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Donald Trump defies belief with new version of January 6 “We Fight Like Hell” speech

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Donald Trump tried to turn his inflammatory speech before the January 6 insurgency into something much softer and measured on Friday night.

The former president, in an interview with Laura Ingraham of Fox News, claimed that the inflammatory speech that prompted his supporters to storm the United States Capitol in a bid to cancel the 2020 election was “extremely calming”.

“Honestly, I have nothing to hide,” Trump told Ingraham in conversation about federal appeals court refusal to let him block disclosure of records to House committee investigating violence January 6.

“I wasn’t involved in this,” Trump said. “And if you look at my words and what I said in the speech, they were extremely calming, actually.”

The insurgency took place on election day, Trump said. The attack on the Capitol was just a protest, he added.

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A transcript of Trump’s speech, however, shows him repeatedly ranting about ‘fake news media’, pushing the baseless conspiracy theory that the election was ‘rigged’ and vowing to ‘never give up’ and “never give in. “

“Our country has had enough,” he said at one point. “You will never take our country back with weakness,” he added, encouraging supporters to “show strength” and “be strong”.

“And we are fighting. We fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you won’t have a country anymore, ”he added. After the violence, Trump was dismissed (for the second time) for inciting an insurgency.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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