Kaitlan Collins, host of CNN’s Wednesday Night Town Hall with Donald Trump, has been placed in reporter’s purgatory after she tried to blame the former president for the Capitol riot.
In a moment that became a Trump Classic moment, the former president pulled notes from his jacket pocket to counter his claims.
It came when Collins questioned why it took Trump so long to tell his supporters to leave the Capitol on that fateful day, insinuating that he wanted the Capitol riot to continue. Trump was ready for it.
“When they went to the capitol and broke into the capitol, smashing windows, injuring police officers, why did it take you three hours to tell them to go home?” Collins asked.
” I do not believe that. Oh, let me take it out. I have to get it out,” he replied, reaching into his jacket pocket for timestamps of his public statements.
“On January 5, the day before, I said, ‘Please support our Capitol Police and law enforcement. They are really on the side of our country. Stay in peace! »
Trump just pulled out receipts to refute Kaitlin Collins’ claims about CNN town hall…and the crowd cheers!
This is NOT going the way CNN intended. pic.twitter.com/7byCeFkCHr
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) May 11, 2023
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Trump defends his actions on January 6
At the rally ahead of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, Trump said, “I know everyone here will soon be marching to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically Make your voice heard.
A timeline of events published by NRP shows that the protesters began to get angry at 1:00 p.m. while a breach in the barricades and the Capitol took place between 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Thanks to Elon Musk, we can once again see Trump’s Twitter feed – the place where his most ardent supporters could most easily see what he was saying.
I ask everyone in the US Capitol to stay peaceful. No violence! Remember WE are the Party of Law and Order – obey the law and our great men and women in blue. THANKS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
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About an hour later he posted a video urging people to go home. That’s what Collins is referring to, ignoring Trump’s earlier tweets and comments.
Trump referenced this video during the CNN town hall.
“If you remember, I made a video just outside the Oval Office in the Rose Garden, and I’m very proud of that video. I didn’t have a script. I don’t need a script unlike a certain person in there,” he told Collins, a jab at President Biden who has aides giving him notes at events telling him where to sit and when to stand.
Sadly, Trump was banned from Twitter, along with his video pleading with the rioters to stop.
President Trump rebuts CNN’s lie on stage. Pull out the receipts!
This man is unstoppable!pic.twitter.com/xds4T1nxxN
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) May 11, 2023
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Trump will pardon vast majority of Jan 6 protesters
In addition to defending his actions on Jan. 6, Trump reiterated a campaign promise to forgive people who remained peaceful during the riot but were nonetheless caught in the net.
But he noted, as everyone recognizes, that some of those involved actually had bad intentions and actually committed crimes that day. Those people, however, were rare and certainly won’t enjoy the leniency of a DC jury.
“I’m inclined to forgive a lot of them,” Trump said of the protesters. “I can’t say for every one of them because a few of them probably – they got out of hand.”
CNN crowd cheers as Trump promises to pardon many arrested on January 6
“You have two standards of justice in this country… And then what they did to these people, they persecuted these people. And yes, my answer is that if I go in… it will be a big part of… pic.twitter.com/E2TniiiKMn
— The Vigilant Fox 🦊 (@VigilantFox) May 11, 2023
Trump noted that BLM and Antifa protesters who looted businesses and burned down towns for months before the Capitol riot were treated with gloves, but the Jan. 6 rioters were hit hard by the law.
“I’m not trying to justify anything, but you have two standards of justice in this country,” he claimed. “And what they did…what they did to so many people is nothing.” Nothing. And then what they did for these people, they persecuted these people.
Trump added that many of them are “great people.”
Collins asked Trump if he would pardon the four Proud Buys who were just convicted of seditious conspiracy. The Republican frontrunner for the 2024 nomination said he should look at the case but suggested they may not have had a fair trial.
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