Trump dismisses January 6 congressional hearings as ‘hoax’ at Nashville conference

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Former President Donald Trump has blasted the congressional hearings into the Jan. 6 insurgency, calling them a “hoax” despite mounting evidence he acted illegally in trying to overturn the 2020 election results.

“It was a simple protest that escalated. They never show the size of the crowd. I’m not talking about the small percentage of people who descended on the capital, many of whom did nothing wrong,” said Trump on Friday.

Speaking in Nashville at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Policy conference at the Opryland Hotel, Trump played down the House hearings, continuing his claims that the vote result was stolen.

“I believe they cheat like hell on the election. People say it’s politically incorrect. I don’t care,” he told a crowd of hundreds of supporters at the event.

Trump continued to claim the election was stolen even though his advisers and cabinet members, including Attorney General William Barr, repeatedly told him the results were legitimate.

The 45th president claimed he simply asked then-Vice President Mike Pence to send electoral votes back to state legislatures to investigate allegations of voter fraud.

Trump likened the Jan. 6 hearings to claims he colluded with Russia to rig the 2016 election, even as the U.S. House committee investigating the insurgency found this week that the The dispute between the former president and Pence over certification of the 2020 election results placed the vice president within 40 feet of a mob that allegedly killed him.

Secret Service agents led Pence to a safe location in the Capitol that day as rioters approached the US Senate chamber, according to hearings. But Pence refused to leave the Capitol that day, refusing to void the election and use a dummy voter list to replace those in seven battleground states, according to testimony.

Despite the overwhelming evidence, Trump called the panel a “shameful screening committee”, calling the members “haters of the radical left” and saying they “fabricate a false and bogus narrative”. He claimed to have evidence of fraud in the 2020 election, but said the panel refused to consider it.

The congressional panel obtained emails from John Eastman, an outside attorney for Trump who proposed a plan in which he wanted Pence to commit a “minor violation” and substitute fake voters who would support Trump for legitimate voters in US states. Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

The committee replayed comments Pence made to the Federalist Society in which he said, “President Trump is wrong” and that he had no right to void the election.

When the committee questioned Eastman, he invoked the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination 100 times.

Pence allegedly clashed with Trump on several occasions, leading the former president to call him a “wimp”, according to a former White House aide. On Friday, Trump denied calling him that.

Trump noted that Pence said he had no choice but to certify the vote and added that Barr refused to reject the election results because he feared impeachment. The former president said he was not worried about it as he was impeached twice.

“It’s a rigged deal, it’s a shame and it never happened,” he said, noting later that it was a “theatrical production” that only got no good ratings among viewers.

He further claimed that only one person, Ashli ​​Babbitt, was killed in the Capitol, although several other people died as part of the riot which was intended to halt the peaceful transition of power.

Trump told his supporters it was up to them to change the course of the nation in the next election, arguing that Biden had lost international respect, reversed his border policies and caused the nation to lose its energy independence.

While conference speakers stressed the importance of retaking the House, Senate and White House in the upcoming election, none of the Republican speakers who spoke addressed the congressional hearings. Most also said they hoped Trump would run for president again in two years. He has not made an official announcement, but is believed to be planning to do so before this year’s midterm elections.

At the end of his speech, Trump said, “We are going to take back our magnificent White House. To do this, he will face strong competition from his fellow Republicans.

American sensitivities Bill Hagerty and Marsha Blackburn, both of Tennessee, voted to certify the 2020 election after the uprising, despite initially saying they would not support Biden’s election. Neither addressed the congressional hearings during their Friday presentations.

Blackburn, a former Tennessee lawmaker, spent most of her speech accusing the Biden administration and “the left” of making an “all-out attack” on people’s faith, family, liberty and religious freedoms.

Blackburn did not elaborate on how religion is being attacked, but did discuss the significance of the impending Supreme Court decision on abortion. She also argued that the Biden administration tried to impose lockdowns and mandates on America during the COVID-19 pandemic, apparently referring to vaccine requirements offered by private companies.

In addition to accusing ‘big tech’ of censoring her for saying biological men shouldn’t compete against women in track and field, she spoke about the importance of Title IX in enabling girls and women to compete in the sport.

“Now they’re being told to be inclusive and fair, you have to let the biological males compete,” she said.

She claimed that this trend destroys hope and added, “What do you expect from people who can’t define the word ‘woman’?”

“They can’t define ‘woman’ because maybe you’re not a biologist,” she said, referring to Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Jackson’s response during Senate confirmation hearings when Blackburn asked him to define a woman.

Blackburn was ridiculed nationally for her series of questions, including a skit on Saturday Night Live.

Between the speakers, David Bowie’s song “Rebel” rang out through the room filled with the lyrics, “She don’t know if you’re a boy or a girl.”

For his part, Hagerty told the crowd that Biden had failed on every issue and encouraged hundreds in attendance to return Republicans to a majority in the House and Senate in November.

A former ambassador to Japan and Commissioner of Economic and Community Development for Tennessee under former Governor Bill Haslam, Hagerty argued that Biden had damaged the nation’s reputation internationally and “emboldened” adversaries such as Russia and Iran while waging “total war” against the United States. energy independence, driving up energy prices around the world. The price of gasoline and record inflation were constant topics among the list of political speakers.

“Biden would rather deal with international killers than our own American drillers,” Hagerty said.

Senator Lindsey Graham has been even tougher on Biden than Blackburn and Hagerty, alleging a long list of failures including failure to police the southern border, stand up to China and be soft on Russia.

“Russia is doing things it would never do under Trump’s watch,” Graham said.

The Biden administration pushed billions of dollars in funding for military aid to Ukraine through Congress, but refused to send troops to the region.

U.S. Senator Rick Scott of Florida stressed “revivalism” and “elitism,” saying he would ask all school children to take the Pledge of Allegiance and stand up for the national anthem and “learn that it is the largest country in the world”.

Scott, who recently dropped a proposal to tax low-income Americans, said the United States should end its economic relationship with communist China and stop buying its product because “they want to destroy us “.

Another part of his plan is to build a wall on the southern border. “And when we do, we’ll name him after President Donald J. Trump,” he said with a roar of approval.

U.S. Representative Jim Jordan, a prominent member of the House Judiciary Committee, jumped on the Biden administration for allegedly calling parents “terrorists” at the behest of the National School Boards Association.

It appeared to refer to actions taken after groups threatened school board members and parents, including incidents in Williamson County regarding the curriculum and books.

“The left now controls the Democratic Party,” Jordan said, and those in control “don’t like the country.” He said, “Maybe that’s why they are militarizing the government against us.

This story was published earlier by the Tennessee Lookout, an affiliate of the nonprofit States Newsroom network that includes the Florida Phoenix.

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