Ron DeSantis has aligned with Donald Trump on the potential of pardoning Jan. 6 protestors if he were to become president. Some senators have come out against this action such as Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy. Graham stated that pardons in this case would be inappropriate and Cassidy added:
“If you do the crime, you do the time. You shouldn’t be pardoned for that.”
During in an interview on Thursday, DeSantis was asked a question about the sentences many of the Jan. 6. rioters had received. He responded:
“I will have folks that will get together and look at all these cases, who people are victims of weaponization or political targeting, and we will be aggressive in issuing pardons.”
“Some of these cases, some people may have a technical violation of the law. But if there are three other people who did the same thing, but just in a context like Black Lives Matter, and they don’t get prosecuted at all, that is uneven application of justice,” DeSantis added. “And so we’re going to find ways where that did not happen and then we will use the pardon power, and I will do that at the front end.”
Some will say DeSantis has taken this stance as a way to appeal to Trump voters he will need in the election. But DeSantis has consistently stated he believes the Jan.6 sentences are politically motivated and unjust. Liberal media outlets were quick to pounce of the governors comments and claim that he no different from the former president.