TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis joined Eric Bolling’s The Balance on Newsmax last night where he pledged to offer “pardons and commutations” for January 6 protestors who have been receiving lengthy prison sentences.
“There are some examples of people that should not have been prosecuted,” DeSantis said. “They just walked into the Capitol. If they were BLM [Black Lives Matter] they would not have been prosecuted.”
DeSantis’ comments come after Enrique Tarrio, former leader of the Proud Boys, received the longest prison sentence of anyone allegedly connected to January 6.
The Justice Department labeled Tarrio the ringleader of a plot to overthrow the government. He was sentenced to 22 years after being found guilty of seditious conspiracy. Tarrio was not even in Washington D.C. on January 6.
DeSantis continued by blasting the narrative that the protestors who entered the Capitol were domestic terrorists.
“Then there’s other examples of people that probably did commit misconduct, they may have been violent, but to say it’s an act of terrorism when it’s basically a protest that devolved into a riot, to do excessive sentences, you can look at maybe they were guilty, but 22 years if other people who did other things got six months,” DeSantis said. “I think we need a single standard of justice and we’ll use pardons and commutations as appropriate to ensure that everyone is treated equally. And we know that a lot of people at the BLM riots did not get prosecuted at all.”
DeSantis’ has previously rejected the idea that January 6 was an “insurrection.”
On the campaign trail in Utah earlier this summer, DeSantis said he would understand if an individual or a group were truly seditious, but maintained that “to say that they were seditionists is just wrong.”