Capitol rioter in jail says Trump abandoned supporters by cancelling Jan 6 press conference

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A pro-Trump Capitol rioter who is now in jail for his actions blasted former president Donald Trump for canceling a press conference that was to be held to mark the first anniversary of the January 6 riot. On Tuesday, the former president said that it was canceled. The jailed defendant said that he was “disappointed” by the decision taken by Trump. He also said that he felt that he had been “abandoned.”

Edward Jacob Lang told “The Stew Peters Show” that there should be a “hundred thousand people in DC tomorrow.” In a Wednesday phone interview from jail, the 26-year old also said that that he was “so disappointed with Trump.” He also said that he was disappointed with the American people at large who did not get behind the January 6 political prisoners.

In his interview through a call he also said that he felt like he had been “abandoned” by their political hierarchy, by their leaders and by their president. He asked, “President Trump, where are you?”

The young man, who considers himself to be a political prisoner, while the law might consider him to be a rioter as he was charged with 11 counts, directly addressed Trump and said, “You better do a press conference, man.” He said that they were rotting in jail because they stood up for what “you told us to stand up for.”

As of Wednesday, the Department of Justice has charged more than 730 people for their actions in the Capitol riot of January 6, 2021, About a dozen or more face serious charges. Edward Jacob Lang is one among these. He faces 11 counts including assault of a police officer with a bat and a protective shield. He is currently detained at the Central Detention Facility in Washington, D.C. He is awaiting trial.

On Tuesday, former president Trump abruptly canceled a press conference he was scheduled to hold at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, on January 6. No reason was given but he said that he would hold a rally in Arizona, on January 15. Lang was interviewed on Wednesday.

On Thursday, January 6, President Joe Biden will address the nation. It is expected that he would highlight the specific role that Donald Trump played and could hold him responsible for the insurrection.


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