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Trump responds to Jan. 6 committee hearing – here’s what he said

Former President of the United States Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a "Save America" rally at Country Thunder Arizona in Florence, Arizona. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
June 10, 2022

Former President Donald Trump responded to the House Jan. 6 committee’s Thursday night public hearing on the Capitol storming with a series of posts on his social media platform Truth Social, slamming committee members as “political thugs” and “corrupt politicians.”

“The Unselect Committee of political Thugs, essentially the same group who brought you the now fully debunked and discredited RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA HOAX (and many others!), refused to study and report on the massive amount of irrefutable evidence, much of it recently produced, that shows the 2020 Presidential Election was Rigged and Stolen,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.

“They want NOTHING to do with that topic because they cannot win on the facts. CANCEL & DENY, call it ‘THE BIG LIE,’ is all they can do. Corrupt Politicians!”

Former President Trump’s post on Truth Social (Screenshot)

The House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol storming claims on its website that the event “was one of the darkest days of our democracy.” The group insists that the breach was executed by “insurrectionists” who sought “to impede Congress’s Constitutional mandate to validate the presidential election.”

Trump blasted the committee for refusing to “spend one minute studying the reason that people went to Washington, D.C., in massive numbers,” arguing that Jan. 6 “represented the greatest movement in the history of our Country to Make America Great Again.”

“It was about an Election that was Rigged and Stolen, and a Country that was about to go to HELL..& look at our Country now!” Trump wrote on Truth.

Former President Trump’s post on Truth Social (Screenshot)

Trump also highlighted that the committee is aware that he “suggested & offered up to 20,000 National Guard, or troops, be deployed in D.C.” prior to Jan. 6 “because it was felt that the crowd was going to be very large.”

“Crazy Nancy Pelosi turned down the offer, she didn’t like the way it looked,” Trump noted. “Likewise, the Mayor of D.C. Had they taken up the offer, there would have been no January 6th. The Unselects have ruled Pelosi ‘off limits, no questions.’ The hearing is another political HOAX to counter Inflation etc.”

Former President Trump’s post on Truth Social (Screenshot)

During the hearing, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), vice chairwoman of the committee, argued that Trump “motivated” the people “who invaded our Capitol” on Jan. 6, 2021.

“President Trump summoned the mob, assembled the mob and lit the flame of this attack,” Cheney said.

Before the Capitol breach, however, Trump said, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,” NPR reported.

He also urged protesters to go home after the breach erupted, saying in a video posted to Twitter at the time, as reported by PennLive. “We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side, but you have to go home now, we have to have peace.”

“We love you. You’re very special,” he said. “Go home in peace.”