"Before the president took the stage, his personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani addressed the crowd and called for 'trial by combat ' against the Democrats to win the election.
Trump Told Crowd ‘You Will Never Take Back Our Country With Weakness. And we are going to have to fight much harder.' Calling the outcome of the election 'this egregious assault on our democracy,' he said his supporters should 'walk down to the Capitol.'
Mr. Trump did not in fact accompany the supporters he pressed to fight for him; he returned to the White House and berated aides about how the scene had appeared, before attacking Mr. Pence on Twitter for his stand.
Once the US Capital Building had been stormed and overtaken by his supporters, Mr. Trump initially rebuffed requests to mobilize the National Guard, according to a person with knowledge of the events. White House aides finally coaxed Mr. Trump into a tweet in which he did not condemn the violence.
Then they convinced him he needed to make a video statement. He opened with another declaration that the election had been 'stolen.' Facebook removed that video, and Twitter later did as well.
Then he made clear that he viewed the day as an expression of his grievances. 'These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long,' Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. 'Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!'; ending with the words 'I love you.' Twitter also removed that tweet and said around 7 p.m. that it would lock his account for 12 hours.
As Congress prepared to reconvene Wednesday night, Mr. Trump’s ally, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, predicted that there would be no further objections from senators to the certification. But Mr. Trump told advisers that he wanted to see the senators keep going with the fight.
Several White House advisers described themselves as alternately disgusted, scared or shocked by what had taken place. And the work of government continued on around Mr. Trump, seemingly without his participation." The New York Times
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