Potential Violence Surrounding Justice for J6

What to Expect and Why?

Gracelyn Perrine, Opinions Editor

Many remember the date January 6th as a day of violence and riot when pro-Trump citizens decided to storm the Capitol. This outrage was in response to Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election, and Trump’s subsequent reaction to call the election results fraudulent, and claim it to have been “stolen” from him. Many of these rioters were put in jail, injured, and some were even killed due to the mass amount of people and the choices that were made such as trespassing, vandalizing, and other harmful acts of violence geared toward the Capitol.This day went down in the books as a day of major controversy. Many of the January 6th rioters have compared this event to the Black Lives Matter protests that took place the summer before, stating that the January 6th rioters were also trying to vocalize their opinions and rage over the election results.  To further this side, former President Trump was proven to incite this violence through tweets and his rhetoric.  Some of his statements varied from calling republicans who don’t fight “weak” to stating, “If they don’t fight, we have to primary the hell out of the ones that don’t fight. You primary them. We’re going to let you know who they are, I can already tell you, frankly”. 

While Mr. Trump did not directly join in on this riot of violence, he protected his followers throughout the chaos. Despite this event happening months ago, pro-Trump citizens are still not satisfied with the outcome of this day, and now want justice for the people that were charged. This is what has led us to “Justice for J6”, a new protest that has been created to advocate for the release of the citizens that were arrested on that day. 

This pro-Trump rally is rumored to pull an estimated 700 people to the Capitol this Saturday, September 18th. Department of Homeland Security officials say that seeking justice for those who were charged in the January 6th riot is all these protesters want. The event has been planned by an organization called Look Ahead America, led by Matt Braynard, a former Trump campaign staffer.  The number of people in attendance is expected to be much smaller than the January 6th riot, that consisted of tens of thousands.  Even still, the U.S Capitol Police confirmed that temporary extra fencing will be erected around the Capitol in the days leading up to the 18th to ensure safety. Many police units urge citizens to stay home, as violence will not be tolerated and protective measures will be implemented. While officials have said there is no current credible information suggesting violence for this Saturday’s rally, the U.S Capitol Police will be ready for whatever comes their way.