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Former Aide Says Trump Didn’t Want to Tweet ‘Stay Peaceful’ On Jan 6th

Former Aide Says Trump Didn’t Want to Tweet ‘Stay Peaceful’ On Jan 6th

As the violent mob stormed the Capitol on January 6th and sent lawmakers from both sides of the aisle scrambling for their lives, Donald Trump tweeted at 2:38 p.m. ET: “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!” The tweet came 20 minutes after Trump supporters were smashing through windows and evacuations of lawmakers had begun.
But a new report from CNN reveals that a former White House official said Trump initially refused to tweet the words “stay peaceful” as the attack was escalating.
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The former official, who spoke anonymously, said they were working in the West Wing and were close to White House messaging during the insurrection. They said Trump did not want to include the words “stay peaceful” and was “very reluctant to put out anything when it was unfolding.” Trump was “letting it play out,” the official said of the violence at the Capitol. Other reports indicate that Trump was “gleefully” watching the riot unfold live on TV while enjoying his lunch in the Presidential Dining Room.

The former staffer’s account that Trump was resisting the “stay peaceful” portion of the tweet is in direct opposition to the excuses given by Trump allies that the then-President was urging his supporters to avoid violent acts in their protest of the January 6th certification of Joe Biden’s victory. Trump’s reluctance to issue a forceful message was an indication he understood the impact that his Twitter account had on his supporters, the ex-aide told CNN.

The former official also relayed the account to the House Select Committee investigating January 6th, and says congressional investigators are requesting specific information from Trump staffers who are cooperating with the probe. Aides are being asked about the days leading up to the insurrection at the Capitol, conversations among key officials, and minute-by-minute details about what was happening behind closed doors at the White House, the ex-official added.

The former official, who declined to be named out of fear of retaliation, described January 6th as “one of the darkest days in our nation’s history.”

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