Charlie Kirk, the founder of the conservative student group Turning Point USA (TPUSA), deleted a tweet over the weekend in which he boasted about sending more than 80 buses filled with President Donald Trump’s supporters to Washington, D.C.
The deleted tweet, uncovered by the Daily Dot on Saturday, was posted just two days before a mob of violent Trump supporters stormed the U.S> Capitol in a failed attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“The historic event will likely be one of the largest and most consequential in American history,” Kirk wrote. “The team at @TrumpStudents & Turning Point Action are honored to help make this happen, sending 80+ buses full of patriots to DC to fight for this president.”
In the wake of the Capitol riot, Charlie Kirk has deleted a tweet in which he discussed sending "80+ buses full of patriots to DC to fight for this president." https://t.co/2NRwdt257v pic.twitter.com/VqdRNWqMMZ
— Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) January 9, 2021
The tweet garnered new attention online after the deadly riot on Wednesday, which led to the death of four Trump supporters as well as one police officer, who was reportedly violently bludgeoned with the blunt end of a fire extinguisher.
Kirk spent weeks prior to Wednesday spreading debunked claims of widespread voter fraud, including one conspiracy theory known as the “Pence Card,” the false belief that Vice President Mike Pence could overturn the election.
“Despite what the media and certain weak intellectually-compromised Constitutional scholars are telling you, Mike Pence does not have to accept the results of polluted and poisoned electors. He does not,” Kirk said.
Hundreds of Trump supporters, convinced that Pence had committed treason thanks to the rhetoric online, were heard openly calling for the vice president to be hanged during the riot. “Hang Mike Pence!” the angry mob was heard chanting as they stormed the Capitol.
They’re chanting “hang Mike Pence.”
— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) January 9, 2021