Previous President TrumpDonald Trump Sacha Baron Cohen Calls ‘Danger Of Lies, Hatred And Conspiracies’ In Golden Globes Speech Sorkin Uses Abbie Hoffman Quote To Condemn Violence On Capitol Hill: Democracy Is ‘Something You Do’ Former Attendant Trump Pierson Plans to Run for Congress MORE in an interview Sunday night he defended his response to the deadly riots of his supporters in the US Capitol on January 6 and called the rally he spoke in advance a “party of love.”
“It was a large number of people, not the Capitol, I’m talking about the demonstration itself. It was a party of love. It was a beautiful thing, ”Trump told Steve Hilton on Fox News.
During the “Stop the Steal” rally on the White House Ellipse, Trump urged thousands of his supporters to march on Capitol Hill and pressure lawmakers not to finish. Joe bidenJoe BidenBiden Offers Support For Union Organizing Efforts Senate Democrats Reject ‘Plan B’ On Minimum Wage Increase Kavanaugh Dismays Conservatives By Dodging Pro-Trump Election Demands MOREElectoral College Victory. He told the crowd to show “strength” that day or he would risk losing the country.
“He will never recover our country in weakness,” Trump said at the time.
Later, a mob entered the Capitol, sending lawmakers into hiding and causing multiple deaths and multiple injuries as a result of the chaos.
Democrats indicted Trump weeks later for an article inciting insurrection against the government. He was later acquitted by the Senate following a trial that took place after he left office.
Triumph saying Sunday night he “hates” seeing the riot at the Capitol and called the event “terrible.” He also mentioned the racial justice protests last summer, saying “no one seems to mind that.”
He also claimed that he wanted 10,000 National Guard service members dispatched to the Capitol before the rally, but “I heard [congressional leadership] He turned it down because it didn’t look good. ”
Trump said in a video message the night after the breach that he “immediately deployed the National Guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and drive out intruders.”
However, an AP fact check found that claim to be false.
“While Trump was involved in discussions in the days leading up to Wednesday’s riots about the National Guard’s response, he was not part of the decision-making that day,” the AP reported. “Defense officials have said they did not speak to Trump on Wednesday. The Justice Department called the Capitol Police and offered FBI agents as the mob descended, but the police rejected the offer. Justice called a second time and the he accepted help. Trump was not involved. ”