A member of then-President Trump’s circle of supporters, including his son Donald Trump Jr., pleaded with him to stop the Jan. 1 violence. September 6, 2021, indicating they knew the former president played a key role in instigating the uprising, according to evidence presented on Tuesday by the House Special Committee to Inquire into the Capitol Rebellion.
Fox News host and conservative commentator Laura Ingram wrote a message to Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on January 1. 6 that “the President should tell the people in the Capitol to go home.”
“It hurts all of us,” Ingram said that day in a series of text messages criticizing Trump’s actions. “He destroys his legacy and plays on every stereotype… we will lose all credibility in the BLM/Antifa crowd if things go wrong.”
Donald Trump Jr. also wrote to Meadows, informing him that his father needed ” [condemn] this is s — t. As soon as possible. A capitol police tweet is not enough.”
In addition, Fox News host Sean Hannity texted Meadows asking him if Trump could “make a statement… ask people to leave the Capitol peacefully.”
Many Republican representatives, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, issued public statements condemning the violence and asked Trump to end it.
“He did it later, much later,” Yang said. 6 Vice Chairman of the Committee Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Vio.) Said at the hearing on Tuesday. “At 4:17 p.m., Trump finally told the rioters to go home and said he loved them.”
A clip of Trump addressing the rioters was shown on a House panel.
“We love you, you are special,” he said. “I know how you feel, but go home and go home in peace.”