During a recent appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham stated that is was “inappropriate” for former President Donald Trump to suggest that some January 6th defendants would be pardoned if he were to be elected to the White House in 2024.
Former President Trump made the comments with regard to January 6th defendants while appearing at a rally in Conroe, Texas on the evening of January 29th, which said comments also hinted at a 2024 run ostensibly under the Republican ticket.
“If I run and if I win,” Trump said, “we will treat those people from January 6th fairly…And if it requires pardons, we will give them pardons because they are being treated so unfairly.”
The day following Trump’s comments, Republican Senator Graham – often thought to be an ally to the former president – appeared on “Face the Nation,” where host Margaret Brennan cited the approximate 730 individuals charged in relation to the January 6th incident at the Capitol and asked whether he agreed with Trump’s comments.
In response, Senator Graham said that he wasn’t a fan of the comments made by the former president, expressing concern of the precedent that might be set if some individuals were pardoned in relation to the Capitol incident – alluding that the standard could embolden others who may “want to go down the violent path.”
“No, I don’t want to send any signal that it was OK to defile the Capitol,” Graham said. “There are other groups with causes that may want to go down the violent path if these people get pardoned.”
Brennan pressed the issue further, specifically asking whether Trump’s comments during the Texas rally were “a dangerous thing to say.” Senator Graham didn’t go so far as to liken the former president’s comments as being “dangerous” but rather claimed they were “inappropriate.”
“I think it’s inappropriate. I don’t want to reinforce that defiling the Capitol was OK. I don’t want to do anything that would make this more likely in the future.”
While Senator Graham wasn’t the biggest fan of Trump’s recent comments, he also highlighted how Vice President Kamala Harris had “raised money to bail out the rioters who hit cops in the head and burned down stores” during the 2020 riots prior to her taking office.
Proclaiming a sort of moral consistency with regard to those who participate in riots, Senator Graham stated that he doesn’t “want to do anything from raising bail to pardoning people who take the law in their own hands.”