Former President Donald Trump on Thursday defended some of his supporters who rioted at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, saying they posed “zero threat” to the lawmakers who had assembled there to certify the Electoral College vote that confirmed Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential race.
Trump complained to Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham that law enforcement was “persecuting” the Capitol rioters, while “nothing happens” to left-wing protesters.
Trump did acknowledge that those who stormed the Capitol “went in and they shouldn’t have done it.”
But he added: “Some of them went in and they’re, they’re hugging and kissing the police and the guards. You know, they had great relationships. A lot of the people were waved in and then they walked in and they walked out.”
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Just for the record: 140 police officers were injured in the insurrection. Some of them suffered concussions after receiving blows to the head. 81 were assaulted. One died.
Trump is not going away. Since he feeds on media coverage he needs Fox and other outlets in order to survive.
Trump was the perfect candidate for this moment in American political history–a moment in which anyone with a camera, a social media account, and a spirit of outrage, regardless of their commitment to logic, facts, science, or education, can influence public discourse.
Here is the entire Ingraham interview:
One more thought: Trump says he rarely listened to what Dr. Anthony Fauci told him. This may be one of the only true things he said in this interview. A recent study argues that 400,000 lives were lost to COVID-19 because of Trump’s incompetence.