Defiant Trump Defends Actions During US Capitol Assault.

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07 Apr 2022, 1:10 pm

Trump deflects blame for Jan. 6 silence, says he wanted to march to Capitol.

"I thought it was a shame, and I kept asking why isn't she doing something about it?  Why isn’t Nancy Pelosi doing something about it?  And the mayor of D.C. also.  The mayor of D.C. and Nancy Pelosi are in charge", Trump said of the Jan. 6, 2021, coup attempt in a 45-minute interview with The Washington Post.

During the attack, Trump watched television, criticized then-Vice President Mike Pence and made calls pushing lawmakers to overturn the election as the violent mob of his supporters ransacked the Capitol.  He was eventually persuaded by lawmakers, family members and others to release a video asking his supporters to go home -- 187 minutes after he urged them to march to the Capitol during a rally near the White House.  He was described by advisers as excited about the event.

Trump, speaking Wednesday afternoon at his his palatial beachfront club, said he did not regret urging the crowd to come to Washington with a tweet stating that it would "be wild!"  He also stood by his incendiary and false rhetoric about the election at the Ellipse rally before the rioters stormed the Capitol.

Trump said he deserved more credit for drawing such a large crowd to the Ellipse -- and that he pressed to march on the Capitol with his supporters but was stopped by his security detail.  "Secret Service said I couldn't go.  I would have gone there in a minute", he said.

The interview came after the House of Representatives voted to refer ex-Trump aides Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino for criminal contempt charges on Wednesday for defying congressional subpoenas to testify about the riot.

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Summary: Not only did Trump incite the riot and coup attempt, leaving Nancy Pelosi and Muriel Bowser to stop it, but he was excited about it and believes he deserves credit for having done so.

It is like he proudly took a megadump in a mansion and complained about the filth while demanding the owners clean it up.