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Trump Starts Presidential Run The Same Way He Ended His Presidency, Galvanizing Jan 6 Rioters

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Donald Trump has decided to start his presidential campaign the same way he ended his presidency, by expressing solidarity with the rioters who stormed the Capitol on 6 January, promising to “look into their suffering” and claiming they are being treated unconstitutionally “tormented” while declaring that “we’re going to win.”

“People have been treated unconstitutionally, in my opinion, and very, very unfairly, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it,” the former president said in a video screened on Thursday night at a fundraiser for families of those charged in attacking the Capitol. “And you know what I’ve said, I take it very seriously. I have never seen anything like it at all levels. It’s the weaponization of the Department of Justice, and we can’t let this happen in our country.

Trump also claimed that the United States “is going communist.”

“Our country is going not socialist. They skipped over that, they skipped over socialism. Our country is going communist, this is what happens,” he said.”We can’t let it happen. We have to stop it, he added before declaring that “We’re going to stop it. We’re going to win.”

Trump’s remarks in support of Jan 6 rioters come days after Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes and his associate Kelly Meggs were convicted of seditious conspiracy for their role in conspiring to forcibly stop the peaceful transfer of presidential power from Trump to Joe Biden and plotting to attack the US Capitol.

The video is one of a few appearances Trump has made since launching his third presidential bid last month and indicates he will continue to embrace the extremist fringe groups from which Republicans have sought to separate themselves.