Donald Trump may have canceled his planned press conference on January 6th, but he found another way to get his message out.
It’s been a year since Trump supporters violently stormed the Capitol in a failed attempt to overthrow democracy. As the coup attempt unfolded, Trump sat back and watched with glee for three hours to see if his scheme to stay in power would work before finally allowing the National Guard to restore order.
Trump had incited the insurrection earlier in the day at a rally demanding that former Vice President Mike Pence reject the electors and declare him the winner of the 2020 Election even though there is no evidence of election fraud.
Since the establishment of the House January 6th Committee, the insidious depth of Trump’s involvement in the insurrection has only grown, especially since witnesses are providing damning testimony and thousands of pages of evidence have been submitted detailing communications with the White House and Trump’s movements that day.
As part of a wider temper tantrum, Trump wanted to hold a press conference this week to gaslight Americans by downplaying the insurrection and repeating his election lies.
But Trump canceled the press conference just two days before the first anniversary of January 6th and blamed the committee.
Yet, that didn’t stop Trump from getting his message out another way. In a statement just a day before January 6th, Trump called for his supporters to “rise up” against the Biden administration complete with false accusations against the administration regarding coronavirus prevention measures.
“Now, there’s talk by the Biden Administration again about closing schools and even vaccine mandates for school children,” Trump claimed. “This is an outrage, and MAGA nation should rise up and oppose this egregious federal government overreach.”
Trump: “This is an outrage, and MAGA nation should rise up and oppose this egregious federal government overreach.”
Taste check: Very poor taste by the former president to urge his supporters to “rise up” on the day before the anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot by a MAGA mob
— John T. Bennett (@BennettJohnT) January 5, 2022
This is obviously meant as a code from Trump to his supporters as he and some of his Republican allies also told his supporters to “rise up” prior to the Capitol insurrection. Trump is merely cloaking his desire to regain power through violence by inventing lies about Biden.
If schools close, it will be because districts won’t have the personnel available to keep them in operation because the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is infecting Americans at a swift pace. And there is no talk of a vaccine mandate for children.
This is a way for Trump to gin up his supporters to commit violence as January 6th approaches without making it about January 6th or the 2020 Election.
Make no mistake, Trump is inciting violence against the federal government, and he should be arrested and prosecuted for it.
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