Trump’s circle urged him to stop violence at Capitol on Jan. 6

A member of then-President Trump’s circle of supporters, including his son Donald Trump Jr., asked him to stop the violence on January 6, 2021, saying they knew the former president played a key role in instigating the insurgency Evidence presented Tuesday by the House Select Panel investigating the Capitol riot.

Fox News anchor and conservative commentator Laura Ingraham wrote to Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows on Jan. 6 that “the president needs to tell the people in the Capitol to go home.”

“This hurts us all,” Ingraham said in a series of text messages that day criticizing Trump’s actions. “He’s destroying his legacy and playing into every cliché…we lose all credibility with the BLM/Antifa crowd when things go wrong.”

Donald Trump Jr. also texted Meadows, telling him that his father “had to do it [condemn] this s—t. As soon as possible. The Capitol Police tweet is not enough.”

Additionally, Fox News host Sean Hannity texted Meadows asking if Trump could “make a statement… asking people to leave the Capitol peacefully.”

Many Republican officials, including California House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, made public statements condemning the violence and calling on Trump to end it.

“He didn’t do that until later, much later,” Jan. 6 committee vice chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said at Tuesday’s hearing. “At 4:17 p.m. Trump finally told the rioters to go home and that he loved them.”

The House panel played a clip of Trump addressing the rioters.

“We love you, you are very special,” he said. “I know how you feel, but go home and go home in peace.”

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-06-28/trump-supporters-urged-him-to-stop-the-violence-on-jan-6 Trump’s circle urged him to stop violence at Capitol on Jan. 6

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