Trump gushed that they were ‘fighting for me’ as he ‘happily’ watched the Capitol Riot on TV: ex-aide
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Then-President Donald Trump watched the violence on the United States Capitol “happily” unfold on television a year ago from the White House dining room, and exclaimed: “Look at all the people fighting for me,” her former press secretary Stephanie Grisham revealed Thursday on CNN.
Grisham, who has harshly criticized the former president since leaving the Trump administration after the insurgency, was asked on CNN’s “New Day” about reports that aides and even family members have begged Trump to intercede to end the violence.
“I don’t know specifically” about it, Grisham said, although she added, “I know Mrs. Trump didn’t” urge him to take action to stop the riot.
“All I know about that day is that he was in the dining room happily watching on his television, as he often did. “Look at all the people fighting for me. Hit rewind. To review. That’s what I know, ”Grisham said.
Trump took no action to stop the violence for more than three hours, investigators determined. He had incited his supporters earlier today and encouraged them to confront Congress as he repeated the lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him.
Grisham, then working as press secretary and chief of staff to Melania Trump, said she quit her job after asking the then first lady on Jan.6 if she would tweet a message asking the rioters to stop remove. She replied emphatically, “No,” Grisham said. Trump’s tenure ended two weeks later.
Grisham met with the House select committee investigating the events of January 6, 2021 on Wednesday and spoke with lawmakers for about an hour, she told CNN. She said she answered “all the questions they asked me, and I will continue to cooperate.”
Grisham was also asked on “New Day” about texts obtained by the committee which had been sent on January 6, 2021 by Fox News host Sean Hannity to Mark Meadows, then chief of staff, begging Meadows to urge Trump to “ask people to leave the Capitol.
Grisham said she had no direct knowledge of the texts, but described Hannity as a “shadow adviser” to Trump and said she often spoke with Hannity when she worked in the White House.
“He has definitely advised the president on a lot, a lot of things to do. So it didn’t surprise me that he contacted Meadows or someone else because that was something he often did to get a message out to the president, ”Grisham said.
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