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- Donald Trump hugged and praised a woman convicted for defying police during the January 6 Capitol riots.
- During a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Trump said the woman had “been through too much” and told her to “hang in there.”
- Trump has consistently supported people charged with crimes for their roles in the Capitol riot.
Former President Donald Trump hugged and reassured a QAnon supporter who had been convicted of defying police orders during the January 6 Capitol riot, the Washington Post reported.
During a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Thursday, Trump stopped by a famous diner, where Micki Larson-Olson — who was found guilty of resisting officers at the Capitol on Jan. 6 — approached him. Larson-Olsen is a member of Negative 48, a spinoff group of the QAnon movement, according to the Post.
“President Trump, will you please sign my Trump backpack that I carried up to Jan. 6?” She asked, according to the Post. “I went to jail for 161 days for Jan. 6. I’m an Iraq War veteran.”
Trump replied, “Patriots, I hear the woman.” He then embraced her, took photos with her, and gave her the pen he used to sign her backpack.
“Listen, you just hang in there,” Trump told the woman, according to the Post. “You’ve been through too much. You’re going to wind up being happy.”
Trump has offered his support for anyone convicted in the Capitol riot, even promising to pardon them if he’s re-elected to the presidency in 2024. Trump released a song called “Justice for All” last month with a group of January 6 rioters now serving jail time who call themselves the “J6 Prison Choir.”
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
In an interview with the Post after her run-in with Trump, Larson-Olsen explained her actions on Jan. 6.
“It was the most patriotic day of my life,” she said. “I refused to walk down from the stairs … because I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and those politicians are domestic enemies to our republic.”