Trump returned to the scene of a coup attempt for the first time since leaving office

WASHINGTON — The nation’s only president to attempt a coup to stay in power returned to the nation’s capital for the first time since leaving office, where he renewed lies about the stolen election that led to the January 6, 2021, election. American democracy was attacked. .

“It was a disaster, that election. A disgrace to our country,” Donald Trump said Tuesday, and then repeated his lie that he had won re-election in 2020. “I ran the first time and I won, and I ran the second time, and I did a lot better. Millions and millions more votes. … It’s very sad.”

Trump spoke for 91 minutes at a conference of the America First Policy Institute, a nonprofit founded by his former aides that received a $1 million grant from his own “led” political action committee. was It was Democrat Joe Biden’s first visit to Washington since leaving the White House on the morning of January 20, 2021, hours before his inauguration.

Just a mile from the Marriott Marquis Hotel, the site of a two-day conference that included former Trump administration officials and other pro-Trump voices, is the Ellipse, the park just south of the White House where Trump held his ceremony. what was rally of rebellion. There, he instigated the final part of his coup attempt, an attempt to use his angry crowd to pressure his vice president and Congress to let Trump stay in power.

That pressure campaign, as well as the related work of sending fake Trump electoral vote slates from six states that Biden won handily to the National Archives, is now under investigation by the Justice Department. The attempt to do so in Georgia is under investigation by the Fulton County district attorney, who is also investigating Trump’s attempt to force state election officials to “find” 11,780 absentee ballots for him, which the state Enough to flip from Biden to Trump. .

A video of former President Donald Trump is shown on the screen during Thursday’s hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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Trump’s speech on Tuesday focused on violent crime, portraying a nation where no one is safe, thanks to Democratic mayors and governors who support criminals over police.

“Our country is going to hell, and it’s going to hell very fast,” he said. “There should be a squad car on every corner, if that’s the case….we’re a war zone.”

He advocated the death penalty for drug dealers and putting homeless people in shelters, mental hospitals or, if necessary, prisons.

“Right now, they’re putting homeless people in super-luxury hotels,” he said.

As soon as he arrived in Washington, he complained about the homeless camps as well as the garbage on the streets. “It is not recognizable what happened,” he said.

Trump then stopped reading from his teleprompter to talk about the need to protect women’s sports from those whose gender was assigned male at birth, and then he told Republicans stopped going through a list of policies on trade, immigration and the voting system. Again repeated his false claims about 2020 election.

“Our goal should be same-day voting with paper ballots only,” he said.

He said he looked forward to giving more “policy” speeches, then went off script and complained about the investigation into his 2016 campaign’s Russian contacts and his two impeachments in the House of Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“He impeached me twice just because he had the votes,” he said.

In fact, the Trump campaign was investigated because it knowingly accepted help from Russian spies in 2016. He was impeached in 2020 for trying to hold $391 million in military aid to Ukraine hostage to help with his 2020 re-election campaign, and was impeached in 2021. Because of the mutiny he had instigated as part of the coup attempt.

Trump, despite losing 7 million votes nationally and 306-232 in the Electoral College, became the first president in more than two centuries to refuse to cede power peacefully. His instigation of the attack on the Capitol on January 6 resulted in the death of five people, including a police officer, the injury of another 140 officers and the suicide of four policemen.

Despite this, Trump remains a dominant figure in the Republican Party and is openly talking about running for president again in 2024.

In statements on his personal social media platforms, Trump has continued to lie about the election and the work of the House Select Committee on January 6, calling it a “hoax” along with the Russian aid and Ukraine extortion probes. Is.

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