Hit song featuring Trump and January 6 defendants temporarily pulled by iTunes
Variety magazine reported last week that a song featuring former President Donald Trump and a group of January 6 defendants hit the number one spot on Apple's iTunes.
Yet in a move that should trouble even some of Trump's Republican critics, iTunes abruptly pulled the song.
Song recorded to help families of January 6 defendants
According to Variety, "Justice for All" was recorded by men who were convicted of participating in the January 6 disturbance on Capitol Hill and includes clips of Trump reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Donald J. Trump & #J6PC “ Justice for All” is #1 on iTunes.
President Trump teamed up with imprisoned Jan. 6 defendants earlier this week to release a charity single titled "Justice for All."
The single features 20 men who are held in jail in Washington, D.C., singing the… https://t.co/fRs4ktCXcP pic.twitter.com/zKl85yCatc
— ꪻꫝể ꪻꫝể (@TheThe1776) March 11, 2023
Breitbart stated that the recording sold for $1.29, with all net proceeds going to "certain J6 families in need."
Its production was organized by conservative commentator Ed Henry along with Kash Patel, who served as chief of staff to the acting secretary of Defense under Trump.
Recording was temporarily pulled on Thursday
Breitbart reported that the song held iTunes' top spot for seven consecutive days and managed to outperform recordings by artists like Miley Cyrus and Tim McGraw.
Congratulations to President Trump and the J6 patriots!
His new song, “Justice for All”, which features audio of J6 prisoners singing the National Anthem and is a tribute to the J6 political prisoners, is #1 on iTunes!
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) March 13, 2023
However, iTunes temporarily removed "Justice for All" from its lineup on Thursday before reversing the decision hours later, a move which Patel regarded as being politically motivated.
"It’s no surprise that suppression of free speech and charitable endeavors has now extended to the music entertainment industry and Apple Music," Patel was quoted as telling Breitbart.
Former Trump official: iTunes "would never pull" song about Ukraine
"They have pulled down a song that was number one on their own charts for seven straight days, and the only reason they have is because it’s a miscommunication," he complained.
"If we were raising money for Ukraine, like Brad Paisley did, they would never pull this song," the former Trump administration figure added.
January 6 reentered the headlines earlier this month after Fox News host Tucker Carlson aired Capitol Hill security footage showing that some defendants who received lengthy prison sentences behaved peacefully at the event.
I was told the QAnon shaman was leading an insurrection not the one who is being led by police throughout the capital building. No wonder all the footage was kept from us for 2 years.
As always they lied to us all! pic.twitter.com/nzWWIgryiz
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 7, 2023