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Trump’s false shots after the assault on Capitol Hill: “I don’t want to say that the elections are over”

Outtakes of Donald Trump’s taped speech the day after the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on Capitol Hill show the former president insistently saying, “I don’t want to say the election is over.”

Trump’s entourage met days before with the far-right groups that stormed the Capitol

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The images, unpublished until then, were reproduced for the first time in the ninth of the dramatic public hearings of the commission of the House of Representatives that investigates the assault. Thursday’s session focused on Trump’s refusal to act while the assault by his supporters was taking place.

The vice chair of the investigative committee, Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney, said there will be more hearings in September.

The video showing Trump attempting to record the speech was filmed on the night of January 7, more than 24 hours after the then-president incited a mob to attack the Capitol in an attempt to delay or stop the certification of the electoral victory of the current president, Joe Biden.

That process was chaired by Trump’s Vice President, Mike Pence. Thursday’s hearing contained shocking new evidence that Pence’s Secret Service agents thought he and they might be killed.

The attack failed, but has been linked to nine deaths and nearly 900 people have been charged with crimes and misdemeanors, including conspiracy and sedition charges.

Trump continues his lie that the election was the subject of large-scale voter fraud and has suggested that he will soon announce a new presidential bid. He could still face criminal charges.

Angry and hitting the lectern

In footage played in Congress on Thursday, Trump is seen trying to deliver the speech, with mistakes and grumbling and off-screen prompts from his daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump.

“I’d like to start by addressing yesterday’s heinous attack,” Trump begins, before pausing.

Then he continues: “And those who broke the law, you will pay. You do not represent our movement, you do not represent our country. And if you broke the law…”

Trump stands up again, wagging a finger and shaking his head.

“I can’t say that,” he says. “I’m not going to do it, I’ve already said ‘you’ll pay for it’”.

After the break, Trump starts again: “The protesters who have infiltrated the Capitol have desecrated the headquarters of … it’s ‘desecrated,’ right? I can’t see it very well. I’m going to do this. I’m going to do this. Let’s go”.

“But this election is already over. Congress has certified the results,” he says, and that is when the president stops again.

“I don’t want to say that the elections are over. I just want to say that Congress has certified the results without saying that the election is over, okay?” she says.

Ivanka Trump is heard giving directions and suggestions off camera. Trump pulls himself together, pounding his fist on the lectern, and starts again.

“I’d like to start by addressing yesterday’s heinous attacks,” but he pauses again, saying, “‘Yesterday’ is a difficult word for me.”

Ivanka says, “Just take it off. She gave ‘the heinous attack’”.

Trump says: “Oh well, take out the word ‘yesterday’ because it doesn’t work with ‘the heinous attack on our country.’ Say ‘in our country’. Do you mean that?”

Starting over, Trump says, “My sole goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote.”

He pauses and frowns, then repeats: “My only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote.”

Frustrated, Trump hits the lectern again.

Translation of Lara Lema

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