NEW YORK — As he prepares to launch a new media company that will give him his own social media platform, former US President Donald Trump has stepped up his efforts to rewrite history, with the 2020 election and More lies have been spread about the deadly storm. Capital in January
This is another example of Trump trying to undermine confidence in the US electoral system.
A look at the claims and reality:
Trump: “The rebellion happened on November 3, Election Day. January 6 was the protest!” Trump said in a statement Thursday that the House held Steve Bannon, a former top Trump aide, in contempt for defying a subpoena from the committee investigating the Capitol riot.
Trump: “The unelected committee of the Partisan Democrats, and the two very weak and pathetic RINOs, must, after spending several million dollars, come to the conclusion that the real rebellion took place on 3 November, the presidential election, not on 6 January – which was a fake election. A day to protest the results,” he said in a statement on October 6. Rino is short for “Republican in Name Only” and has two Republican lawmakers on the House committee.
Fact: There was no rebellion on election day. A free and fair election was won by Democrat Joe Biden.
Despite Trump’s repeated claims, no evidence of widespread corruption has ever been found. Each state has certified its results as fair and accurate, and several state and federal election officials – including Trump’s own attorney general at the time – have stated that there was no evidence of systemic fraud or errors of scale that could have changed the result
Judges have widely agreed, even some appointed by Trump. The government’s then-top cybersecurity and election officials declared the election “the most secure in American history”, adding “there is no evidence that any voting system removed or lost votes, altered votes, or Compromised anyway.”
Biden won by the same electoral college margin that Trump won in 2016. Unlike Trump in 2016, Biden won the popular vote, receiving more than 7 million votes compared to Trump.
What happened on January 6 was also much more than a protest.
That day, inspired by lies spread by then-President Trump and his allies that the results could be reversed anyway, hundreds of his supporters surrounded the Capitol, trying to block Congress’s certification of Biden’s victory.
Rioters smashed windows, smashed barricades and overwhelmed law enforcement in the worst attack on the Capitol since the War of 1812. some branded weapons; Others wore tactical gear. Some said “Hang on to Mike Pence!” chanted. The then vice president said he did not have the power to unilaterally reverse Biden’s victory. Others hunted lawmakers, demanding to know the whereabouts of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Cal., and others. Outside, a temporary gallows was erected, complete with a noose.
At least nine people present there that day died during and after the riots, including a woman who was shot dead by police as she tried to enter the chamber of the House. Four police officers died by suicide in the days and months following the rebellion. A fifth officer, Capitol Police Officer Brian Siknick, collapsed and died after engaging with protesters. A medical examiner later determined that he died of natural causes.
More than 600 people face charges in what has been described as the largest federal law enforcement investigation in US history.