Donald Trump Salutes Jan. 6 ‘Hostages’ In Ohio Rally

In yet another bold and courageous statement, former President Donald Trump opened his rally in Dayton, Ohio, on Saturday with a salute to those in jail for their participation in the Jan. 6 protests.

As the national anthem played in the background, a voice over the loudspeakers asked everyone to stand and salute the “hostages.”

“You see the spirit from the hostages, and that’s what they are: hostages,” said Trump. “They’ve been treated terribly and very unfairly. And you know that and everybody knows that.”

Trump followed up by promising to work to free them starting on his first day in office.

In reaction to the comments, and highlighting exactly why the Republican base has rejected him and his defunct presidential campaign, former Vice President Mike Pence again shied away from controversy on a Sunday interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation” by saying what the talking heads of the leftist media all want him to say — that calling those in jail for the Jan. 6 protest “hostages” is unacceptable.

“I think it’s very unfortunate. At a time when there are American hostages being held in Gaza, that the president or any other leaders would refer to people that are moving through our justice system as hostages,” Pence said.

Clearly, Pence’s angle is to hope for a Trump loss and then try to salvage his political career with the powers that be in Biden’s America.

Even Newsmax, a conservative news outlet, framed Trump’s comments with a leftist, virtue signaling frown, calling the remarks “a new wrinkle” in the former president’s campaign.

Judging by the cheers from his rallies, Trump’s base doesn’t seem to agree.

The arrests made for the Jan. 6 protests have been extremely controversial, as many have been arrested and held for long periods without charges of violence, and the penalties they would normally be given would likely be much less than the time they have already served. While many assume the Democrat-controlled government wants to make an example out of conservative protesters, the due process of the law has been grieved.

As Donald Trump continues his third presidential campaign, it is obvious he still is a lightning rod for taboo issues like the Jan. 6 protests. Donald Trump’s way with words is a completely intentional tactic to spotlight the issue at hand as leftists react in outrage and thereby draw even more attention to it. Whether it be calling news networks “fake news” or people in jail “hostages,” he knows how to trigger political foes in his favor, and so far, it seems to be working.