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Before Trump’s Insurrection Rally, Kayleigh McEnany Says, “Everyone Expected Peace”

Even before the election, Donald Trump hinted that he wouldn’t allow a peaceful transfer of power if he lost. Despite that, Kayleigh McEnany says that before he held the rally in which he encouraged his fans to fight to keep him in office, everyone expected peace, and that she felt shock and disbelief at the attack.

Kayleigh McEnany expected peace at Capitol riots
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In September, Donald Trump let the public know exactly what he had in mind. He said that there wouldn’t be a transfer, but a continuation, suggesting that the necessary step was to “get rid of the ballots.

“Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful – there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation.”

When he lost, he began the work of lying to his base, as well as inviting them to the Capitol to pressure Congress to override the election. He told them that they were being robbed, and suggested they shouldn’t allow this to happen to them (and him). Sure enough, he also is currently under criminal investigation for pressuring the Georgia Attorney General to alter the results.

Despite this, McEnany says that she — and an unspecified “everyone” — was expecting “peace.” Watch the clip below.

“At the beginning of the day, before everyone went to the rally, everyone was expecting peace,” McEnany says.

At that rally, Trump told his supporters to “fight much harder,” and Rudy Giuliani called for “trial by combat.” After listening to them, and others on behalf of Trump, speak, many attendees marched to the Capitol building, as Trump told them to do. There, a mob formed, pushing past barriers and entering the building in a deadly attempted insurrection.



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