DNC Statement on Proud Boy Convictions

In response to the convictions of four members of the Proud Boys of seditious conspiracy for orchestrating a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, DNC National Press Secretary and Rapid Response Director Ammar Moussa released the following statement:

“Donald Trump told the Proud Boys to ‘stand back and stand by’ — and on January 6, they attacked police officers and tried to violently overturn the results of the 2020 election. Not only does Trump continue to deny the results of the election and undermine our democracy, but he also actively praises those who attacked the Capitol that day and prominently features them at his rallies. And what is the GOP’s response? To overwhelmingly endorse Donald Trump. That says everything you need to know about the MAGA Republican Party.”

Donald Trump has had no problem cozying up to dangerous criminals jailed after assaulting police officers who were defending the Capitol during the January 6 insurrection. He gave them a national platform by lending his voice to a song they recorded from jail AND playing the track prominently as the kick-off to his first campaign rally. 

Washington Post: “The former president is now embracing their cause, lending his voice to a recording of the ‘J6 Prison Choir’ and playing it to start the first rally of his 2024 presidential campaign. The song, ‘Justice for All,’ features Trump reciting the Pledge of Allegiance mixed with a rendition of the national anthem.”

Let’s be clear about who Trump is going to great lengths to defend: violent and dangerous criminals who assaulted law enforcement for defending our seat of democracy.

Washington Post: “Using physical characteristics and interviews with family members, supporters and attorneys, The Washington Post identified five of the roughly 15 men who are featured in the video. Four of them were charged with assaulting police, using weapons such as a crowbar, sticks and chemical spray, including against Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who died the next day.”

“Kenneth Sicknick, the brother of the deceased officer, told The Post he was ‘disgusted’ by Trump’s glorification of the prisoners. ‘The rallying cry is that no police officer died on Jan. 6, and they leave out inconvenient things like my brother’s first stroke happened on Jan. 6, and he was put on life support and died the following day,’ he said. ‘And they do that over and over and over again.’”