Trump aide Hope Hicks texted ‘we look like domestic terrorists’ on January 6 | Attack on the United States Capitol
Hope Hicks, a key former ally of Donald Trump, texted another White House aide ‘we all look like domestic terrorists now’ as supporters of the then-president stormed the US Capitol on 6 January 2021.
The fear was expressed in a message sent by Trump’s former communications director to Julie Radford, his daughter’s chief of staff and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, the afternoon of the deadly Capitol riot.
It’s part of a telling exchange between the couple released as supporting evidence by the Jan. 6 House committee that investigated Trump’s efforts to stay in power following his loss to Joe Biden.
The panel released its final report last month accusing the one-term president of a “multi-party conspiracy” to thwart the will of the people and overthrow democracy.
According to reports reported by The Hill on Monday, Hicks and Radford engaged in an increasingly resigned conversation as the Trump-incited crowd overwhelmed security and swarmed the Capitol, while Trump himself chose to look on. television and ignore pleas from aides, including Hicks, to call for an end to the violence.
“In one day, he terminated all future opportunities that did not include speaking at the local Proud Boys chapter,” Hicks sent Radford, in an apparent reference to Trump and the violent right-wing group the Proud Boys.
“Yeah,” Radford replied.
In another post, Hicks wrote: ‘And all of us who had no scheduled jobs will be perpetually unemployed’, adding that ‘I’m so angry and upset’.
“We all look like domestic terrorists now,” she wrote.
“Oh yeah, I’ve been crying for an hour,” Radford replied.
The exchange then turned to Alyssa Farah Griffin, Trump’s director of strategic communications who resigned weeks before the riot after the November 2020 election. Griffin, now a political commentator for CNN and co-host of The View on ABC , later told reporters that she quit because she “saw where this was going.”
Hicks wrote to Radford, “Not being dramatic, but we’re all fucked. Alyssa looks like a genius.
Radford was less complimentary about Stephanie Grisham, a former White House press secretary who became chief of staff to then-first lady Melania Trump before abruptly stepping down the day of the riot.
Grisham’s resignation was “selfish”, Radford said, according to The Hill.