Republicans distance themselves from Trump’s Jan. 6 ‘hostages’ description

Former President Donald Trump faced pushback on Sunday from some of his fellow Republicans for calling the Jan. 6 rioters being held in prison “patriots” and “hostages” over the weekend.

Trump opened his campaign rally for GOP Senate hopeful Bernie Moreno on Saturday by playing a recording of the national anthem sung by the Jan. 6 choir, a group of Capitol rioters currently serving time in a Washington D.C.-based prison. The former president went on to describe those singing as “unbelievable patriots.”

“You see the spirit from the hostages. And that’s what they are — hostages,” Trump said at his Dayton, Ohio, rally.

Republicans were pressed on the comments while appearing on Sunday shows the next morning, and a number were quick to distance themselves from Trump’s remarks. 

“It’s very unfortunate in a time when there
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