“I think it was the largest crowd I’ve ever spoken before. It went from that point — which is almost at the White house — to beyond the Washington monument. It was — and wide. And it was a loving crowd, too, by the way,” Trump stated in the audio recording taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker throughout an interview for their new guide, “I Alone Can Fix It.”
“There was a lot of love. I’ve heard that from everybody. Many, many people have told me that was a loving crowd,” the previous President added.
Trump’s feedback underscore the huge GOP effort to downplay the Capitol riot. In the months since January 6, the previous President and Republican lawmakers in each chambers have provided false accounts of the assault that battle with reams of video proof, felony costs filed in opposition to contributors and regulation enforcement officers’ testimony.
In the March interview audio that aired Wednesday night, Trump additionally claimed that he had needed the crowd to “show” however not “go in” the Capitol.
In actuality, nevertheless, it was solely after pleading from aides and congressional allies contained in the besieged constructing on January 6 that Trump launched a video urging the rioters to “go home,” whereas nonetheless fanning their baseless grievances about a stolen election.
“We love you,” Trump stated in the video. “You’re very special.” Later, he appeared to justify the actions in a tweet, writing, “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away.”
The guide, which was launched on Tuesday, chronicles Trump’s closing yr as president, with a behind-the-scenes have a look at how senior administration officers and Trump’s inside circle navigated his more and more unhinged conduct after he misplaced the election. The authors interviewed Trump for greater than two hours.