Donald Trump provided up a wierd scapegoat for the Jan. 6 rebel in a brand new interview.
The previous president accused former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of permitting mobs of violent Trump supporters to overhaul the U.S. Capitol by allegedly turning down his provide to activate the Nationwide Guard.
Hundreds of individuals descended on Capitol Hill to try to cease the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory on Jan. 6, 2021, following Trump’s repeated lies a few stolen election.
A bipartisan Senate report launched final June linked seven deaths to that day’s violence, and late final 12 months, the House January 6 committee accused Trump of partaking in a “multi-part conspiracy” to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election.
Rioters personally focused Pelosi on Jan. 6. Individuals stalked the halls of Congress chanting, “Nancy! Oh Nancy! We’re in search of you!” Others vandalized her workplace and wreaked havoc all through the constructing.
However Trump ignored these information whereas talking to Kristen Welker throughout an interview on “Meet the Press” that aired Sunday.
In a outstanding effort at rewriting historical past, Trump claimed that Pelosi may have prevented that day’s chaos and violence if she’d accepted Trump’s provide to make use of the Nationwide Guard forward of Jan. 6, when he deliberate to host a “Cease the Steal” rally close to the Capitol.
“She turned down 10,000 troopers,” Trump stated, claiming that Pelosi was answerable for safety of the Capitol. “If she didn’t flip down the troopers, you wouldn’t have had January sixth.”
“Capitol police stated that he needed it and Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t settle for it,” Trump stated. “She’s accountable for January sixth.”
Welker countered that Pelosi says Trump by no means formally requested her permission to prepared the Nationwide Guard, though the journalist appeared unable to completely fact-check Trump throughout their alternate.
The speaker of the House doesn’t management safety of the Capitol, nor do they management requests for the Nationwide Guard. These choices lie as an alternative with the Capitol Police Board, who’ve provided conflicting accounts of the occasions previous to and on Jan. 6.
In keeping with an investigation by The New York Instances, Pelosi accepted a request for reinforcements from House sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving at round 1:43 p.m. that day, a full two hours earlier than the Pentagon gave the District of Columbia Nationwide Guard commander permission to deploy troops.
Whereas Trump had lots to say about Pelosi’s alleged errors, the front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination refused to say whether or not he moved to subdue the assault as soon as it was underway.
“I’m not going to inform you something,” Trump advised Welker. “I assumed that [Pelosi] took care of it.”
Pelosi responded to Trump’s claims throughout an look on MSNBC on Sunday, telling reporter Jonathan Capehart: “The previous occupant of the White House has at all times been about projection. He is aware of he’s accountable for that, so he initiatives it onto others.”
Watch Trump’s full interview on “Meet the Press” right here.