Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced he would hold a “January 6 press conference” from his resort town of Mar-a-Lago in Florida, a year after his failed coup attempt, when thousands fascist supporters attacked the United States Capitol.
Trump reiterated his false claims that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged.” He told his supporters and other Republican politicians: “Remember, the uprising took place on November 3, it was the completely unarmed demonstration of the rigged elections that took place on January 6”.
In fact, Trump lost the election with over 7 million votes and 306-232 in the Electoral College.
This isn’t the first time Trump has called the election a true “insurgency,” a statement that puts 81 million Americans, who voted for his Democratic opponent Joe Biden, in the position of a rebellious outlaw. against the sovereign of the country. If the election was indeed an insurgency, Trump probably would have been right to mobilize the military to crush it – and he actually made an effort to do so.
In addition, the crowd was not “completely disarmed” on January 6. While militia members and Trump supporters did not show up with guns – they had to go through metal detectors to enter the Ellipse, near the White House – the crowds who took storming the Capitol. was still armed with a plethora of deadly weapons, including knives, axes, batons, tasers, poles, and stolen police equipment like shields and metal bicycle racks. More than 140 police officers were injured in the attack, and in August the Capitol Police Department announced that four police officers who responded to the attack had died by suicide.
Additionally, federal prosecutors last month indicted Mark Mazza, 56, of Indiana, with five federal crimes, including bringing a loaded gun onto the U.S. Capitol grounds and assaulting police officers with a baton during the January 6 attack. According to court documents, Mazza lost his weapon, a Taurus revolver, which was loaded with two shotgun cartridges and three hollow point bullets, as he battled police on the West Front Terrace of the Capitol.
Mazza may not have been identified if he had not filed a false police report two days after the attempted coup, claiming his gun was stolen from his car during a trip to Ohio Jan. 5. In an interview in March with two Capitol Hill police investigators, Mazza admitted that he attended the “Stop the Steal” rally outside the White House before walking to the Capitol.
In the same interview, Mazza apparently lamented that he did not have the opportunity to assassinate House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “I thought Nan and I would be fine if we got through this,” Mazza told investigators. “I never had the opportunity to speak to Pelosi.
“I was glad I didn’t, because you would be here for another reason and I told my kids if they show up, I surrender, no they can, because I could become a hero. ” Mazza reportedly told investigators.
In addition to Mazza, at least five other people were accused of carrying firearms on the Capitol grounds on January 6, including a former employee of the Drug Enforcement Agency. In November, Lonnie Coffman, 71, of Alabama, pleaded guilty to bringing five loaded guns and 11 Molotov cocktails in his truck to the Capitol. Coffman brought a rifle, shotgun, two 9mm pistols, and a .22 caliber pistol, all loaded, to Washington DC on January 6.
During his statement, Trump targeted the few “weak Republicans RINOs” [Republicans In Name Only]Who refused to pursue fictitious “forensic checks”. Citing Detroit, Michigan, where Biden actually received fewer votes than Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, Trump asserted that the vote “the numbers are horribly corrupt in Detroit” but that “the Republican RINOs in the House and in the Michigan Senate do not want to touch the object. “
Tuesday in front of the Lansing Capitol, a few dozen Trump supporters, including one rifle The self-proclaimed “Michigan 3%” has rallied around a so-called “forensic audit”.
Trump also attacked the January 6 House select committee investigating the attack on Capitol Hill, complaining that the “unselected committee on highly partisan political hacks” refused to investigate the “cause of the protests in the United States. January 6, which was the rigged presidential election of 2020. “
This is not the first time Trump has called the select committee the “unselected committee” and claims that the “real insurgency” happened on election day 2020. In a similar statement in October following the ruling of the select committee to quote Trump’s fascist adviser Steve. Bannon for criminal contempt of Congress, Trump issued a statement which read: “The unselected committee of partisan Democrats, and two very weak and pathetic RINOs, should come to the conclusion after spending several million dollars, that the real insurgency has took place on November 3. , the presidential election, not January 6, which was a day of protest against the false election results. “
Likewise, in a previous interview in December with Laura Ingraham of Fox News, Trump said January 6 “was a protest. The uprising took place on November 3, election day. It was a demonstration and many innocent people are injured. Many innocent people are injured.
In the same interview, Trump claimed he had “nothing to hide” from the select committee and that he “was not involved” in the attack on Capitol Hill, adding: “if you look at my words and this that I said in the speech, they were extremely calming, actually.
In Trump’s “extremely soothing” speech on January 6 to the crowd outside the White House, he told his supporters, “You will never take back our country with weakness.” You have to show strength and you have to be strong.
Openly inciting them to violence, he added: “We are fighting like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you won’t have a country. “
Republican Representative Scott Perry of Pennsylvania joined Trump in rejecting the legitimacy of the select committee on Tuesday. A member of the far-right House Freedom Caucus, Perry announced on Twitter that he would not appear before the committee for a voluntary interview.
“I have enormous respect for our Constitution, the rule of law and the Americans I represent who know this entity is illegitimate and not properly incorporated under the rules of the United States House of Representatives,” Perry wrote on Twitter.
“I decline the request of this entity and will continue to fight against the failures of the radical left which desperately seeks to distract itself from its abject failures of crushing inflation, a humiliating surrender in Afghanistan and the horrific crisis they have created on our border.
In response, a spokesperson for a select committee said, “Representative Perry has information directly relevant to our investigation. While he says he respects the Constitution and the rule of law, he fails to note that several federal courts, acting in accordance with Article 3 of our Constitution, have already rejected the former president’s claims that the committee does not have an appropriate legislative objective.
Perry was the lawmaker who led efforts to install former Justice Department attorney Jeffrey Clark as acting attorney general, in place of acting attorney general Jeffery Rosen, who refused to arm the ministry with Justice to advance Trump’s fraudulent election claims. The select committee has text messages, provided by former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, proving that Clark communicated directly with the already subpoenaed Meadows.
As Trump rages and ravings, Congressional Democrats and President Biden continue their policy of ignoring or downplaying the increasingly open calls for fascist violence from the Republican Party.
Speaker Pelosi announced Monday that her office is planning a “prayer vigil” and a discussion among historians ahead of the coup’s first anniversary.
In an email signaled by The hill, said Pelosi, “although the House is not sitting that week, a number of MPs have expressed interest in participating in the commemoration activities.”
These “activities” will provide “an opportunity for Members to share their experiences and thoughts from that day; and a prayer vigil in the evening. Pelosi said the “solemn celebration” would be broadcast live, unlike several of the select committee hearings which were held behind closed doors.
That Trump can continue to incite and cultivate a fascist movement based on the premise that the 2020 presidential election was illegitimate and that Biden is a usurper is entirely the Democratic Party’s fault, which has yet to hold any of the leaders to account. , starting with Trump, for the attempted coup.