Former President Donald Trump listens to speakers at the East Palestine Fire Department as he visits the area in the aftermath of the Norfolk Southern train derailment Feb. 3 in East Palestine, Ohio, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023.InternationalIndiaAfricaMary ManleyAfter telling rioters who stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021 that they were “loved” and “very special,” the former president vowed over a year later to issue pardons to 1/6 defendants if he was reelected. Now, Trump is showing his love for the rioters once again. Former US President Donald Trump triggered a mass raising of eyebrows on Friday with not the publication of a classically Trump-esque statement, but rather with the release of a song that puts the spotlight on Capitol rioters.In the song, called “Justice For All,” Trump can be heard reciting the Pledge of Allegiance as jailed rioters, who call themselves the “J6 Prison Choir” sing the national anthem. The song was made available on streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.Trump’s portion of the song was recorded at his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida, whereas the prisoners recorded their singing via a jailhouse phone. The song was reportedly produced by a “major recording artist” who has remained anonymous.A different recording project had reportedly been discussed, but when Trump heard about the track in progress, he jumped at the opportunity and asked to be directly involved. Kash Patel, a former Pentagon employee and conservative commentator Ed Henry also contributed to working on the song.Funds from the song are reportedly going to an LLC run by Henry to ensure the profits will go to families of those imprisoned on January 6-related charges; however, Henry has said funds will not support those who attacked police officers during the riot. It is unclear how the funds will be dispersed.
The song has spun the heads of netizens, with one Twitter user writing: “Seriously. This is real. A narcissistic who is running to be elected working with the insurgents who tried to overturn the election.”
“The J6 Prison Choir. I really wish I could go back to bed, because wtf,” wrote another.