A newly-released clip of Donald Trump boasting to author and ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl will likely be “highly valuable evidence for the prosecution,” according to CNN legal experts and will likely wind up in “the trial.” Presumably that refers to Jack Smith’s federal January 6th case but I could see repercussions in Georgia’s election interference case, too.
In typical Trump-narcissistic fashion, his primary thought was to boast about the crowd size and to whine that the media didn’t properly note it.
TRUMP: But if you look at the real size of that crowd, it was never reported correctly. There were – it’s the biggest crowd I’ve ever spoken in front of by far, really by far. That went down to the Washington, that went back to the Washington Monument.
But then, in a stupid effort to blame the Secret Service for the violence and mayhem, Trump wound up incriminating his own self.
KARL: You told them you were going to go up to the Capitol. Were you just –
TRUMP: No, I was going to, and then Secret Service said, you can’t and then by the time – I would have and then when I got back, I saw – I wanted to go back. I was thinking about going back during the problem to stop the problem, doing it myself. Secret Service didn’t like that idea too much. I could have done that and you know what? I would have been very well received. Don’t forget the people that went to Washington that day, in my opinion, they went because they thought the election was rigged. That’s why they went.
We all know that the Orange-haired coward would never have walked into the middle of a murderous, rampaging crowd, even if they were “his people.” But Trump’s statement is a blatant admission that he knew, or at least believed, he had the power to stop the insurrection. Unfortunately for the malignant narcissist, the documented evidence shows that his allies pleaded with him to do something to stop it and he chose not to.