It’s been nearly a year since a crowd showed up in Washington, D.C. to attend rallies and protests centered around the notion that Donald Trump actually won the 2020 election and that his win was somehow “stolen” by Joe Biden, whether through machines set up to cheat, or fake ballots, or any of a variety of other conspiracies that have never been supported by evidence. The events turned violent, however, when some of the attendees breached the barriers around the U.S. Capitol Building, where legislators were beginning the process of certifying the electoral votes. Now Trump is planning an anniversary event.
Republicans have claimed that the events of January 6th, which forced Congress to be evacuated to a safe, undisclosed location while attackers threatened their lives, were actually carried out by ‘antifa’ or incited by the FBI in order to make Trump look bad — although, again, they’ve never offered evidence supporting these claims. Despite that, Trump has boasted of the crowd size that day, and even asserted that it was a completely legitimate protest of the “real insurrection” — as he’s begun referring to the election that he lost.
Now he’s announced a new event — he’s describing it as a news conference — to take place on the anniversary of the deadly attack.
“I will be having a news conference on January 6th at Mar-a-Lago to discuss all of these points and more. Until then, remember, the insurrection took place on November 3rd, it was the completely unarmed protest of the rigged election that took place on January 6th.”
The charges against participants belie Trump’s claim that the attack was “completely unarmed” — aside from the firearms charges that some of the accused are facing, others were documented to have, and use, other weapons, including a fire extinguisher with which a police officer was beaten, and bear mace.
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