Trump called crowd gathered for his speech before Capitol riot 'loving' in March audio recording
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Former President Donald Trump in March called the crowd that had gathered for his speech before the deadly US Capitol insurrection "loving" in an exclusive audio recording obtained by CNN.
Washington (CNN)Former President Donald Trump in March called the crowd that had gathered for his speech before the deadly US Capitol insurrection "loving" in an exclusive audio recording obtained by CNN.
And it was a loving crowd, too, by the way," Trump said in the audio recording taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker during an interview for their new book, "I Alone Can Fix It. "
In the March interview audio that aired Wednesday evening, Trump also claimed that he had wanted the crowd to "show" but not "go in" the Capitol.
In reality, however, it was only after pleading from aides and congressional allies inside the besieged building on January 6 that Trump released a video urging the rioters to "go home," while still fanning their baseless grievances about a stolen election.
"We love you," Trump said in the video.
Before the January 6 attack, according to excerpts of the book previously reported by CNN, the top US military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, was so shaken that Trump and his allies might attempt a coup or take other dangerous or illegal measures after the November election that the general and other top officials informally planned different ways to stop Trump.
The book, which was released on Tuesday, chronicles Trump's final year as president, with a behind-the-scenes look at how senior administration officials and Trump's inner circle navigated his increasingly unhinged behavior after he lost the election.