CNN Anchor In Disbelief Over Republican’s Comment

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( – During a recent CNN interview, anchor Boris Sanchez challenged Rep. Dan Meuser (R-Pa.) after the congressman defended former President Trump’s statement that he would pardon individuals convicted of offenses related to the January 6 Capitol attack.

Meuser referred to the events of January 6 as an “ugly day” and seemed to understate the possibility of Trump pardoning violent offenders. He expressed a belief that Trump would condemn the violence, aligning with public sentiment.

However, Sanchez pressed Meuser, pointing out that Trump had discussed pardoning those involved, including individuals who had inflicted harm on Capitol police and others. “Well, he’s talked about pardoning those folks you were talking about being violent and that hurt a lot of Capitol police officers and other people as well,” Sanchez countered.

Attempting to clarify, Meuser differentiated between violent rioters and those he termed as non-violent “trespassers,” though this distinction was not evident in Trump’s public declarations, where he often referred to the rioters as “political prisoners.”

Sanchez highlighted a contradiction, noting, “You’re saying that these folks deserve to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, yet the former president is talking about pardoning the same people that attacked you and your colleagues.”

Meuser tried to shift the conversation to the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests and the perceived discrepancies in legal repercussions, which he attributed to political bias. This prompted Sanchez to question the relevance of President Biden to the discussion.

As the interview neared its end, Sanchez reiterated the core issue: Trump’s intention to pardon individuals involved in the January 6 violence, challenging Meuser’s portrayal of the rioters as merely misguided.

Trump’s pledge to pardon the January 6 rioters, whom he labeled as “patriots” and “political prisoners,” has faced criticism across the political spectrum. According to the Justice Department, nearly 1,500 individuals have been arrested in connection with the riot, with over 500 charged with assaulting law enforcement officers.

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