Trump rally highlighting alleged Nazi sympathizers on January 6 draws criticism

“When President Biden warned that there are some semi-fascist elements in this extreme group, perhaps he didn’t need to use ‘half-fascist’. About ‘MAGA Republicans’.”

In late August, Mr. Biden denounced and labeled Republicans for sticking to the tenets of his predecessor. “Semi-fascism”.

The speaker at Trump’s Pennsylvania rally was Cynthia Hughes, leader of a support group for Jan. 6 defendants like Timothy Hale Kusanelli.

While hundreds of other Capitol riot defendants are cited as examples, Trump’s decision to use a speaker to highlight such an incident comes as a sharp call from Lofgren, also a member of the House Judiciary Committee. Prompted response: “Being a supporter of Adolf Hitler puts you in the fascist category. Not even half about it. I find this embarrassing.”

Signaling support for the Capitol mob was just one example of how Trump used the first rally since the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago to pander to his base. called “enemies of the state” Biden, the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the Pennsylvania senator and gubernatorial candidate he was in Wilkesvare for his campaign. it happened a few days after i said Consider a full pardon ‘very, very seriously’ For the Capitol mob if he runs for office in 2024 and wins.
At Saturday’s rally, Hughes made the fact that Hale Kusanelli, whom she called her nephew, had been in prison since his arrest nearly two years earlier, more broadly than the defendants faced on Jan. 6. Case. While it is true that Halle Xanelli has not been charged with a violent crime, the judge in his case ruled: he should stay in jail He threatened the public and was awaiting trial due to the possibility of “escalation of violence” from his longstanding neo-Nazi beliefs.

At a court hearing nearly two months after Hale Kusanelli’s January 2021 arrest, U.S. Judge Trevor McFadden said, “A statement since January 6 that suggests the defendant is looking forward to civil war I am very concerned about

At a hearing in March 2021, Trump’s presidential nominee McFadden said, “All judges are afraid to release someone and go insane.” There are many things.”

Prosecutors brought up police reports from 2020 in which Jews accused Halle Kusanelli of harassment. They said they feared he would track down an informant who provided the FBI with information useful in their case. were afraid to confront him about his racist and sexist comments, they said.

During his trial in May, prosecutors played a video of Hale Kusanelli yelling sexist slurs at a female police officer during a riot, played audio, and showed text messages from the defendant. He expressed anti-Semitic views, accused the Jews of controlling Biden, and said he wanted a civil war.

Hale Kusanelli, who claimed he had no knowledge of Congress meeting in the United States Capitol, denied being a member of a white supremacist group. He testified that he was half Jewish and half Puerto Rican, and that his racist slurs were always intended to be “sarcastic” and “self-deprecating humor.”

A jury found him guilty on all counts earlier this year, and a sentencing is expected later this month.

He is the fifth January 6 mobster to be convicted by a jury in Washington, DC, and faces up to 20 years in prison for felony obstruction of official proceedings. However, the final verdict could be much lower.

Marshall Cohen contributed to this report.


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