During a campaign stop in Clinton, Iowa, former President Donald Trump demanded the release of his followers who had been found guilty or imprisoned for offenses connected to the January 6, 2021, storming of the U.S. Capitol. Speaking to an audience in Iowa, Trump called the people who are in jail “hostages,” highlighting how they should be released since they have endured enough suffering.
In relation to the Capitol incident, nearly 1,200 persons have been charged; over 900 of them have entered guilty pleas or been found guilty. Speaking while on the campaign trail in Iowa before of the state’s vote on January 15, Trump said that he continues to lead his closest competitors, former governors of South Carolina Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis of Florida.
On the third anniversary of the Capitol riot—a day that political analysts from all stripes observed—Trump made his remarks. In addition to his more general criticism of the circumstances surrounding the 2020 election and its aftermath, he demanded the release of his supporters.
The former president will be accompanied by former governors of Diamond State Mike Huckabee and Sarah Huckabee Sanders of Arkansas for a series of faith-based engagements in Iowa as he continues his campaign.
Trump’s demand that the defendants from January 6 be released is consistent with his narrative on the Capitol incident and its political ramifications. His position is still a source of disagreement and discussion in the political sphere.