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Capitol march not permitted until Trump got involved -Rep. Plaskett

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Democrats on Wednesday (February 10) argued Donald Trump planted the seeds for the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol long before Jan. 6 with false claims the 2020 election was stolen, and said lawmakers had an obligation to hold the former president accountable.

The House of Representatives has charged Trump, a Republican, with inciting an insurrection by exhorting thousands of supporters to march on the Capitol on the day Congress was gathered to certify Democrat Joe Biden's electoral victory.

Plaskett told the Senate "Woman for America First had initially planned for the rally goers to remain at the Ellipse... it was not until after President Trump and his team became involved in the planning that the march from the Ellipse to the Capitol came about."

Video Transcript

STACEY PLASKETT: On December 19, President Trump tweeted his save the date for January 6. He told his supporters to come to DC for a big protest the day, billing it as wild. Just days later, Women for America First amended their permit to hold their rally on January 6 pursuant to the president's save the date instead of after the inauguration. This was deliberate.

Reports confirm that the president himself, President Trump, became directly involved with the planning of the event. This is Amy Kremer, one of the founders of Women for America First, tweeting the invitation, tagging Donald Trump and other organizers, inviting the same supporters who had just engaged in serious violence at the second Million MAGA rally, to show up to the largest rally to stop the steal.

And President Trump seemed to have other plans for what was going to happen at that rally too. Women for America First had initially planned for the rally-goers to remain at the Ellipse until the counting of the state electoral slates first was completed, just like they had remained at Freedom Plaza after the second Million MAGA March. In fact, the permits stated in no uncertain terms that the march from the Ellipse was not permitted.

It was not until after President Trump and his team became involved in the planning that the march from the Ellipse to the Capitol came about, in direct contravention of the original permit. This was not a coincidence, none of this was. Donald Trump, over many months, cultivated violence, praised it. And then when he saw the violence his supporters were capable of, he channeled it to his big, wild, historic event.