From President Donald J. Trump:
“Thank you to Jeffrey Lord! Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post were always against me until I won. This is nothing different, except now we have an incredible record of accomplishment as President of the United States, a record like few others.”
The headline on a recent, amazingly wrong New York Post editorial was this:
Trump’s silence on Jan. 6 is damning
Over there at the Post’s sister publication, our friends at the Wall Street Journal, was a similar headline:
The President Who Stood Still on Jan. 6
Even as the riot raged at the Capitol, Trump wouldn’t tell his supporters to stop.
Hello? Say what? Where to begin with a factual correction for both the Post and WSJ? Both of them are personal favorites of mine and daily must-reads.
Let’s start with the White House rally on January 6 which preceded the events at the Capitol. As I have mentioned before, I had a literal front-row seat at that rally. I quite distinctly heard President Donald Trump, standing mere yards from me, tell his supporters to march “peacefully and patriotically” to the Capitol.
When the rally was over, I went not to the Capitol but to my Marriott hotel room to fulfill my television commitments for the rest of the afternoon. The president, obviously against his will, was returned to the White House.
That’s where the WSJ amazingly if unconsciously notes: “At about 1:30 p.m. he went to the dining room…”
The WSJ then notes that the Capitol was breached at “2:13 p.m.” and that:
At 2:38 Mr. Trump tweeted: “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”
Which is to say a mere 25 minutes after the Capitol was breached — not 187 minutes, as the January 6 Committee lies — Trump asked his supporters to “stay peaceful” — for the second time — and added a request to:
Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country.
Particularly startling is the WSJ saying Trump sat watching the chaos and was “refusing to send help.” It also says:
Mr. Trump took an oath to defend the Constitution, and he had a duty as Commander in Chief to protect the Capitol from a mob attacking it in his name. He refused. He didn’t call the military to send help.
Amazingly not noted in either piece is what Trump did in the run-up to January 6, specifically to protect the Capitol and the crowd of protestors.
Here is the headline from ace investigative reporter John Solomon’s Just the News:
Trump Pentagon first offered National Guard to Capitol four days before Jan. 6 riots, memo shows
Official Capitol Police timeline validates Trump administration’s account, shows Democrats’ fateful rejections of offers. “Seems absolutely illogical,” one official wrote about security posture hours before riot began.
Solomon reports this:
The Pentagon first raised the possibility of sending National Guard troops to the U.S. Capitol four days before the Jan. 6 riots, setting in motion a series of rejections by Capitol Police and Democrats that left Congress vulnerable as threats of violence were rising, according to government memos that validate Trump administration officials’ long-held claims.
Over at Townhall, columnist Deroy Murdock asks this:
Likewise, if Donald J. Trump (DJT) wanted his supporters to storm Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021, and disrupt that day’s congressional certification of Electoral College votes, would he — two days earlier (sic) — have approved 10,000 to 20,000 Washington, D.C. National Guard (DCNG) soldiers to stymie his own seditious plans?
You read that right. Before January 6 — four days before according to the official Capitol Police timeline — the president authorized the use of 10,000 to 20,000 National Guard troops to protect the Capitol and did so in front of Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, Miller’s chief of staff Kash Patel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley, and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. All of this is confirmed by Fox’s Sean Hannity. Yet the Post said:
What matters more — and has become crystal clear in recent days — is that Trump didn’t lift a finger to stop the violence that followed.
Say what? Say again, anticipating a problem four days before January 6 according to the Capitol Police timeline proves exactly that Trump authorized the deployment of 10,000 to 20,000 National Guard troops quite specifically in case there was violence. There it is in black and white. It is, to borrow from the Post, “crystal clear” that Trump authorized thousands of troops to stop any violence.
Read the full article from the American Spectator here.