Trump Urges Coup Crowd To Head To Capitol To Harass Legislators, Suggests He Might Join

President Donald Trump speaks to supporters from the Ellipse near the White House on January 6, 2021. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
January 6, 2021 12:37 p.m.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday hinted that he would join his supporters marching to the Capitol Building to harass legislators who are convening to certify Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

“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,” Trump said from a stage set up outside the White House, after noting “I’ll be there with you” to the assembled thousands.

“We’re never going to take back our country with weakness,” he added. “You have to show strength and you have to be strong.”

Though at one point he mentioned the demonstration outside the Capitol being “peaceful,” Trump repeatedly emphasized that Republicans had to “fight” and “be strong” for him to steal a second term.

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“We want to be so nice,” he said. “We want to be so respectful of everybody, including bad people, and we’re going to have to fight much harder.”

Separately, he referenced Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), who’s spoken out against Trump’s effort to subvert democracy and on Tuesday was harassed by Trump supporters on a flight to Washington, D.C.

“I wonder if he enjoyed his flight in,” Trump snarked approvingly.

“I’m going to be watching,” Trump added later. “Because history is going to be made. We’re going to see whether or not we have great and courageous leaders, or whether or not we have leaders that should be ashamed of themselves throughout history. Throughout eternity, they’ll be ashamed.”

“If they do the wrong thing, we should never ever forget that they did,” he said. “Never forget.”

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