“Big demonstration in Washington on January 6th. Be there, it will be crazy, ”wrote Donald Trump on his Twitter account on December 19, 2020.
The far-right coordinated the storming of the Capitol after a message from Donald Trump perceived as a “call to arms”, a group of elected officials who are investigating how the government claimed Tuesday. former president tried to stay in power.
This parliamentary committee, made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans, detailed during its seventh hearing the pressure exerted by the former -president, from the 2020 presidential election until his supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
The investigation is based on a Twitter post by Donald Trump dated December 19, 2020, in which the billionaire calls on the crowd to gather in the American capital on the day of the certification of the victory of Joe Biden.
Mass demonstration in Washington on January 6. Be there, it will be crazy, then wrote the tenant of the White House on Twitter.
This post would have served as a call to action, and in some cases a call to arms, for many of President Trump's loyal supporters, said Democrat Stephanie Murphy. /p>
With videos and montages, the commission was able to detail how Donald Trump's appeal was relayed by the various radio hosts, youtubers and conservative personalities.
One of them even mentions the possibility of attacking the Capitol.
Donald Trump's message has also electrified and galvanized his supporters, especially dangerous extremist groups like the Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys, and other groups of racists and white nationalists ready to fight the government. raised the elected Democrat Jamie Raskin.
January 6 rioters wearing the colors of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia.
The commission also detailed how the various radical groups coordinated ahead of January 6 through private discussions on Facebook and online forums. They exchanged all the more regularly with Roger Stone, a close friend of Donald Trump.
They may not like to call themselves militias, but it' x27;is the case […] It's a violent militia, asserted Jason Van Tatenhove, a former spokesman for the Oath Keepers.
Arriving in the American capital with paramilitary equipment, the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys quickly interested federal prosecutors.
Several of their members have been charged in recent months with sedition, a very rare charge that involves conspiring against the government or any of its laws.
The House Committee also received testimony on Tuesday from a repentant Trumpist, who entered the Capitol on January 6, 2021 and who has since lost his job and was forced to sell his house.
It changed my life, and certainly not for the better, said Stephen Ayres, who went to hug several police officers injured during the storming of the Capitol at the end of the year. #x27;hearing.
The January 6 commission finally wanted to sweep away the possibility that Donald Trump could have been manipulated by anyone in his maneuvers to invalidate the result of the 2020 election.
President Trump is a 76-year-old man, not an easy child to impress, assured elected Liz Cheney, one of the few Republicans to have agreed to sit on this commission.
Donald Trump cannot shirk responsibility by being willfully blind, she argues, as some call for the former president to be indicted for his post-election maneuvers . The Republican billionaire, who openly flirts with the idea of running for president in 2024, vehemently denounces the work of the commission, calling its members Tuesday politicos and thugs.
His party, which he still controls with an iron fist, has already promised to bury the conclusions of this commission if the Conservatives were to take control of the House of Representatives during the midterm legislative elections in November.