Ron DeSantis floats ‘Day One’ pardons of Jan. 6 defendants, Donald Trump

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'We will use the pardon power and I will do that at the front end.'

Ron DeSantis may be running against Donald Trump for President, but he says he would look at immediately pardoning the former President and the Jan. 6 rioters Trump encouraged if he wins the White House.

Responding to an interview question on “Clay and Buck,” the Florida Governor opened the door to clemency actions on “Day One” surrounding the attempt to halt the certification of the 2020 Presidential Election.

“The Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation have been weaponized. We see that in a variety of contexts,” DeSantis argued.

“And so what I’m going to do is on Day One, I will have folks that will get together and look at all these cases (where) people are victims of weaponization or political targeting and we will be aggressive at issuing pardons.”

He argued that prosecutors have not been pursuing justice equally.

“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.”

The Florida Governor said he would consider these pardons sooner rather than later, should he win the White House.

“A lot of people wait until the end of the administration to issue pardons. We’re going to find examples where government has been weaponized against disfavored groups and we will apply relief as appropriate, but it will be done on a case-by-case basis because I think you’ve got to make sure that there’s a whole bunch of cases that don’t necessarily get headlines,” DeSantis said.

When asked again about Trump specifically, DeSantis said, “Any example of disfavored treatment based on politics or weaponization would be included in that review no matter how small or how big.”

DeSantis has downplayed the importance of the Jan. 6 insurrection since it happened.

“Why are they constantly beating this dead horse?” DeSantis rhetorically asked in June 2022 when asked about congressional investigations, dismissing the events as being “a year and a half ago.”

“This is their Christmas,” he said of the media and Democrats at a January 2022 press conference in West Palm Beach, when asked about the anniversary of the riot.

“It’s not something that I’ve been concerned about in my job, because quite frankly it’s not something that most Floridians are concerned about,” he told reporters.

Describing a “nauseating display of political hypocrisy and grandstanding from Democrats in Congress and in the corporate media,” DeSantis decreed in a subsequent fundraising email that “Jan. 6th is like Christmas for the out-of-touch D.C., New York political and media class.”

While DeSantis won’t describe the Capitol riot as an insurrection, he used the word in a contemporaneous diss of protesters at the Supreme Court.

Florida tops all states in arrests for participation in the Capitol riot, a dubious distinction.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • PeterH

    May 25, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    Not only will DeSantis pardon the January 6th American terrorist….. he will offer them high level, high paying regulator jobs in the Florida Government.

    DeSantis has already awarded one Florida job to a terrorist who invaded the Capital.

  • PeterH

    May 25, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    Sandra Atkinson:She stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. Then Gov. Ron DeSantis made her a state regulator!

    Appointment was approved by Florida Attorney General, Ashley Moody.

  • 🌈 Sappic Casey

    May 25, 2023 at 3:33 pm

    “I will Ashlii Babbitize each J6

    KC DeSaster

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 26, 2023 at 9:12 am

      Has anybody noticed how nobody’s tried another J6 without Trump in the White House? That is because under the current administration, they’d all be shot dead like Ashey Blabbit got shot dead like they all should have got shot dead.

  • Gary Thomas

    May 25, 2023 at 4:20 pm

    And he just lost my vote. Pardon Trump….NOT. Trumps needs to go to jail just like the others did. Desantis is walkng a very thin line on this subject. He will loose if he keeps on this trail. Trumps a jail bird.

  • ScienceBLVR

    May 25, 2023 at 4:59 pm

    This is what he’s doing on Day 1? Pardoning convicted Jan 6th insurrectionists? Well, as long as that is the most important issue in America..whew, that’s a relief…

  • Ed Dot Com 👍

    May 25, 2023 at 5:44 pm

    He will do nothing of the sort because A) He’s not gonna become president… and B) He’s full of sht. No way he pardons 1,000 poop throwing apes.

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 25, 2023 at 7:02 pm

    Dang, Rhonda really is fscking stupid. He just gave all Independents a mandate not to vote for him.

  • Ron Desantis is a Nazi

    May 25, 2023 at 9:27 pm

    Pardon’s for terrorists and insurrectionists?

    GFY Rhonda.

  • GOP Clown Car

    May 26, 2023 at 9:57 am

    Ron forgot about pardoning Mitch McConnell along with Trump
    RONALD desantis
    mitch MC connell
    Trump, DONALD j

  • Trash Panda Rhonda

    May 26, 2023 at 3:35 pm

    Rhonda has no clue that the stupid shit he says, thinking the audience is just a church group or just a sack of MAGA podcast nuts, everybody else now hears about every stupid thing he says. Plus, folks are combing the interwebs to find stupid shit from his past such as his first book which was disappeared due to how bad and embarrassing it was, but you know what? A copy of it got found.

  • Day None

    May 26, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    If Ron brags that Day One shall be pardons for convicted domestic terrorists, Ron will see only Day None.

  • Tjb

    May 26, 2023 at 4:04 pm

    Perhaps our governor should first consider pardons for many of Florida’s incarcerated… those who truly deserve it.

  • Tom Palmer

    May 26, 2023 at 4:16 pm

    If the Capitol Police had fired a few rounds into these jackboots boots, Jan .6 would have been short lived.

  • Michael K

    May 26, 2023 at 4:19 pm

    So much for respecting the rule of law and due process. Then again, this is from “laws are for thee, not me” DeSantis.

  • Josh Green

    May 26, 2023 at 10:52 pm


  • Ocean Joe

    May 27, 2023 at 10:57 am

    Yesterday, a judge sentenced Jessica to 8 years in prison.
    Will Desantis pardon a transexual Proud Boy and which prison will they send Jessica to till then?

  • Six Weeks is Rons Problem?

    May 27, 2023 at 11:29 am

    Given this story, donors are generally worried about Ron DeSantis changing his abortion ban from 15 weeks to 6 weeks? Their priorities in worries over the general election seem a little bit out of whack. General Ron Lee Santis won’t even make it past Trump. General Lee the only hope is for Trump to be in prison and for MAGAs somehow not to take Trump’s imprisonment as a sign from Jesus to vote for Trump. Worrying over sane concerns when your voters are mostly insane. That’s today’s GOP.

  • Ira

    May 27, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    DeSantis is absolutely right- pardons should be given to all people prosecuted for nonviolent political protests on Jan 6. The prosecutions against the demonstrators on Jan 6 were politically motivated. The violent BLM- Antifa rioters and arsonists were given a free pass. The selective prosecutions were wrong and DeSantis is right to fix them day one.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 27, 2023 at 3:38 pm

      Prosecutions can be political, but then there’s trials and the courts seem to disagree with you entirely.
      J6 folks are accumulating in prison, while BLM folks are accumulating huge payouts from police forces that abused them.
      It’s $90 million and counting paid out so far to BLM protesters that were abused by police.
      Not one red cent paid out so far to any J6 folks. NOT ONE CENT. And there’s not gonna be one cent paid to any of them, either. The J6 folks will be paying their probation fees after they get out of prison.
      At least some of that money will funnel in one ear of the government and out the other ear, being paid out as BLM protestor settlements. Enjoy chewing on that, Ira.

  • Ken Paxton

    May 27, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    Ron will you pardon me too?
    Thanks dude!
    Your BFF,
    Ken Paxton of Texas.

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