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WATCH: January 6th Committee Lays Out How Trump Tweets Mobilized Extremists

WATCH: January 6th Committee Lays Out How Trump Tweets Mobilized Extremists

In December of 2020, after Donald Trump had lost his bid for re-election and just weeks before Congress would meet to confirm the electoral vote, finalizing the election and officially establishing Joe Biden as President-Elect of the United States, the then-president tweeted out a call to his supporters to come to D.C. to protest during that meeting. He assured them the event would “be wild.” In their 7th public hearing, the January 6th Committee laid out exactly how his followers took that.

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 12: Messages on Twitter appear on a video screen above members of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol during the seventh hearing on the January 6th investigation in the Cannon House Office Building on July 12, 2022 in Washington, DC. The bipartisan committee, which has been gathering evidence for almost a year related to the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol, is presenting its findings in a series of televised hearings. On January 6, 2021, supporters of former President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol Building during an attempt to disrupt a congressional vote to confirm the electoral college win for President Joe Biden. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

First, the shared this compilation of right-wing influencers interpreting Trump’s “be wild” tweet for their audiences, telling them that this is “now or never,” calling for a “red wedding” — a reference to a massacre event in the Game of Thrones series — and predicting “a million-plus geeked-up armed Americans” showing up.

Trump supporters shared similar views on more mainstream platforms, such as Twitter. Representative Jamie Raskin shared some of their tweets.

Twitter users agreed that Trump wanted his fans to “come armed” and ready to “volunteer for the firing squad.”

Other posts called for violent revolution explicitly, threatening to kill police — “cops don’t have standing if they’re laying on the ground in a pool of their own blood.”

Still more called for supplies including zip ties, handcuffs, and improvised weapons, as well as suggesting that anyone who wanted to be a part of the action should find a local Proud Boys chapter to join. Several prominent Proud Boys members have since been charged with seditious conspiracy for their roles on January 6th.

Defendants have insisted in their defense that they came to the Capitol on January 6th because they believed Donald Trump was inviting them to do so, and the evidence presented by the Committee on Tuesday links this all back to Trump’s December “be wild” tweet.

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