Seven People Died in Connection With the Capitol Attack. Trump Just Called the Insurrection a ‘Hoax’
Ex-President Trump gathers supporters in Wyoming
During a rally for Republican Harriet Hageman, former President Donald Trump addressed an arena that was far from full and spoke of "the hoax of the uprising." Hageman is running against anti-Trump Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) in a primary.
"As one of the leading proponents of the riot hoax, Liz Cheney propagated a grotesquely false, fabricated, hysterical, partisan narrative, and that was the narrative of the day," he said. According to a bipartisan Senate investigation, seven people died in connection with the very real attack.
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Trump is likely targeting Cheney's race out of personal vendetta. Cheney is one of only two Republicans serving on the panel investigating the attack on the Capitol. Cheney also voted to impeach Trump after the riot. "She's gone insane... totally insane," Trump said of the congresswoman.
Before Trump took the stage, Hageman addressed the crowd. The candidate warned her supporters that Democrats will "turn the greatest country in the world into a third loser." But one of Hageman's biggest lines of applause came when she said, "We're fed up with the January 6 Commission and these people who think they can gaslight us," one in a long list of right-wing complaints that ended with: "We're fed up with Liz Cheney."
Trump targeted Cheney several times throughout the speech, sometimes citing her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, in his attacks. "The Cheneys and George Bush didn't even pardon Scooter Libby... You know who did? I did. ... I apologized to Scooter Libby. They couldn't do it, wouldn't do it," he said, adding, "Scooter Libby was screwed." Libby is Dick Cheney's former chief of staff who was convicted of lying to the FBI during the investigation leaked the name of CIA officer Valerie Plame to the media. (However, Libby doesn't appear to have hard feelings towards the congresswoman, given that she donated to Cheney's 2022 campaign.)
Trump again tried to tie Liz Cheney to her father by showing a manipulated image of the congressmen with the face of George W. Bush. The picture had been shown to the crowd earlier in the day. "The Cheneys have never seen a war they didn't like," Trump said before the image appeared onscreen, claiming that when he was in office, "we were respected. Nobody wanted to go to war with us. We didn't have to go to war for people to know we were the toughest and strongest."
Throughout the speech, Trump kept coming back to the January 6 topic. “Now look at the so-called word insurrection. 6th January. What a crap. What a bummer," Trump said. But the word insurrection is defined as "a violent insurrection against an authority or government," which certainly seems appropriate. But not according to Trump, who said the uprising was "another scam, just like Russia, Russia, Russia." "This was made up by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, a completely false story," he said. The former president then claimed he had been investigated more than Al Capone and any list of other notorious criminals in history.
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