Former President Donald Trump claimed his supporters concerned within the lethal Jan. 6 rebel on the U.S. Capitol posed “zero threat” and concerned folks “hugging and kissing the police.”
One police officer was killed within the assault, and no less than 138 suffered injuries that included burns, concussions and fractures.
The Capitol was overrun with a mob trying to cease the certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s Electoral College win.
The former president additionally claimed his arrested supporters have been being “persecuted” for involvement within the violence.
Trump conceded that the rioters “shouldn’t have done it” however saved most of his criticism for anti-fascist activists (additionally known as antifa) and the Black Lives Matter motion:
Fox News didn’t present footage of the violence on the Capitol when Trump spoke of his supporters “hugging and kissing the police.” But when Trump talked about antifa, the community ran 10-month-old footage of unrest in Minneapolis.
Antifa and Black Lives Matter, Trump mentioned, are “really dangerous… and truly hate our country.”
Prosecutors have disputed Trump’s characterization of final summer time’s unrest, which adopted the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May and the violent deaths of different Black Americans.
“We haven’t seen any trend of antifa folks who were involved here in the criminal activity or violence,” Michael Paul, particular agent in command of the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office, mentioned in December, according to the Star-Tribune.
Instead, a lot of the felony exercise that passed off throughout the unrest was extra opportunistic and didn’t contain folks affiliated with particular teams.
However, prosecutors say the Jan. 6 riot in Washington concerned a number of far-right teams, together with white supremacists gangs and paramilitary teams, together with some who coordinated earlier than and throughout the violence.
Earlier this month, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) sued Trump, claiming civil rights violations associated the rebel.
Trump may additionally face felony fees, with a high federal prosecutor concerned within the case indicating that sedition may very well be one in every of them.
“I personally believe the evidence is trending towards that, and probably meets those elements,” Michael Sherwin, who till final week was lead investigator, informed CBS News. “I believe the facts do support those charges. And I think that, as we go forward, more facts will support that.”
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