WASHINGTON (AP) – Former President Donald Trump on Thursday defended some of his supporters who rioted in the United States Capitol on January 6, saying they posed a “zero threat” to lawmakers who had gathered there to certify the Electoral College vote that confirmed Joe. Biden’s victory in the presidential race.
Trump complained to Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham that law enforcement was “chasing” rioters on Capitol Hill, while “nothing is wrong” with leftist protesters.
Trump acknowledged that those who stormed the Capitol “got in and they shouldn’t have.”
But he added: “Some of them came in and they are, they are hugging and kissing the police and the guards. You know, they had great relationships. Many people were invited in and then they went in and out. “
More than 300 people have been charged in connection with the riots. Authorities have said they believe at least 100 more could face charges.
The January 6 riot followed a fierce rally by Trump outside the White House, urging a crowd of his supporters to “fight like hell” for him on Capitol Hill. A week later, the House indicted Trump a second time, but the Senate ultimately cleared him of the charge of inciting the attack.