Trump didn’t stick to the script when he called on supporters to leave the Capitol, January. 6 panel says

Then-President Trump did not stick to the video script he was given after officials urged him to ask supporters to leave the Capitol peacefully on January 1. 6, the House committee said during a hearing on Thursday.

According to the committee, the original script for his speech said, “I ask you to leave the Capitol Hill area NOW and return home peacefully.”

Trump did not repeat the line, instead affirming that the protesters were “special” and loved, and began his video by repeatedly claiming that the election had been stolen. “I know your pain. I know you’re hurting,” he said at 4:07 pm from the White House Rose Garden. “We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a convincing election and everyone knows it, but now you have to go home.”

He went on to state that this has never happened in a country “where they could take it from all of us, from me, from you, from our country.”

“I know how you feel, but go home and go home in peace,” he said.

Nicholas Luna, a former presidential aide, said in video evidence that Trump’s words were “unexpected.”

Witness Sarah Matthews, a former deputy spokeswoman for the Trump administration, said the video was “disturbing.” After watching, she says she has made the decision to retire and called her loved ones to let them know.

After Trump released his video, people in the White House felt like the day was “over,” Eric Herschmann, a former White House adviser, said in his recorded testimony.

“People were pretty emaciated,” he said.