“We have multiple paths. We control them all.”
Those eight words were texted to Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, from his oldest son, Donald Trump, Junior, on November 5, 2021 as the votes from the 2020 Presidential election were still being tallied. The text, which is among records obtained by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol attacks, reveals the depths of the planning coming from Team Trump. The texts between Trump Jr and Meadows, which were first revealed late last week by CNN, include detailed ideas for keeping his father in power by subverting the Electoral College process.
While Trump Jr. was publicly pushing various voter fraud conspiracy theories and generally casting doubt about the results in states like Pennsylvania and Georgia, his text to Meadows reveals there were other ideas being discussed privately. Immediately before his text to Meadows describing multiple paths for challenging the election, Trump Jr. texted Meadows the following: “This is what we need to do please read it and please get it to everyone that needs to see it because I’m not sure we’re doing it.”
Newly revealed text messages show Donald Trump Jr. reached out to Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows with a plot to steal the election, according to reporting by CNN. @AriMelber and @JoyceWhiteVance discuss: https://t.co/USDHOtpjlr
— The Beat with Ari Melber on MSNBC 📺 (@TheBeatWithAri) April 11, 2022
The November 5 text message then outlines a strategy that is nearly identical to what allies of the former President attempted to carry out in the months that followed. Trump Jr. makes specific reference to filing lawsuits and advocating recounts to prevent certain swing states from certifying their results, as well as having a handful of Republican state houses put forward slates of fake “Trump electors.”
“It feels like it could be a smoking gun. The election result hasn't been called yet but Donald Trump is already acting on the assumption that his father is going to lose the election.” @JoyceWhiteVance on the newly revealed texts from Donald Trump Jr. to Mark Meadows #SundayShow pic.twitter.com/AQQAyyxd12
— The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart (@TheSundayShow) April 10, 2022
“It's very simple," Trump Jr. texted to Meadows on November 5, adding later in the same missive: "We have multiple paths We control them all."
Scrump was def high on coke when he sent that text to WH COS about interfering in election but tell us more about Hunter Biden. @GOP
— NoelCaslerComedy (@caslernoel) April 8, 2022