Trump releases song with January 6 rioters: Former President collaborates with prisoners on ‘Justice For All’
The track features the former President reciting the Pledge of Allegiance alongside the ‘J6 Prison Choir’.
For the past two years former President Donald Trump has insisted that his followers have been mistreated in the aftermath of the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Now, with a new song available to stream on Apple Music, YouTube and Spotify, Trump is offering his support through song.
Released on Friday, ‘Justice For All’ features speech from Trump alongside a choral performance from 20 inmates known as the J6 Prison Choir. In the song the former President can be heard reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, while the choir performs ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’.
The press release states that profits from the song, on sale for $1.29, will go towards the families of Trump supporters imprisoned for their roles in the Capitol Hill riots of 6 January 2021.
What are the lyrics of Trump’s new song?
The bizarre new track premiered on a podcast hosted by Steve Bannon, who formerly served as Trump’s White House chief strategist and worked on his successful 2016 presidential campaign.
There are no original lyrics in the ‘Justice For All’ but Trump did reportedly record his section specifically for the track, while at Mar-A-Lago.
The song lasts for around two and a half minutes over an ambient backing, ending with a chant of ‘USA! USA! USA’ at the end.
Robert Maguire of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington wrote on Twitter: “I have never been more repulsed by the mere existence of a song than one sung by a president who tried to do a coup and a literal ‘choir’ of insurrectionists who tried to help him.”
Why did Trump release ‘Justice For All’?
Forbes reports that members of the ‘choir’ recorded their parts through the phone in the prisons where they are currently being held. Trump’s musical effort comes at a time when his relevance seems to be waning in national politics and his announcement of a run for 2024 has failed to generate the type of interest that he is accustomed to receiving.
Those in prison are being detained for their links to the attack on the Capitol which saw more than 100 law enforcement officers injured and five people killed. Trump has previously said that he believes those imprisoned for the attack are being treated “very unfairly”.
Last year Trump claimed that he would continue to help his supporters accused of being involved in the riot. At a rally in Washington DC last September he said that he was “financially supporting” some of the defendants and that he would consider pardoning them if he returned to the White House.