The left is in a tizzy over a year-old blooper reel that shows former President Donald Trump refusing to say the 2020 presidential election was over.
Considering that the president continues to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election to this day, it’s unclear why this video matters at all.
Nevertheless, the reel made waves on the left after the Jan. 6th committee played it for the public during the committee’s latest hearing on Thursday.
Recorded on Jan. 7th, 2021, which was the day after the infamous Jan. 6th riot, the video specifically showed the president complaining about the words on the teleprompter that he was being asked to read aloud.
At one point, he read the following from the teleprompter: “[T]his election is now over. Congress has certified the results.”
But this was not how he wanted to word the message:
” I don’t want to say the election is over. I just want to say Congress has certified the results without saying the election is over, OK?” he said.
This, according to the left, is “damning” proof of the president’s “mindset or intent”:
“I don’t want to say the election is over.” — Former President Trump, when he knew the election was over.
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 22, 2022
“I don’t want to say the election is over”. Donald Trump on January 7th – refusing to read a script designed to calm a nation.
— Chris Jansing (@ChrisJansing) July 22, 2022
After the testimony from Trump staffers, senior WH officials, lawyers, GOP elected officials all telling Trump that he lost the election, there is no longer any doubt about his mindset or intent: he told us in his own words “I don’t want to say the election is over.” #Jan6
— Michael Steele (@MichaelSteele) July 22, 2022
In one of the most damning parts of the hearing, previously unaired outtakes capture Trump saying, “I don’t want to say the election is over,” just a day after an angry mob attacked the Capitol.
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) July 22, 2022
But it’s unclear what’s so “damning” about video footage that only further confirms what’s already known, which is that the former president genuinely believes the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him by current President Joe Biden?
In fact, the former president’s still trying to overturn the election.
“Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos revealed on Wednesday that Trump called him earlier this month and tried to convince him to decertify the state’s 2020 presidential-election results,” New York magazine reported on Thursday.
“On July 8, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that the use of unattended ballot drop boxes is not legal and the Wisconsin Elections Commission had overstepped when it allowed the use of drop boxes to return absentee ballots in 2020. Trump called Vos the day after the ruling, arguing that it meant Biden’s Wisconsin win should be decertified.”
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says former President Trump called him last week in another push to decertify Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential results after the WI Supreme Court ruling on absentee ballot drop boxes. Shortly after, Vos says, Trump posted on social media calling him a RINO pic.twitter.com/rLFtYtHlh6
— Matt Smith (@mattsmith_news) July 19, 2022
Trump’s post on Truth Social pic.twitter.com/qwcFAcl68J
— Matt Smith (@mattsmith_news) July 19, 2022
During another point in the reel, Trump complained about reading the following line: “And to 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 …”
He stopped at “broke the law” to complain that he “can’t say that.”
“I already said you will pay,” he added.
So, he was just trying to not be repetitive.
Yet, once again the left believes this blooper proves something nefarious:
Luria closed by recapping how Trump could not bring himself to give a message of condemnation and punishment for those who broke the law during the attack. “But instead, it was his newest version of stand back and stand by,” she said #January6thHearings
— Doina Chiacu (@DoinaChiacu) July 22, 2022
But it’s not like he ultimately didn’t call out those who’d broken the law.
Here’s what he wound up saying in the completed Jan. 7th speech: “To those who engaged in the acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law, you will pay. We have just been through an intense election and emotions are high, but now tempers must be cooled and calm restored. We must get on with the business of America.”
During Thursday’s hearing, the committee also complained about the video he’d recorded on Jan. 6th telling his rioting supporters to leave the Capitol and go home.
“The panel suggested that Trump only decided to release a video telling his supporters to go home after realizing the insurrection had failed and that his inaction amounted to a dereliction of duty and a violation of his oath of office,” according to Newsweek.
And the committee claimed he’d done nothing to stop the riot besides record the video.
“During the time between his ‘fight like hell’ speech at the Ellipse and telling his supporters to go home, Trump refused to listen to his advisers, including Ivanka, urging him to tell his supporters to call off the riot,” Newsweek notes.
“A number of witness testimonies also stated that Trump didn’t make any calls to law enforcement or national security departments during the January 6 attack to request help in stopping the violence.”
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