In the 10 months since Jan. 6, more than 675 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to breaching the U.S. Capitol in a violent attempt to overthrow democracy that resulted in five deaths and dozens of injuries. More than 210 individuals have been charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement.
In a new interview far-right UK separatist leader Nigel Farage, former President Donald Trump revealed that his biggest issue with Jan. 6 was that he is not getting credit for the “massive” crowd that attended his Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally by supporters seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election. That was the same rally that immediately preceded the violent riot.
“Was it a mistake to have that rally on that day?” Farage asked.
“Well, you know, I didn’t have — that was a rally that was there,” Trump said of the event he had urged his supporters to attend.
“And if you look, it was a massive rally with hundreds of hundreds of thousands of people. I think it was the largest crowd I’ve ever spoken before,” he said.
“But if you would’ve looked at the crowd’s size — nobody wants to talk about that. I believe it was the biggest and most people I ever — and I’ve spoken to very big crowds. I have never spoken in front of a crowd that size — nobody ever talks about that,” he said.
“And then, unfortunately, some bad things happened. But also, the other side had some bad things happen,” he argued, despite Democrats seeking to defend democracy instead of end it.
In new interview, Trump was asked if he regretted J6. He said the “real insurrection” was on Election Day and J6 was just a protest, that nobody gives him credit for drawing so many people to hear him speak that day, and “the other side had some very bad things happen.” pic.twitter.com/z8pnx0aFXV
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) December 2, 2021
Trump also pushed the outrageous claim that the attack on the Capitol was driven by members of Antifa — rather than his own supporters. “Antifa. Bad. Very bad,” Trump told Farage. “They had Antifa in that rally. They had Antifa leading a lot of people on that day in January. It’s pretty incredible that nothing happens to them.”
Donald Trump discusses Black Lives Matter and Antifa in a WORLD EXCLUSIVE interview with Nigel Farage on GB News. pic.twitter.com/mNpl6WET8W
— GB News (@GBNEWS) December 2, 2021
As Rolling Stone notes: “The person who ultimately bears the most responsibility for the attack on the Capitol is Trump himself. He was the driving force behind the conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was stolen. He and his allies throughout Congress and conservative media spent the weeks leading up to Jan. 6 calling for action. He told his supporters at the Ellipse they needed to “fight like hell” or else they’re “not going to have a country anymore.””