Former President Donald Trump mysteriously canceled his January 6 Mar-a-Lago press conference, sending out a statement Tuesday night that he would be discussing ‘those topics’ instead at his January 15 Arizona rally.
‘In light of the total bias and dishonesty of the January 6th Unselect Committee of Democrats, two failed Republicans, and the Fake News Media, I am canceling the January 6th Press Conference at Mar-a-Lago on Thursday, and instead will discuss many of those important topics at my rally on Saturday, January 15th, in Arizona,’ he wrote, adding, ‘It will be a big crowd!’
The ex-president was to face reporters at his Palm Beach resort on the anniversary of the deadly Capitol attack, while in Washington President Joe Biden and Congressional leaders are expected to make solemn tributes on the one-year anniversary of Trump’s MAGA mob storming the Capitol Building.
Former President Donald Trump, photographed on New Year’s Eve, mysteriously canceled his January 6 Mar-a-Lago press conference, sending out a statement Tuesday night that he would be discussing ‘those topics’ instead at his January 15 Arizona rally
Trump was supposed to host reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort on Janaury 6, which marks the one-year anniversary of the MAGA mob storming the U.S. Capitol. Instead he said Tuesday night that he’ll address ‘those topics’ at his January 15 Arizona rally
Axios reported Tuesday night that several of Trump’s key allies – including GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham and Fox News Channel host Laura Ingraham – questioned whether holding a press conference on the anniversary was smart.
Graham told Axios that he and Trump discussed the forthcoming press conference during a game of golf over the weekend.
Graham said he told the ex-president, who brought the press conference up, ‘there could be peril in doing a news conference. … Best to focus on election reform instead.’
Axios also reported that Republican Congressional leaders viewed the Trump press conference as a political headache.
Ingraham had asked GOP Rep. Jim Banks, a Trump ally, a leading question on whether he thought it was ‘smart for President Trump to do a rally on particular day, versus next week or the week before?’
Banks said he was looking forward to the press conference.
Trump claimed Tuesday that he scratched the press event because it has ‘become more and more obvious to ALL’ that the ‘LameStream Media will not report the facts.’
The ex-president then, again, peddled a false claim that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Capitol Sergeant-at-Arms denied requests from the D.C. National Guard and the military to be present at the Capitol that day.
Last month, Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill told USA Today that her office was not consulted or contacted in regards to any National Guard requests ahead of January 6 – the day lawmakers gathered to certify Biden’s election.
Hammill added that Pelosi doesn’t have the power to reject that type of request.
‘This is the Democrats’ Great Cover-Up Committee and the Media is complicit,’ Trump charged.
Trump also accused Rep. Adam Schiff, one of the Democratic members of the committee and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, of changing a statement made by Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, a top Trump ally.
The committee had previously said that a graphic created for Schiff of a text message sent by Jordan included a period added ‘inadvertently.’
‘Why will Crazy Nancy Pelosi not provide her communications with the House Sergeant-at-Arms and the House Chief Administrative Officer, or promise to retain these vital messages, which many feel she has already destroyed—perhaps illegally?’ Trump also asked.
‘Also, why is the primary reason for the people coming to Washington D.C., which is the fraud of the 2020 Presidential Election, not the primary topic of the Unselect Committee’s investigation?’ he continued. ‘This was, indeed, the Crime of the Century.’
Trump lost the 2020 election to Biden, but continues to push the so-called ‘big lie’ – that he was robbed a second term due to election fraud.
‘I look forward to seeing our Great American patriots in Arizona next weekend for a big rally to Save America!’ Trump added.
The January 15 rally, which coincides with civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, will take place in Florence, a small town outside of Phoenix.
Representatives from MLK’s family will be in Phoenix on January 15 holding a rally pushing for federal voting rights protections, bills that Trump doesn’t support.