Trump was 'loving watching the Capitol mob,' former White House official tells CNN
- Donald Trump enjoyed watching his supporters ransack the US Capitol, former aides told CNN.
- He was “loving watching the Capitol mob,” a former senior White House official said.
- Last month the House impeached Trump for inciting an insurrection.
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Then-President Donald Trump enjoyed watching his supporters ransack the US Capitol, former aides to the ex-president told CNN.
The January 6 riot, which followed a Trump speech falsely claiming he won the 2020 election, resulted in five deaths, including the killing of a US Capitol Police officer.
As the violence unfolded last month, Republicans and Democrats alike pleaded with Trump to intervene — to call on his supporters to stop. For hours, however, he remained silent, ensconced at the White House and consuming cable news.
There, a former senior Trump official told CNN, the president was enjoying what he saw on the screen: people — some in MAGA hats and with Trump flags — breaking into a co-equal branch of government.
Trump was “loving watching the Capitol mob,” a former official said to CNN.
Last month, The Washington Post previously reported that Trump was slow to act on calling for an end to the mob — which he did hours after it began in a video posted to Twitter where he called the rioters “special” — because he was watching it live on television.
“He was hard to reach, and you know why? Because it was live TV,” a then Trump advisor told The Post. “If it’s TiVo, he just hits pause and takes the calls. If it’s live TV, he watches it, and he was just watching it all unfold.”
The Democratic-controlled House impeached Trump soon after, charging him with inciting an insurrection. His second impeachment trial in the Senate begins Tuesday.
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