Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Sunday that former President Trump’s suggestion that he would pardon Jan. 6, 2021, rioters if reelected is “inappropriate.”
During Graham’s appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” host Margaret Brennan played a clip of Trump speaking Saturday at a Texas rally, where he said he would treat the Capitol rioters “fairly.”
“If I run and I win, we will treat those people from Jan. 6 fairly,” Trump told the crowd. “We will treat them fairly, and if it requires pardons, we will give them pardons because they are being treated so unfairly.”
“No, I don’t want to send any signal that it was OK to defile the Capitol,” Graham told Brennan when asked if he agreed.
“There are other groups with causes that may want to go down to the violent path that these people get pardoned,” he added.
“I think it’s inappropriate. … I don’t want to do anything that would make this more likely in the future,” Graham told Brennan.
The Republican senator added that he didn’t like it when Vice President Harris “and her associates and the people that work for her, her staffers, raised money to bail out the rioters who hit cops in the head and burned down stores” after the violent summer of 2020 that put America in the world’s spotlight.
This is an excerpt from The Hill.
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