Former President Donald Trump is freaking out. On Thursday, President Joe Biden singled out the ex-commander-in-chief for his undercuts to democracy that were likely best represented by the attack on the Capitol by his supporters, which unfolded one year ago this Thursday, and Trump is… not taking it well. In a statement shared by his spokesperson Liz Harrington just after 12:40 p.m. on the East Coast, Trump ranted that watching Biden speak “is very hurtful to many people,” because “[they’re] the ones who tried to stop the peaceful transfer with a rigged election.” Trump sounds barking mad. Considering the lack of real-world evidence for his claims, he might as well be saying the sky is green.
Biden, leaving the Capitol, tells the press of his remarks about Trump: "The way you have to heal is you have to recognize the extent of the wound."
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 6, 2022
Notably, nowhere in this particular statement did Trump offer any words of condemnation for the actions of those who participated in the storming of the Capitol, even though the incident included elements like numerous physical assaults on police officers, many of whom were gravely injured. Instead, he stuck to the following:
‘[Biden] acts like he’s aggrieved, but we’re the ones who were aggrieved and America is suffering because of it with poisonous Borders, record Inflation, a humiliating surrender in Afghanistan, $5 a gallon gas and higher, empty stock shelves, and rampant crime. America is a laughingstock stock of the world, and it’s all because of the real insurrection, which took place on November 3rd, but this is an election year and MAGA Republicans should get elected and work with me to fix this horror that Joe Biden and the Democrats have brought us. Never forget the crime of the 2020 Presidential Election. Never give up!’
He’s out of touch with reality on a fundamental level. Also: “poisonous Borders”? What on earth does that mean? This statement — which you can see by clicking on the post below — was the third statement (and counting) that Trump had issued on Thursday going after Biden by name, who had delivered his speech criticizing Trump’s conduct early in the day. Statement #1 from Trump can be found at this link and statement #2 can be found at this link.
President Donald J. Trump:
“…Never forget the crime of the 2020 Presidential Election. Never give up!” pic.twitter.com/9lSRndnW9V
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) January 6, 2022
Biden’s own remarks for Trump were direct. He pointed out that Trump “has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election. He’s done so because he values power over principle, because he sees his own interest as more important than his country’s interest… and because his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our Constitution.”
Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham tells CNN that during the attack on the Capitol, Trump was "gleefully" watching the riot from the White House dining room.
She said he kept hitting rewind and saying, "Look at all those people fighting for me."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 6, 2022