Trump Cancels Jan. 6 News Conference Event

Trump Cancels Jan. 6 News Conference Event

Mona Salama
Mona Salama
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January 5, 2022

Former President Trump abruptly canceled his planned news conference set for Jan. 6, on the first anniversary of the U.S. Capitol riot, laying the blame on the "bias and dishonesty" from the House Select Committee, "two failed Republicans, and the Fake News Media.

"In light of the total bias and dishonesty of the Jan. 6 Unselect Committee of Democrats, two failed Republicans, and the Fake News Media, I am canceling the January 6th Press Conference at Mar-a-Lago on Thursday," Trump said Tuesday evening in an emailed statement from his Save America Pac.

Trump also lay more blame on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the Capitol sergeant-at-arms for rejecting the military and National Guard from being deployed during the riot.

"What has become more and more obvious to ALL is that the LameStream Media will not report the facts that Nancy Pelosi and the Capitol Sergeant-at-Arms denied requests for the D.C. National Guard or Military to be present at the Capitol. Their emails and correspondence with the Department of Defense exist, but the media won't ask for this evidence or report the truth!" Trump said.

The former president is now planning to "discuss many of those important topics," including his views about Jan. 6 and the 2020 election during his first rally of 2022, scheduled next Saturday, Jan. 15, in Florence, Arizona.

"It will be a big crowd!" Trump stated.

The press conference was scheduled to be held at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, Thursday night. Trump was expected to unleash criticism on the Jan.6 House select committee in their investigation of his actions during the hours of the Capitol riot. According to a person familiar with the matter, Trump wanted to make a scene and deride reporters during the planned news conference, but an advisor repeatedly warned the former president that it would garnish the "kind of coverage he hates the most."

"This is the Democrats' Great Cover-Up Committee, and the Media is complicit," Trump said. "Why is the primary reason for the people coming to Washington D.C., which is the fraud of the 2020 Presidential Election, not the primary topic of the Unselect Committee's investigation? This was, indeed, the Crime of the Century."

"Why did Adam 'Shifty' Schiff forge and change the statement of Congressman Jim Jordan without any consequence? Why will Crazy Nancy Pelosi not provide her communications with the House Sergeant-at-Arms and the House Chief Administrative Officer, or promise to retain these vital messages, which many feel she has already destroyed — perhaps illegally?" Trump added.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was reported to be one of several key allies talking Trump out of holding a press conference Thursday. According to Axios, Graham spoke to Trump about canceling the event over the weekend during a game of golf. The South Carolina Senator said he told the former president "there could be peril in doing a news conference" and that it was "best to focus on election reform instead."

Congressional Republicans are "quietly relieved" after the former president released a statement calling off the Jan. 6 event, reported to voice unease about Trump's plans for a news conference on the anniversary.

"It's a free country, and you're entitled to say whatever you want to say subject to some limitations, but I think the country has moved on," Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said. "I think that's where we ought to focus our efforts, is on getting things done for the American people and not re-litigating issues that have already been decided."

Pelosi announced last week that Congress would mark the first anniversary with a "full program of events" for what she called a "solemn observance" of the day. The White House will also commemorate the anniversary of the Capitol attack, with both President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris scheduled to deliver remarks at the U.S. Capitol Thursday morning.

Biden will tell Americans in his remarks that his predecessor bears "singular responsibility" for the Jan. 6 attack, the White House said.

"Biden will lay out the significance of what happened in the Capitol and the singular responsibility President Trump has for the chaos and carnage that we saw, and he will forcibly push back on the lies spread by the former president in an attempt to mislead the American people and his own supporters as well as distract from his role in what happened," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the majority of Senate Republicans are expected to be out of town for GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson's funeral in Lousiana.

Mona Salama

Mona Salama

Mona Salama is a political reporter for The Floridian covering Congress, the White House and Congressional elections.

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