Former President Donald Trump again attempted to rewrite the narrative on the January 6 insurrection, claiming that his speech ahead of the storming of the United States Capitol was "extremely calming" despite all evidence of the contrary.
Trump made the claim during a phone interview with Fox News personality Laura Ingraham, who had asked him whether he believes his claim that executive privilege shields him from cooperating with a House committee investigating the insurrection will hold up.
You can hear what Trump said in the video below.
Insisting that the "biggest loser" in the event he asserts executive privilege would be President Joe Biden, Trump insisted that he has "nothing to hide" despite doing everything in his power to avoid cooperating with the ongoing investigation.
Then, referring to the speech he gave at a rally ahead of the insurrection, he added:
"I have nothing to hide. I wasn’t involved with that and if you look at my words and what I said in the speech, they were extremely calming, actually."
"But I would think that the Democrats would like to see it, and I think the Democrats would secretly like to see it upheld."
In fact, a transcript of Trump's speech that day shows that he spent much of his time repeatedly claiming that the 2020 general election was "rigged" and vowing to “never give up” and “never concede.”
Trump also urged his supporters to march on the Capitol and stop the electoral certification of President Joe Biden's win, as you can see in the video below.
Many pointed out that if Trump truly has "nothing to hide" then he would actually cooperate with the investigation.
Trump's claim is his latest lie about the day yet.
Trump previously referred to January 6 as "a very beautiful time with extremely loving and friendly people — the largest crowd that I've ever spoken before — with tremendous spirit."
In October he claimed that the "real insurrection" happened when he lost the 2020 general election to President Biden.
He has even floated the absurd claim that former Vice President Mike Pence was “well-protected” during the attack.
In fact, video footage from that day shows the angry mob chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” and “Bring out Pence!” as they search for him through the halls of the Capitol. The mob set up makeshift gallows outside the Capitol, indicating that they intended to make good on their threat.
Trump's claims also ignore the assessment from his own intelligence agencies that determined the election was both free and fair.
In fact, a statement from the Trump administration's own Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), part of a joint statement from the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council and the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Executive Committees, affirmed the agencies found "no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised."