Trump: Pardons for Jan. 6 criminals will be among ‘first acts’

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At a run arena successful New Hampshire, soon earlier nan state’s Republican statesmanlike primary, Donald Trump heard from a protagonist who urged him to “free” Jan. 6 criminals. “We will,” nan erstwhile president replied.

As for when, exactly, nan presumptive GOP nominee intends to return specified a step, nan reply is coming into sharper focus. NBC News reported overnight:

Former President Donald Trump said Monday that 1 of his first acts arsenic president if he wins successful November would beryllium to “free” those charged and convicted of crimes related to nan Jan. 6 onslaught connected nan U.S. Capitol. “My first acts arsenic your adjacent President will beryllium to Close nan Border, DRILL, BABY, DRILL, and Free nan January 6 Hostages being wrongfully imprisoned!” Trump wrote connected his Truth Social account.

So, a fewer things.

First, while it’s existent that Trump has been talking astir pardoning suspected and convicted Jan. 6 criminals for rather a while, this latest online missive collapsed caller ground: The Republican intends to rumor these pardons among his “first acts,” suggesting it’s 1 of his apical priorities.

Second, Trump will apparently beryllium rather engaged early connected a prospective 2nd term. Don’t forget, he’s many times said he wants to create a “dictatorship” connected “Day One” of his return to nan White House.

Third, it continues to beryllium profoundly weird to spot Trump push nan “drill, baby, drill” delirium fixed that nether nan Biden administration, domestic power accumulation is astatine an all-time high.

Fourth, Trump mightiness very good beryllium nan first statesmanlike campaigner successful nan history of American authorities to beryllium moving connected a level that efficaciously says, “Vote for maine and I’ll deliberately merchandise convulsive criminals backmost onto nan streets.”

Finally, stepping back, it’s important to stress that successful nan weeks, months, and years that followed nan Jan. 6 battle connected nan Capitol, national prosecutors sewage to activity charging rioters, not conscionable because they committed crimes, and not conscionable to clasp them accountable, but besides to forestall early attacks. The connection was intended to beryllium clear: The United States prosecuted these insurrectionists, truthful those reasoning astir pursuing successful their footsteps should expect to look ineligible consequences, too.

Trump intends to soundlessness that message, undo what’s been done, and make clear that criminals who disregard nan rule successful his sanction request not interest astir accountability.

There is arguably nary greater illustration of nan Republican’s hostility toward nan norm of law.

Steve Benen

Steve Benen is simply a shaper for "The Rachel Maddow Show," nan editor of MaddowBlog and an MSNBC governmental contributor. He's besides nan bestselling writer of "The Impostors: How Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Politics."