Former President Donald Trump opened his Houston rally on Thursday by boasting about the success of the single ‘Justice for All,’ his collaboration with a group of men imprisoned for their role in the January 6 Capitol attack.
The ex-president came onstage and saluted the flag as the J6 Prison Choir’s song played – it’s a mash-up of the Star-Spangled Banner and a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, with the ‘beautiful words,’ as he put it, performed by Trump.
Trump said he dubbed the group the ‘J6 hostages,’ calling what happened to the men ‘a shame.’
‘And when that came out it went to the No. 1 song,’ Trump bragged. ‘It was beating everybody, it beat Taylor Swift, it beat Miley Cyrus, who was No. 1 and 2, they were No. 1 and 2, we knocked them off for a long time. That song was out there for a long time.’
Justice for All topped Billboard’s digital song sales chart for one week in March, meaning that it was the most downloaded for purchase song.
Former President Donald Trump opened his Houston rally on Thursday by boasting about the success of the single ‘Justice for All,’ his collaboration with a group of men imprisoned for their role in the January 6 Capitol attack
Trump bragged that the single topped the charts ahead of famous pop acts Miley Cyrus (left) and Taylor Swift (right)
In conjunction with that, it topped iTunes’ music charts for a weekend in March – beating out Cyrus’ song Flowers.
However, Billboard noted that it was far behind the No. 1 most-streamed song, Morgan Wallen’s Last Night.
Wallen’s hit drew 38.9 million streams, while Justice for All was streamed 442,000 times.
And Cyrus remained out front in Billboard’s radio songs survey.
At the rally, Trump over-hyped the song’s staying power.
‘It was the No. 1 record or song – that was for months – so I just want to tell you about it and I thought this might be an appropriate place,’ he told the crowd. ‘It’s certainly an appropriate state, I love Texas, it’s big and strong and the people are big and strong too.’
He said he planned to play it ‘a couple of times more’ as he campaigns for president again.
The album cover for the J6 Prison Choir’s song Justice for All, in which Trump recites the Pledge of Allegiance while the group sings the Star-Spangled Banner
Instead of distancing himself from the violent January 6 riot, Trump has doubled down on his support of those in legal trouble for participating in the attack.
He talked of the J6 Prison Choir’s ‘spirit.’
Funds from the single are going toward their defense – unless they’re being charged with assaulting a police officer.
Overall, five deaths are associated with the January 6 Capitol attack and hundreds of police officers were injured.
Trump had assembled supporters at the Ellipse near the White House and then encouraged them to march on the Capitol, where Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress were gathered to certify President Joe Biden’s 2020 election win.
Trump falsely pushed – and continues to push – that there was widespread voter fraud, robbing him of a second term.
He was impeached for a second time for his role in an insurrection – though acquitted by the U.S. Senate – and faces criminal charges as part of Special Counsel Jack Smith’s probe.