Trump Slams House Committee 'Hacks' for Jan. 6 Spin Former President Donald Trump speaks in Casper, Wyoming, on May 28. (Chet Strange/Getty Images)
By Charlie McCarthy | Friday, 10 June 2022 08:30 AM
Former President Donald Trump blasted the House Jan. 6 select committee for its biased, "negative" prime-time hearing on Thursday night.
Trump took to social media after Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Jan. 6 panel held its first public hearing on national TV. The proceedings did not include any cross-examination or contradictory testimony.
The former president railed against the committee's members — Democrats and two anti-Trump Republicans — for hiring former ABC executive James Goldston to help produce a one-sided show.
"So the Unselect Committee of political HACKS refuses to play any of the many positive witnesses and statements, refuses to talk of the Election Fraud and Irregularities that took place on a massive scale, and decided to use a documentary maker from Fake News ABC to spin only negative footage. Our Country is in such trouble!" Trump posted Thursday night on Truth Social.
Trump on Friday morning slammed the committee for suggesting he supported protesters for chanting, "Hang [then-Vice President] Mike Pence!"
"I NEVER said, or even thought of saying, 'Hang Mike Pence.' This is either a made up story by somebody looking to become a star, or FAKE NEWS!" Trump posted.
Select committee members are trying to connect Trump's efforts to challenge the 2020 presidential election results to the Capitol attack.
"The so-called 'Rush on the Capitol' was not caused by me, it was caused by a Rigged and Stolen Election!" Trump posted Friday morning.
Thursday night's hearing included some never-before-seen video footage of the mayhem, as well as testimony from witnesses.
Fact checking showed that Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., was incorrect when she claimed then-President Trump "did not condemn the attack."
Actually, Trump did condemn the violence in a video Twitter quickly blocked, along with an Oval Office address a week later.
Cheney also used Trump's words of "love in the air" out of context as the committee showed protesters breaching the Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021. Trump spoke those words about the Stop the Steal rally, not to describe the people breaching the Capitol.
Earlier Thursday, Trump said the Jan. 6, 2021, protests "represented the greatest movement in the history of our Country to Make America Great Again."
"The Unselect Committee didn't spend one minute studying the reason that people went to Washington, D.C., in massive numbers, far greater than the Fake News Media is willing to report," Trump posted on Truth Social, "or that the Unselects are willing to even mention, because January 6th was not simply a protest, it represented the greatest movement in the history of our Country to Make America Great Again.
"It was about an Election that was Rigged and Stolen, and a Country that was about to go to HELL..& look at our Country now!"