In a recent intense interview conducted by Kristen Welker, the newly appointed moderator of Meet The Press, former President Donald Trump faced a barrage of questions concerning his actions on January 6th and why he did not take more decisive measures to quell the riot incited by his supporters at the U.S. Capitol.
During Welker’s inaugural interview with Trump since assuming her role, the conversation delved into Trump’s unfounded claims about the 2020 election and his relentless efforts to overturn his electoral defeat to President Joe Biden.
“TELL ME HOW YOU WATCHED THIS ALL UNFOLD. WERE YOU IN THE DINING ROOM WATCHING TV?” WELKER INQUIRED.
TRUMP’S RESPONSE WAS EVASIVE. “I’M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU,” HE RETORTED. WELKER PRESSED FURTHER, ASKING, “WHAT DID YOU DO WHEN THE CAPITOL WAS UNDER ATTACK, THOUGH?”
Trump disputed the startling testimony provided by Cassidy Hutchinson, a former top aide to Mark Meadows. Seeking clarity, Welker pressed Trump to describe his actions as his supporters stormed Congress in an attempt to disrupt the certification of the 2020 election results.
Trump referred to a video he had released in which he urged his supporters to disperse, even though he continued to perpetuate the false narrative that had fueled their assault on the Capitol. Welker noted the significant time gap, emphasizing that his message was issued over three hours after the attack had commenced, around 4 o’clock in the afternoon.
The exchange persisted as Welker probed Trump regarding his communications and efforts to enlist assistance in quelling the riot on that pivotal day.
“WHY WOULD I TELL YOU THAT?” TRUMP RESPONDED, ONCE AGAIN ADVANCING THE MISLEADING ARGUMENT THAT FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI HAD ALLOWED THE RIOT TO OCCUR. TRUMP REPEATEDLY REFUSED TO DISCLOSE WHETHER HE HAD REACHED OUT TO THE MILITARY OR LAW ENFORCEMENT TO ADDRESS THE CRISIS, EVEN AS WELKER UNDERSCORED THAT “NANCY PELOSI DOESN’T HAVE THE AUTHORITY THAT YOU HAVE AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF… WHY DIDN’T YOU SEND HELP IN THAT MOMENT?”
This exchange reflects the ongoing scrutiny and controversy surrounding the events of January 6th. Investigators, journalists, and the public are actively seeking a clearer understanding of the former president’s actions during that tumultuous day in American history.