Jan. 6 panel: Trump’s call to march on Capitol was planned

Then-President Trump’s call for his supporters to march on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, was planned in advance, and he intended to go with them, evidence presented at Tuesday’s congressional hearing on the uprising showed.

“He fueled her anger. He called them to fight for him. He directed them to the US Capitol. He told them he would join them. And his supporters believed him, and many made their way to the Capitol,” said Representative Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), a member of the House Select Committee. “As a result, people died. people were injured. The lives of many of his supporters have never been the same.”

A Jan. 6 draft tweet obtained by the House Select Committee showed that Trump had written before the riot: “I will be giving a major speech at the Ellipse (south of the White House) on Jan. 6 at 10am. Please arrive early as large crowds are expected. March to the Capitol afterwards. Stop stealing!!”

Trump never sent the tweet.

The committee also presented texts among Trump’s supporters in the days leading up to the riot that suggested Trump’s call for his supporters to march on the Capitol was premeditated. A text from far-right activist Ali Alexander on Jan. 5 at 7:19 a.m. read: “Tomorrow: Ellipse, then US Capitol. Trump is supposed to order us into the Capitol at the end of his speech, but we’ll see.”

Murphy explained that the day before Trump’s speech at the Ellipse, the president and his aides and speechwriters argued over the content of the speech. “That speech evolved into a call to action into a call to fight,” she said, pointing to a Jan. 5 speech edit at 5:05 p.m. that added, “All of us are here today, don’t want to see our election victory stolen by obedient radical left democrats, our country has had enough, we won’t take it anymore. Together we will stop the theft.”

Trump’s edits lasted until the morning of January 6th. When he finally delivered the speech, he added lines calling on his supporters to fight and urging Vice President Mike Pence to “be strong” to “take back our country.”

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-07-12/trump-always-intended-urge-supporters-capitol Jan. 6 panel: Trump’s call to march on Capitol was planned

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