(TheRedAlertNews.com) – Former President Donald J. Trump is coming under heavy criticism from several Republican United States Senators — including his staunch ally, Lindsey Graham — for his recent promise that if he is reelected in 2024, he will issue pardons to those who protested at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, and who have been or will be convicted of crimes arising from their actions on that day.
As The Hill recounts in “GOP senators led by Graham slam Trump Jan. 6 pardon promise“:
“Former President Trump’s promise to grant pardons to the rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, is running into strong opposition from Senate Republicans.
“Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of Trump’s closest allies, told The Hill that granting pardons to Jan. 6 protesters is ‘a bad idea.'”
Specifically, Graham opined: “Pardons are given to people who admit misconduct, rehabilitate themselves. They’re not supposed to be used for other purposes.”
Graham was not alone when it came to congressional Republicans criticizing Trump’s pardon promise.
- Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.): “I don’t think potential candidates should hold pardons out as a promise. It’s somewhat problematic for me on a moral level and an ethical level — sort of like promising other giveaways to particular individuals. I prefer avoiding those kinds of things.”
- Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.): “If he were elected, he would have a constitutional ability to do it. I would disagree with it. I think there was insurrection and I think these folks need to be punished. I was there. This was truly violent. People were injured, people were killed. I have very little mercy for the individuals that were involved in that activity that day.”
- Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.): “The only people that get pardoned are people who are charged with crimes. If they were charged with crimes, they ought to be prosecuted like everybody else. The rule of law applies. If people broke laws, they need to be held accountable.”
- Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah): “The Jan. 6 riot was an attack on the temple of democracy, and the people who violated the law, attacked our law enforcement and besmirched our nation’s Capitol should be prosecuted according to the law, and certainly should not be pardoned. It’s a grossly inappropriate comment to make.”
What is your opinion about former President Donald Trump promising to pardon those who protested at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, and who have been or will be convicted of crimes arising from their actions on that day?
Do you agree with Trump or Lindsey Graham and the other Republican Senators who are criticizing Trump’s promise? Please share your thoughts by emailing [email protected]. Thank you.
— The Hill (@thehill) September 12, 2022