When Donald Trump lost his Twitter account after goading on insurrectionists while they attacked the U.S. capitol and killed a police officer, the world took a grateful sigh of relief. Now, he’s back after Republicans bowed and kissed a golden statue of him at CPAC, giving interviews to the right-wing media’s version of mainstream news, Fox.
Trump called in to Fox News after his CPAC speech and was asked by Steve Hilton about his response to the January 6 insurrection. He tried to shift blame to Pelosi before resorting to Black Lives Matter whataboutism. pic.twitter.com/5tjXcs12hF
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 1, 2021
Host Steve Hilton remained mostly silent while Trump answered a question about the tragedy at the U.S. Capitol by bragging about how many of his supporters were there, saying it was “in the hundreds of thousands, and more,” and that it was the largest crowd he’d ever spoken in front of. Not only is none of that true, bragging that you can draw a great crowd for an insurrection is beyond the pale.
Trump maddeningly added during the interview that he tried to warn Capitol Police about the danger ahead, which means he admits that he knew it was coming, but to no avail.
‘I said that I think you should have 10,000, I think I gave the number, I definitely gave the number of 10,000, National Guardsman, I think you should have 10,000 National Guard ready. They took that number, from what I understand, they gave it to the people at the Capitol, which that’s controlled by (Nancy) Pelosi, and I heard they rejected it because it didn’t look good.’
In all of the accounts read during Trump’s second impeachment trial and all of the testimony given in front of Congress on the investigative committee into the January 6 attack, not one person has said that Trump warned anyone. None of them have said that Trump suggested 10,000 National Guardsmen or even one. In fact, numerous witnesses have said that Trump refused to call in the National Guard despite please for him to do so.
Twitter wasn’t buying into Trump’s nonsense blame-shifting. Read some of their comments below: