After wrapping up his first post-presidency speech at the annual CPAC conference on Sunday, Trump called in to Fox News to boast about the size of the crowd at his rally on Jan. 6 in Washington.
Asked by Steve Hilton about his response to the riot, Trump blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi then bragged about the “tremendous” crowd that showed up to his “lovefest.”
“The press doesn’t like to talk about it, but the real number was much, much bigger in terms of the people that were at the location. It went all the way back practically to the Washington Monument,” Trump said. “It was tremendous numbers of people, not the Capitol, I’m talking about the rally itself, and it was a lovefest, it was a beautiful thing.”
Trump incited his supporters to march to the Capitol and ‘Stop the Steal’ at his January 6 rally in Washington.
“All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened radical-left Democrats, which is what they’re doing. And stolen by the fake news media. That’s what they’ve done and what they’re doing. We will never give up, we will never concede. It doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved,” Trump said.
“We’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women…Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong. We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated,” he added.
Asked how he feels about the deadly attack now, Trump said he “hate to see it” before resorting to whataboutism.