Trump Blames Pelosi For Capitol Riot, Pelosi Fires Back
In a recent interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” former President Donald Trump didn’t hold back, pointing fingers at Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. The former president asserted that if Pelosi had accepted soldiers, what is now referred to as the Capitol riot might never have occurred.
Trump was adamant about his stance, saying, “Nancy Pelosi was in charge of security and turned down 10,000 soldiers. If she didn’t do that, you wouldn’t have January 6.”
When asked about his actions during that critical day, Trump defended himself by saying, “I behaved so well. I did such a good job. Nancy Pelosi turned down 10,000 soldiers. If she didn’t do that.”
When his interviewer Kristen Welker questioned the validity of the former president’s claims, pointing out that Pelosi didn’t have the same authority as the commander-in-chief, Trump replied, “I understand that the police testified against her, Capitol Police, great people. They testified against her and they burned all of the evidence, Okay? They burned all of the evidence they destroyed all of the evidence about Nancy Pelosi.”
Welker persisted, asking Trump why he didn’t take action himself. Trump responded, “Frankly, I assumed that she took care of it… You don’t realize anything until quite a while that the National Guard aren’t coming. I asked it to be there three days in advance, and she turned it down.”
Welker pressed further, saying that Pelosi claimed the request was never officially made. But Trump countered, insisting that the California lawmaker did turn down the offer for a stronger military presence at the Capitol that fateful day.
“Just stop it. The mayor of D.C. gave us a letter, saying that she turned it down, okay? We have it. Nancy Pelosi also was asked, and she turned it down. The police commissioner of Capitol Police —” he stated.
Trump concluded his statements by expressing his frustration with the J6 Committee’s refusal to interview Pelosi, reaffirming his belief that she was responsible for the events of that fateful day.
Later on Sunday, Pelosi fired back at the GOP presidential candidate during an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show.” Not mincing words, she accused Trump of projecting his own guilt onto others, saying,
“The former occupant of the White House has always been about projection. He knows that he’s responsible for that, so he projects it onto others.”
Nancy Pelosi responds to Trump's claim that he asked her to send National Guard troops to defend the US Capitol on Jan. 6
"Well, the former occupant of the White House has always been about projection. He knows he's responsible for that, so he projects it on to others." pic.twitter.com/IPDrBThoCM
— Jeff Charles, An Awful Pundit🏴 (@jeffcharlesjr) September 17, 2023
Pelosi firmly stood her ground, explaining, “His instigation of the insurrection, the assault on our Constitution, the day we were supposed to approve the work of the Electoral College results, the assault on the Capitol building, the assault on the Constitution, the assault on our democracy. Shame on him.”
Refuting Trump’s claims about turning down troops, Pelosi claimed, “Now he used to say, ‘Well, she turned down my troops.’ No, we, Chuck Schumer and I begged him to send the troops again and again.”
Pelosi concluded with a call to action, emphasizing the importance of the upcoming election in defending democracy, saying, “There is the sickness here that has to be an intervention. That intervention has to be the election, which we have to win. That’s one of the reasons why I am running again, to fight for our democracy. Which is at stake if he’s on the ballot.”