- Former assistants told CNN that Donald Trump was watching as his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.
- “He loved watching the Capitol mob,” a former senior White House official told the outlet.
- The House indicted Trump last month on charges of inciting an uprising.
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Donald Trump’s former aides told CNN that Trump was pleased to watch his supporters attack the U.S. Capitol in the final days of his presidency.
The January 6 capitol riot, which began shortly after Trump gave a speech near the White House, falsely claiming to win the 2020 election, resulted in five deaths, including the killing of a U.S. capitol police officer.
As the violence unfolded last month, both Republicans and Democrats have asked Trump to intervene – calling on his supporters to stop. For hours, however, he remained largely silent, aloof in the White House, and reportedly consuming cable news.
CNN quoted a former Trump official who said the president enjoyed what was seen on screen: people – wearing MAGA caps and Trump flags – break into the home of the federal government’s legislative branch.
Trump “liked to watch the Capitol mob,” the unnamed former official told CNN.
Last month, The Washington Post reported that Trump was slow to call for an end to the riot – which he began hours after calling the rioters “special” in a video posted to Twitter – because he watched it live on television.
“It was hard to reach and you know why? Because it was live TV,” Trump’s consultant told The Post. “If you’re a TiVo, you just pause and answer the calls. If you’re on live TV, you’re watching and just watching the whole thing unfold.”
The Democrat-controlled house acquitted Trump soon after, accusing him of inciting an uprising. The second indictment hearing in the Senate will begin on Tuesday.
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