During Wednesday remarks at an outdoor event in D.C. that unfolded shortly before violent rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol building in his name, outgoing President Donald Trump spoke, yet again, about crowd size. He claimed that “hundreds of thousands” of his supporters had turned out for the day’s event — which was orchestrated to correspond with the scheduled Congressional certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory — but there’s no apparent indication that his crowd size estimate was correct. Video that top Trump official Dan Scavino Jr. himself shared shows a significant crowd — but a swath of open space is clearly visible to one side of the group of Trump backers.
Trump begin his speech by talking about the “hundreds of thousands” of people who he claims are attending.
So he begins and ends his presidency in the same way with lies about crowd size. pic.twitter.com/G3S1lUvYjv
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) January 6, 2021
— Dan Scavino🇺🇸🦅 (@DanScavino) January 6, 2021
During his remarks, Trump repeated some of his familiar rhetoric, insisting that the country would be “destroyed” if Biden takes office. He commented as follows:
‘When you see this, and when you see what’s happening: number one, they all say, sir, we’ll never let it happen again — I say that’s good, but what about eight weeks ago?.. I want to go back eight weeks. Let’s go back eight weeks. We wanna go back and we wanna get this right, because we’re gonna have somebody in there that should not be in there, and our country will be destroyed, and we’re not gonna stand for that.’
Check out his comments below:
"I want to go back 8 weeks. Let's go back 8 weeks." — Trump pic.twitter.com/qIu8KiEepb
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 6, 2021
After Trump’s speech, a violent mob of his supporters swarmed the Capitol building, where Congress had been working through the process of confirming the electoral college outcome. Both houses of Congress abruptly had to halt their proceedings as the building went on lockdown and top leaders abruptly left the area, for their own safety. Some of Trump’s supporters who broke into the Capitol building smashed windows, deployed a fire extinguisher as if trying to use it as a chemical weapon, and made it into areas like the House Speaker’s office and the Senate chamber.
Trump protesters just discharged a fire extinguisher outside Senate chamber. Many protesters are inside building, and most people are hiding from them pic.twitter.com/0y2sk8LHWd
— Steven Nelson (@stevennelson10) January 6, 2021
Trump posted a couple of tepid tweets encouraging his supporters to “stay peaceful,” insisting that “WE are the Party of Law & Order” — which is just ridiculous, considering the fact that as Trump issued these comments, his supporters roamed the Capitol. There’s no “staying” peaceful — the president’s supporters have long since crossed that line, and on Wednesday, they essentially put the U.S. Capitol building under siege.
Crazy images pic.twitter.com/lel41PtnHC
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) January 6, 2021