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Donald Trump begs supporters to “rise up” just before anniversary of Capitol Insurrection

The Capitol was vandalized during the 1/6 riots.
The Capitol was vandalized during the 1/6 riots.Photo: Shutterstock

One year after the January 6, 2021 Capitol Insurrection, Donald Trump is telling his supporters to “rise up” and oppose the Biden administration.

“Now, there’s talk by the Biden Administration again about closing schools and even vaccine mandates for school children,” Trump incorrectly stated in a press release yesterday, the day before the one-year anniversary of the Capitol Insurrection. “This is an outrage, and MAGA nation should rise up and oppose this egregious federal government overreach.”

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On January 6, 2021, Trump supporters who believed that President Joe Biden had secretly and successfully stolen millions of ballots across multiple states to usurp the presidency stormed the Capitol with the intent of stopping Congress from accepting the states’ election results. The crowd chanted for the death of Mike Pence – who was presiding over the Senate that day – and fashioned a makeshift noose as elected officials were swept to safety by the Secret Service and Capitol Police.

Five people died as a result of the day’s events.

Trump was later impeached a second time for his role in inciting the crowd with inflammatory lies about how the election was stolen, both online in the weeks leading up to the attempted coup and just before at a rally held in walking distance of the Capitol.

“We’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them,” he said at the rally a year ago today. “Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong. We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated.”

Former White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said that, after the rally, Trump returned to the White House and “gleefully” watched on TV as his supporters overwhelmed Capitol Police and stormed Congress to overturn the election results.

“He was in the dining room, gleefully watching on his TV, as he often did, ‘Look at all of the people fighting for me,’ hitting rewind, watching it again,” Grisham said on CNN.

It took Trump over three hours to tell his supporters to back down.

Biden is not trying to pass a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students. In fact, he has stated that he is not seeking to expand vaccine mandates at all this winter.

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