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Trump Forced To Backstab His Supporters

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Republicans are playing a dirty game now.

Former President Donald Trump vowed to grant pardons to the people who were arrested by Capitol police after the January 6th capitol riot. Now, Republican Lindsey Graham and a group of other GOP Senators are sayin Trump can’t do that.

According to The Hill, Republicans are urging Trump to abandon his own supporters by not issuing pardons to the Jan. 6 protesters and are saying it’s “a bad idea” is he tries to.

“Pardons are given to people who admit misconduct, rehabilitate themselves. They’re not supposed to be used for other purposes,” Lindsey Graham said.

It’s not just Graham who is saying this either, a number of other top Republicans have said the same thing.

Republican Senator Kevin Cramer said, “I don’t think potential candidates should hold pardons out as a promise. It’s somewhat problematic for me on a moral level and an ethical level — sort of like promising other giveaways to particular individuals.”

“I prefer avoiding those kinds of things,” he added.

Republican Senator Mike Rounds came out blatantly and rejected the idea. Rounds said, “If he were elected, he would have a constitutional ability to do it. I would disagree with it. I think there was insurrection and I think these folks need to be punished.”

“I was there. This was truly violent. People were injured, people were killed. I have very little mercy for the individuals that were involved in that activity that day,” Rounds added.

Senate Republican Whip John Thune added that those who committed crimes MUST pay for their actions. “The only people that get pardoned are people who are charged with crimes. If they were charged with crimes, they ought to be prosecuted like everybody else,” Thune explained. “The rule of law applies. If people broke laws, they need to be held accountable.”  

Trump has not responded to any of these statements by Republicans however it would be highly unlikely of Trump to simply abandon the Jan. 6th prisoners.