Former US President Donald Trump spoke about the storming of the Capitol in an interview. Trump defended the mob as “peaceful” and “great”.
Washington – Half a year has now passed since the violent assault on the US Capitol in Washington. The verdict on the behavior of former US President Donald Trump and his supporters during these days was similarly clear around the world. Only Trump himself did not want to admit it and steadfastly defended the beating mob. In an interview with the TV broadcaster Fox News Trump presented again his very own view of the events of January 6th.
After the former US president was hooked up by phone, he declared the event in retrospective to be a peaceful rally for his supporters. More than a million people gathered that day, for one reason only: “They felt that the election was rigged.” Trump described those present as “peaceful”, “great” people. There was “love in the air”, he had never experienced anything like it.
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On January 6th, hundreds of supporters of the then US president gained access to the Capitol and overran the security forces. Previously, Trump had incited the masses with allegations of fraud in the US election in a speech. Five people died, including a police officer. Numerous others were injured. According to the US authorities, around 800 suspected stormers of the Capitol have now been identified, around 500 of whom are facing charges.
In an interview with Fox News Trump also commented on one of the deaths. According to the authorities, 35-year-old Ahli Babbitt was part of a group that wanted to gain access to a protected area of the House of Representatives. Among other things, panes of glass were broken, Babbitt had then tried to get in through the broken door. The woman was shot in the left shoulder by a police officer and she later succumbed to her injuries.
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Trump called Babbitt in the interview an “innocent, wonderful, unbelievable woman” and speculated with the TV presenter who could have shot her. The truth will come to light, said the former US president. Trump indicated that the shooter was the head of the security staff of a “high democratic official”. As is so often the case, he did not provide any evidence for his allegations. (fmü)