen days earlier, the same organization had nevertheless awarded the former head of state the Theodor Herzl medal “for his unprecedented accomplishments for the benefit of Israel and American Jewry,” thanking him for the Abraham Accords between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem, the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, the withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear agreement and the end remittances to the Palestinians. The prize has only been awarded to a handful of heads of state or government, including former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, former US President Harry Truman, Israeli Prime Ministers David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir.
“The United States and Israel are not only allies militarily, but also economically and politically. We are also allies morally, culturally and spiritually and always will be – at least, if I have any say in the matter.said Donald Trump, during the award ceremony.
In the video uploaded Thursday night, he makes it clear that supporting the January 6, 2021 rioters will be a central theme in his campaign to win back the White House. “We will, as you know, think about it and talk about it very, very strongly in the weeks, months to come. (…)during the campaign »he promised.