Call by then-President Trump for his supporters to march on the Capitol on January 1st. December 6, 2021 was planned in advance and he intended to go with them, the evidence presented on congressional hearings on tuesday showed at the uprising.
“He fueled their anger. He called them to fight for him. He sent them to the US Capitol. He told them that he would join them. And his supporters believed him, and many went to the Capitol, ”said a member of the House Select Committee, a congressman. Stephanie Murphy (Fla.). “As a result, people died. People got hurt. The lives of many of his supporters have never been the same.”
Draft tweet received by Jan. House Select Committee 6 revealed that prior to the uprising, Trump wrote: “I will give a big speech at 10:00 a.m. Jan. 6 at Ellips (south of the White House). Please arrive early as crowds are expected. March to the Capitol after. Stop stealing!!”
Trump never tweeted.
The committee also presented texts among Trump supporters in the days before the uprising, saying that Trump’s call for his supporters to march on the Capitol was deliberate. Text from far-right activist Ali Alexander at 7:19 Jan. 5 read: “Tomorrow: Ellipse, then US Capitol. Trump should order us to go to the Capitol at the end of his speech, but we’ll see.”
Murphy explained that the day before Trump’s speech at the Ellipse, the president, his aides, and speechwriters quarreled over the content of the speech. “This speech turned into a call to action and then into a call to fight,” she said, pointing to a revision of the speech at 5:05 p.m. on January 1. 5, which added: “All of us here today, don’t want our electoral victory to be stolen by committed Radical Left Democrats, our country is fed up, we won’t take this anymore. Together we will stop theft.”
Trump’s edits continued until the morning of January 1st. 6. When he finally delivered his speech, he added lines calling on his supporters to fight and for Vice President Mike Pence to “be strong” to “take back our country.”