After propagating lies of a rigged election, former President Donald Trump tweeted in late December after losing the election to Joe Biden, “Statistically impossible to have lost the 2020 Election. Big protest in DC on Jan. 6. Be there, will be wild!” During his Jan. 6 speech, Trump said, “We fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.” At one point as he aired his grievances, the crowd chanted, “Fight for Trump,” and the former President said, “Thank you.” Trump mentioned various forms of the word “fight” approximately 23 times during his speech as he whipped the crowd into a frenzy.
Trump then told the crowd to march to the Capitol, where there was supposed to be a peaceful transfer of power as they certified the Electoral College votes. “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,” he said before promising to march with them. He, of course, failed to march with his supporters, and instead, Trump left the area by car.
“We will never give up; we will never concede,” Trump said, then called Democratic victories the product of what he called “explosions of bullshit.”
“Bullshit! Bullshit! Bullshit!” people chanted in response.
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During his second impeachment trial for inciting the deadly riots, his lawyers pointed to Trump telling the mob to march “peacefully and patriotically” in his defense. Trump was impeached. And now, his daughter-in-law is trying to use that same defense to say that Trump “did not orchestrate” the events that unfolded on Jan. 6.
“He didn’t tell people to go to the Capitol and break in,” she said. “He said to peacefully and patriotically make our voices heard.” Then she falsely declared, “But he tried to warn them. So many people tried to warn Nancy Pelosi. Why didn’t they have the adequate security there?”
Trump tried to warn everyone about January 6th?
Well, shit. I guess we must have missed the warning calls coming from their burner phones.
— Gabe Sanchez (@iamgabesanchez) December 16, 2021
Lara Trump, on Jan. 6, told the crowd two months after the election, “This fight has only just begun,” adding, “We are going to take our country back!”
The “fight” was over after Trump lost to Joe Biden in the popular and electoral votes. The election took place over a year ago, and the twice-impeached one-term President is still trying to overturn the election results. If Trump didn’t want the violence to unfold that we all witnessed, why did it take him 187 minutes before he told his people to back off? Why was the former chief of staff Mark Meadows fielding desperate messages from Donald Trump Jr., GOP lawmakers, and the leading pundits at Fox News — including Sean Hannity — urging Meadows to convince Trump to tell his supporters to end the Capitol attack and go home? She’s gaslighting again.
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