Trump blasts Capitol riot commemoration as ‘phony media event’

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Trump blasts Capitol riot commemoration as ‘phony media event’

Former President Donald Trump issued a blistering broadside against President Biden and congressional Democrats Friday, calling Thursday’s events observing the anniversary of the Capitol riot “the last gasps of a corrupt and discredited left-wing political and media establishment that has, for decades, driven our country into the ground.”

In a lengthy emailed statement, the 45th president said “radical leftists in Washington care NOTHING for American Democracy. All they care about is control over you, and wealth and riches for themselves.”

Trump, who was impeached by the House last year on a charge of inciting the deadly riot, was originally scheduled to hold a news conference Thursday to lay out his own views on the events of Jan. 6, 2021. 

However, the event was canceled Tuesday, with Trump citing the “total bias and dishonesty” of the House select committee investigating the riot.

Former President Donald Trump issued a scathing message toward President Biden and other Democrats on Friday.
Former President Donald Trump issued a scathing message for President Biden and other Democrats on Friday.
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In remarks at the Capitol’s Statuary Hall on Thursday morning, Biden said his predecessor and those who stormed the building one year ago had “held a dagger at the throat of America.”

Trump fired back Friday, saying Biden’s “handlers gave him that speech to read yesterday because they know the unprecedented failures of his presidency and the left-wing extremism of the Pelosi-Schumer Congress have destroyed the Democrat Party.” 

The 45th president claimed that Democratic “panic” is motivated by the realization “they cannot sustain the preposterous fabrications about January 6 much longer. The truth is coming out.”

Over the past year, Trump has repeatedly downplayed the Capitol riot, calling those involved “peaceful protesters” while claiming that the “real” insurrection — the term used for the riot by many lawmakers, including Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) — happened during the presidential election he lost. 

“But for them, the worst part of it all is the knowledge that the American People are seeing right through their phony media event—which despicably compared a Pelosi-led security failure at the Capitol to the darkest days in American history and the deaths of 3,000 Americans,” Trump said, referring to Vice President Kamala Harris’ speech in which she compared the riot to Pearl Harbor and 9/11.

President Biden roasted Donald Trump on the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 riots, saying Trump "held a dagger at the throat of America."
President Biden roasted Donald Trump on the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 riots, saying Trump “held a dagger at the throat of America.”
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The vice president drew immediate criticism for the comparison, with many calling it unjustified hyperbole. 

Trump then joined other members of the Republican Party in accusing Democrats of using the Capitol riot for political gain. 

“The American People also see that January 6 has become the Democrats’ excuse and pretext for the most chilling assault on the civil liberties of American citizens in generations,” he argued. “It is being used to justify outrageous attacks on free speech, widespread censorship, de-platforming, calls for increased domestic surveillance, appalling abuse of political prisoners, labeling opponents of COVID lockdowns and mandates as national security threats, and even ordering the FBI to target parents who object to the radical indoctrination of their children in school.

“And this week,” the former president went on, “January 6 is also the Democrats’ excuse for trying to pass a radical Federal takeover of state election law. They are trying to BAN voter ID and other basic measures that can ensure the sacred integrity of the vote.”

Over the past year, Former President Donald Trump has repeatedly downplayed the Capitol riot, calling those involved as “peaceful protestors.”
Over the past year, former President Donald Trump has repeatedly downplayed the Capitol riot, calling those involved “peaceful protesters.”
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Trump then claimed that Democrats’ efforts stem from the fact that they “know they will overwhelmingly LOSE” any “fair and honest election.” He concluded by claiming that “I am not the one trying to undermine American Democracy—I am the one trying to SAVE American Democracy.”

While he has not formally announced his second bid for the Oval Office, Trump is expected to make his final decision following the November midterms.

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