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The remarks reflected recent efforts by Trump and his supporters to present themselves as the aggrieved parties to the January 6 uprising that killed five people and injured others – and briefly as President-elect Joe wheels the wheels of the Democracy stalled Biden’s victory over Trump in the electoral college was confirmed by Congress.
Trump’s reference to “great people” was similar to what he said after the fatal confrontation in Charlottesville. “You had some very bad people in that group,” he said in August 2017. “But you also had people who were very good people on both sides.”
In his interview with Bartiromo, Trump said the January 6 events were about loving people who wanted to save the nation.
“The crowd was amazing and I mentioned the word ‘love’, love in the air, I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said of his rally on the ellipse. “That’s why they went to Washington.”
He added, “Too much spirit and faith and love, there was such love on this rally, you had over a million people,” which inflated the size of his rally crowd.
After Trump’s speech, the Capitol was raided by supporters trying to disrupt the electoral college count. On the way there they fought with police officers; According to the Justice Department, around 140 police officers were attacked. Hundreds of those who entered the Capitol were charged with various crimes, including more than 50 charged with the use of a deadly or dangerous weapon, or the grievous bodily harm of an officer.
Trump and Bartiromo both expressed outrage over the fatal shooting of Ashli Babbitt in the Capitol, repeatedly hinting that a cover-up was at work. Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, was fatally shot trying to climb through a broken window during the riot.
“Who is the person who shot an innocent, wonderful, incredible woman, a military woman, right in the head?” said Trump. “There is no impact – on the other hand, it would be the greatest story in this country. Who Shot Ashli Babbitt? People want to know why. “
Bartiromo then described Babbitt as “a wonderful woman who was fatally shot and killed on January 6th while trying to climb out of a broken window.” Her remarks echoed those of some of Trump’s supporters, including MP Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Who claimed Babbitt was “executed”.
Regarding his remarks to the crowd before they stormed the Capitol as “a very meek speech,” Trump also suggested blaming House Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats for any violence that day because They did not take the potential for violence seriously.
“You are in charge,” he said.
Josh Gerstein contributed to this report.