Ahead of a Washington, D.C. rally in support of those who remain jailed on charges related to the Jan. 6 Capitol unrest, former President Donald Trump implored his supporters to stay away from the event, calling it a “setup” designed to slam conservative Americans no matter what actually transpires, as the Federalist notes.
Billed as the “Justice for J6” rally, the gathering in the nation’s capital was organized as a means to protest what organizers believe is the “inhumane treatment” to which many of those who remain in custody are being subjected, according to Fox News.
Event organizer Matt Braynard and his advocacy group Look Ahead America issued a statement on Friday meant to “condemn political violence in all its forms, especially violence perpetrated on January 6,” adding, “This is a rally in support of those who have been charged with nonviolent offenses to protest of their disparate treatment at the hands of the Department of Justice and the Judicary.”
The group alleges that 67 of the 595 individuals charged with offenses including trespassing, obstruction, assault, and other crimes stemming from the events of Jan. 6 remain incarcerated while their trial dates continue to be postponed, and many are being kept in solitary confinement, Fox News added.
According to The Hill, Braynard even made a point of requesting that those in attendance on Saturday not wear or display any items showing support for Trump, President Joe Biden, or anyone else, declaring that the protest is “100% about #JusticeforJ6 and not the election or any candidate.”
Emphasizing the seriousness of his request, Braynard added, “Anyone not honoring this request will be assumed to be an infiltrator and we will take your picture, find out who you are, and make you famous.”
Even so, Trump himself remained skeptical of the impact such an event would have, given the manner in which the Jan. 6 demonstrations were weaponized by the left early this year and continue to be to this day.
“On Saturday, that’s a setup,” Trump lamented, adding, “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.”
Lending support to Trump’s suspicion that the event would indeed be used to portray Republican attendees in a negative light regardless of the day’s tenor, a substantial police presence was assembled near the Capitol complex that had been fenced off earlier in the week, and D.C. municipal dump trucks were amassed to stop protestors from roaming nearby streets, even though fewer than 1,000 people were expected to attend.