Are Trump’s supporters standing back and ready again?

B. Jay Cooper
2 min readFeb 3, 2022

Former President Donald Trump is beginning to hold rallies and conduct interviews with right-wing media, getting attention primarily with his base.

In those rallies and interviews, he is calling for pardons for those arrested in the Jan. 6 violence to stop the electoral vote. He is calling for protests in the streets if the various prosecutors investigating him and his businesses are found to be doing “anything illegal.”

I’m not sure what the former president is referring to when he says “illegal” in that context. I’m guessing he that means whatever he deems to be illegal but there also is proprietorial misconduct that occurs when a prosecutor intentionally breaks a law or a code of professional ethics while prosecuting a case. Trump could claim almost anything under that rubric to be “illegal.”

About the arrested rioters, he claims they have been “treated unfairly” and nothing has been done about the “other side.” For the record the more than 700 arrested have been charged with crimes ranging from possessing weapons or committing violence to seditious conspiracy and conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding.

Trump didn’t identify who the “other side” is but he could mean Antifa, he could mean the cops — who were fighting the rioters and could be the “other side” — or he could be referring to that unidentified “they” that in the world of some in the extreme right could mean anyone who opposes his people. “They,” of course, have been the…

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B. Jay Cooper

Former deputy White House press secretary (Reagan and Bush 41) and former head of communications at Republican Natl Committee. My blog: bjaycooper.com.