WASHINGTON – Organizers of a Saturday rally supporting defendants charged in the January 6 Capitol riot are urging participants not to wear clothing or signs supporting former President Donald Trump or President Joe Biden.
Matt Brainard, a former Trump campaign staffer who organized the rally, said participants who support political figures would be considered intruders.
“We request that anyone attending our events not wear any clothing or have any signs of support for President Trump or Biden,” Brainard said in a tweet. “Anyone who doesn’t honor this request will be considered an intruder and we’ll take your picture, find out who you are, and make you famous.”
His message, discouraging Trump and Biden gear, is gearing up for a rally called “Justice for J6” for police and government officials, intended to show support for those accused in the riot.
The Department of Homeland Security has estimated that 700 people could attend the rally, which will be much smaller than the event in January. But the violence of the previous incident has left Police and government officials preparing for another incident.
More than 600 people have been charged in the riots in which five people were killed and 140 police officers were injured. The riot led to the second house impeachment of Trump, who was acquitted in the Senate.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., sent a letter to lawmakers on Wednesday saying security officials would be better prepared for Saturday than they were for January 6.
“The leadership of Congress has been briefed, on a bipartisan and bicameral basis, of the unprecedented preparedness by the Capital Police Board to address the nature of the threat and yet another attempt to subvert our national purpose,” Pelosi wrote.
US Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger Said Fence Before the rally around the capital will go up and if things go well it will go down “very soon”.
Half a dozen members of the Republican House have held news conferences at the Capitol or the Justice Department calling for due process and fair treatment of detainees facing charges. Many lawmakers have called the detainees “political prisoners” because of Trump’s support.
Rape. Louis Gohart, R-Texas, said outside the Capitol on July 29 that there were reports that “federal facilities were mistreating people who were arrested on January 6.
Rep. Paul Goser, R-Ariz., said outside the Justice Department on July 27 that nearly 200 defendants remain in prison awaiting trial.
“These are political prisoners who are now being persecuted and suffering unjust pains,” Gosar said.