When Donald Trump plunged into the 2024 presidential race last week at his Mar-a-Lago club, he was surrounded by sidekicks, superfans and self-described sycophants. Among them was another subset of Trump world figures who look poised to help form the coalition behind his third presidential bid: those sympathetic to or even a part of the riot on the Capitol on January 6.
The inclusion of those who were in Washington on Jan. 6 at his Mar-a-Lago event underscores how closely linked he remains to the melee that unfolded that day. Rather than isolating and ostracizing Jan. 6 figures, Trump’s team has kept them in the fold, even promising pardons for those who were there.
Asked for comment, Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung said discussion of Jan. 6 attendees being at Mar-a-Lago was a distraction “from the abject failure of Joe Biden and his administration.”
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New, w/ @dlippman: Several MAGA personalities and Trump world figures with ties to the Jan. 6 rally and Capitol storming were fixtures at the launch of his 2024 campaign at Mar-a-Lago
— Christopher Cadelago (@ccadelago) November 22, 2022