President Trump today privately — and falsely — blamed “Antifa people” for storming the Capitol, even though clear video and documentary evidence exists showing the rioters were overwhelmingly Trump supporters, Axios’ Jonathan Swan reports.
Despite facing an impeachment vote for an assault he helped incite, the outgoing president is still sticking with his tried-and-true playbook of deflecting and reaching for conspiracies.
In a tense, 30-minute-plus phone call this morning with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Trump trotted out the Antifa line. McCarthy would have none of it, telling the president: “It’s not Antifa, it’s MAGA. I know. I was there,” according to a White House official and another source familiar with the call.
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New: In a tense AM call w Kevin McCarthy, President Trump today privately — and falsely — blamed “Antifa people” for storming the Capitol… McCarthy told him the riot “was MAGA” and he knew because he was in there, per WH official. https://t.co/tp8Il0NGRF #axiossneakpeek
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) January 12, 2021