Analysis: Reminder: Donald Trump knew how bad January 6 was

But thanks to more than 2,000 text messages to and from White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows obtained by CNN, we already have a very clear picture of what Donald Trump knew that day.

“He has to condemn (sic) this shit. ASAP,” Donald Trump Jr. sent to Meadows on the afternoon of Jan. 6, 2021.

“POTUS need to calm this shit down,” Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina wrote.

“Fix this now,” sent Rep. Chip Roy, a Republican from Texas.

Meadows responded almost immediately to Trump Jr., “I’m pushing hard. I agree.” Meadows replied to Duncan nearly an hour later, “He does everything.” And within minutes, Meadows told Roy, “We are.”

This deluge of text messages from Republican allies was sent about an hour before Trump, at 4:17 p.m. ET, released a video message via Twitter in which he told the rioters: “I know your pain. I know your pain. We we had an election that was stolen from us”, before urging the crowd to “go home”.

And what the texts reveal is that the President of the United States was aware not only of what was going on as a mob invaded the US Capitol, but also of the calls from figures in his family and his party. for him to step in and stop this.

(Inset: I guess you could argue that just because people were texting Meadows doesn’t mean Trump saw them or was aware of them. But man, that’s overkill.)

The simple fact is that Trump knew what was going on. And on some level, approved. Recall that in an “expletive” phone call with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Jan. 6, Trump said, “Well, Kevin, I guess those people are more upset about the ‘election you.’

Point: Upcoming public hearings will shed even more light on exactly what Trump knew and when he knew it. But we already know that Trump knew what was happening on Jan. 6 — and, for hours, chose to do nothing about it.

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