What was Donald Trump doing on January 6th, 2021, while his supporters carried out an attack on the Capitol Building in an attempt to prevent Congress from carrying out their duty to formalize the electoral vote? Testimony has already placed him in front of a television, viewing the assault as it was carried out. Now his former Press Secretary says he wasn’t just watching, but gleeful, praising the attackers the way that he routinely boasted about his crowd sizes, and rewinding to watch portions of the attack over and over — while it took hours for those around him to convince him to release a statement asking his fans to leave.
It reportedly took three takes to get a video message from Trump suited for publication, because he kept diverging from the script. While we don’t know what he said in the discarded takes that made the message unusable, we’ve witnessed him since praising the size of the crowd that showed up to try to overturn the election in his favor.
According to Stephanie Grisham, formerly the White House Press Secretary, Trump spent the hours of the attack doing much the same.
Former Trump Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham on Trump’s inaction on 1/6:
“All I know about that day was that he was in the dining room gleefully watching on his TV as he often did, 'Look at all of the people fighting for me,' hitting rewind, watching it again.” pic.twitter.com/m7wdXMOqpU
— The Recount (@therecount) January 6, 2022
“He was in the dining room gleefully watching on his TV as he often did, [saying], ‘Look at all the people fighting for me,’ hitting rewind, watching it again.”
Trump has promised an anniversary event in which he would speak about the election fraud that he continues to claim, without evidence, was so rampant that it allowed Biden to ‘steal’ the election, but ultimately he canceled the event.
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