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Trump Praises Jan. 6 Rioters, Touts “Big Lie” and Mocks E. Jean Carroll in Unhinged Town Hall

HeadlineMay 11, 2023

Former President Donald Trump said Wednesday he intends to pardon many of the January 6 insurrectionists who’ve been convicted on felony charges, including seditious conspiracy. Trump made the remarks during a primetime event in New Hampshire hosted by CNN, where he called January 6, 2021, “a beautiful day.”

Donald Trump: “They were there proud. They were there with love in their heart. That was an unbelievable, and it was a beautiful day.”

During the 70-minute broadcast, Trump also falsely claimed the 2020 election was “rigged”; defended his family separation policy at the U.S. southern border; called on schools to harden their defenses against mass shooters and said he’d push to arm teachers; and endorsed a U.S. default on its debt, saying, “We might as well do it now.” Trump called CNN host Kaitlan Collins a “nasty person” as she questioned him about his mishandling of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort. And Trump mocked writer E. Jean Carroll after a jury on Tuesday found he sexually abused her in the 1990s, then defamed her by branding her a liar.

CNN’s decision to host Trump drew condemnation. Former D.C. police officer Michael Fanone, who was beaten and tased by the right-wing mob who attacked the Capitol on January 6, wrote in Rolling Stone magazine, “Donald Trump tried to end American democracy. Why is CNN throwing him a rehabilitation party?”

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