Donald Trump Is Now Just Bald-Faced Lying About Jan. 6 | EUROtoday
Despite the Jan. 6, 2021, riot on the U.S. Capitol being probably the most well-documented and studied political occasions in recent times, former President Donald Trump remains to be making an attempt to rewrite historical past about that day.
While chatting with the information media Thursday outdoors his Mar-a-Lago membership and residence in Florida, the possible Republican presidential nominee rattled off a formidable variety of lies concerning the lethal riot by Trump supporters in a matter of minutes.
One of essentially the most simply disproved bits of fiction he threw out is that “there were no guns” among the many rioters. In actuality, a number of individuals who stormed the Capitol have been carrying firearms. Rioters have admitted to this in court docket and been given heavy jail sentences.
This is a lie Trump has peddled earlier than, going as far as to name the riot “completely unarmed” regardless of attackers carrying weapons, knives, baseball bats and chemical weapons that day.
Trump used that falsehood Thursday to denounce Capitol cops for taking motion in opposition to the mob.
“So unnecessary, so sad, so horrible,” he stated of the officers who have been defending lawmakers as they met to formally certify the 2020 Electoral College rely two weeks earlier than Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Trump didn’t cease there. He additionally claimed that it was “very shortly after” the riot that he despatched out a recording of a speech from the White House Rose Garden meant to cease the violence. In actuality, it was greater than two hours after the rioters breached the Capitol constructing earlier than Trump launched his remarks telling his followers that they’d “to go home now,” including “We love you. You’re very special.”
According to findings from the House choose committee that investigated the Jan. 6 riot and the plots to overturn the 2020 election, Trump spent these hours watching the violence unfold on TV and ignoring pleas from fellow Republicans and his daughter Ivanka to intervene.
In certainly one of his extra head-scratching claims Thursday, Trump tried to put the blame on one of many rioters’ prime targets.
“I think it was an insurrection caused by Nancy Pelosi,” Trump declared earlier than qualifying it with: “if it was an insurrection.”
This is clearly false. Then-House Speaker Pelosi (R-Calif.) didn’t incite tons of of Trump’s supporters to storm her administrative center, break into her workplace and threaten her life. Footage from that day reveals a rioter strolling via the halls of Congress yelling, “Nancy Pelosi! Where you at, Nancy? Nancy! Where are you, Nancy? We’re looking for you!”
While rioters have been battling cops to interrupt into the Capitol, safety personnel have been eradicating Pelosi from the House chamber and taking her to a safe location for her security. While in hiding, she performed a key position in speaking with different prime authorities officers about securing her colleagues’ security.
Speaking to reporters Thursday, Trump additionally cherry-picked traces from his speech main as much as the riot in an effort to show he didn’t name for violence.
“I said peacefully and patriotically. The speech was called peacefully and patriotically. It’s peacefully and patriotically,” Trump reiterated a number of instances.
He did use that phrase as soon as in his Jan. 6 speech, telling his supporters: “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
But most of Trump’s speech that day struck a unique tone.
“We fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore,” he informed his supporters as he wrapped up his remarks.
“You’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong,” he additionally stated.
Trump’s remarks Thursday got here on the identical day the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments over a Colorado court docket’s choice to declare Trump ineligible to seem on the state’s poll as a result of he’d incited an revolt. The choice cited a clause of the 14th Amendment that claims anybody who took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution however then “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” in opposition to the nation could not maintain state or federal workplace.