Former President Trump on Thursday defended his supporters whoin an attack that resulted in five deaths, arguing they posed “zero threat.” Lawmakers were inside the Capitol that day to confirm the Electoral College results certifying Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
“It was zero threat. Right from the start, it was zero threat,” Mr. Trump said in an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham.
The flood of rioters who broke into the Capitol crushed through windows and pressed up stairways, and sent lawmakers and law enforcement running for their lives. Some of the rioters may have sought to harm or assassinate lawmakers present, according to court documents, including former Vice President Mike Pence, who was present at the Capitol to preside over the certification of election results.
The assault led to five deaths, including that of a Capitol police officer who died due to injuries sustained during the riots. Two West Virginia men were arrested for allegedly assaulting the officer, Brian Sicknick. They are accused of spraying police officers with a chemical spray.
were seriously harmed, with Capitol Police union leader Gus Papathanasiou saying in a statement in January that injuries included cracked ribs, brain injuries, smashed spinal disks and one officer losing an eye. Two Capitol Police officers present that day died by suicide after the riots.
Mr. Trump did acknowledge that some people “went in [to the Capitol], they shouldn’t have done it.” But he slammed federal law enforcement for “persecuting” the Capitol rioters, complaining that “nothing happens” to left-wing protesters.
He also falsely claimed that the insurrectionists had “great relationships” with law enforcement.
“Some of them went in and they’re, they’re hugging and kissing the police and the guards. You know, they had great relationships. A lot of the people were waved in and then they walked in and they walked out,” Mr. Trump…