Following the CPAC speech in which he renewed his Big Lie about winning the election, Donald Trump was not done making public statements. He called his one-time favorite news network to keep talking — and even after his insurrection rally turned deadly, he’s still bragging about the size of it.
In an interview with Fox News, Trump argued about the facts and reporting regarding the insurrection attempt. He denied that he watched live, instead insisting that despite being President of the United States, he didn’t learn of the attack until later. He started to blame Nancy Pelosi, then quickly pivoted to brag about how many people showed up.
Trump called in to Fox News after his CPAC speech and was asked by Steve Hilton about his response to the January 6 insurrection. He tried to shift blame to Pelosi before resorting to Black Lives Matter whataboutism. pic.twitter.com/5tjXcs12hF
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“That rally was massive. I mean, the press doesn’t like to talk about it, but the real number was much much bigger in terms of the people that were at the location. It went all the way back practically to the Washington Monument. It was tremendous numbers of people.”
Apparently considering the optics, Trump tosses out a disclaimer. “Not the Capitol. I’m talking about the rally itself.”
Trump closed his speech that day by telling the people at the rally that they were to march to the Capitol building. USA Today has collected a searchable list of the 257 people arrested so far. Several of their own statements and descriptions of their actions on that day specifically refer to leaving the rally to walk to the Capitol.
In fact, some even sought pardons before Trump left office, saying they were acting on his call.
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