Despite being banned from his infamous Twitter account after his election lies incited violence, former President Donald Trump continues to spew erratic diatribes and blatant lies on the social media outlet through his spokeswoman, Liz Harrington.
It was in one of these statements that Trump appeared to defend January 6 insurrectionists still in detention awaiting trial.
"All the Democrats want to do is put people in jail. They are vicious, violent, and Radical Left thugs. They are destroying people’s lives, which is the only thing they are good at."
Trump went on to skewer the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol, calling it a "coverup" for the November 3rd election, which he erroneously believes was "stolen" from him.
Trump's assertion that Democrats only want to "put people in jail" perked up the ears of critics who remembered his 2016 campaign.
Then-candidate Trump repeatedly called for the imprisonment of his opponent, Democratic nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, popularizing the chant "Lock her up!" which would become a mainstay at his campaign rallies, despite no findings of criminal wrongdoing in her use of a personal email. Even during the 2020 campaign, Trump and his supporters continued the chant, often extending it to other political figures like Michigan's Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer.
People hadn't forgotten this.
What's more, Trump has repeatedly supported harsh sentences for protesters. Amid the overwhelmingly peaceful protests against racist police brutality last summer, Trump called for a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison for anyone who vandalized property or toppled statues during a protest.
People were disturbed by the unhinged rhetoric in Trump's statement.
Trump's diatribe comes as the January 6 committee is investigating potential criminal acts committed by the former President.