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Never-before-seen outtakes from Trump’s January 7 address presented — Analysis

The former US president refused to say the scripted line “the election’s over” in his speech condemning the Capitol riot

Donald Trump, former US President refused to use the scripted phrase “the election’s over”In his speech on January 7, following the Capitol riot. According to unpublished outtakes, which were submitted to the House Select Committee Thursday.

This footage was taken just 24 hours following the Capitol Riot on January 6. It was shown during the 9th hearing of the panel responsible for investigating unrest. You can hear the 45th president objecting at scripted remarks he was reading off a teleprompter.

Trump opened the speech by saying “I would like to begin by addressing the heinous attack yesterday.”

“And to those who broke the law, you will pay. You do not represent our movement, you do not represent our country. And if you broke the law —,” Trump paused, shook his head and pointed out that he can’t say that because he “already said ‘you will pay.’”

He said this at another moment in the video: “But this election is now over. Congress has certified the results,”Before you protest again, “I don’t want to say the election is over. I just want to say Congress has certified the results without saying the election’s over, okay?”

Trump’s daughter Ivanka could be heard off-screen confirming her father’s edits to the script.

Trump also said that he would say it again. “I would like to begin by addressing the heinous attack yesterday,”Be sure to check the following before you start going off-script. “Yesterday is a hard word for me.”

“Just take it out?”Ivanka asked.

“Ah, good, take the word ‘yesterday’ out because it doesn’t work with it,”Trump stated.

The former president tried to understand the line. “My only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote”He paused again and became visibly disillusioned, before he slammed on the lectern.

The address’s final portion, which was made public on the 7th of January after the Capitol riot, lasted less than 3 minutes.

The outtakes from Trump’s speech were presented to the January 6 committee as potential evidence that the former president had failed to sufficiently condemn the riots and had been unapologetic over what led to the unrest, namely his refusal to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election.

The House heard from members who argued that Trump is unfit for office after he suggested a run for President in 2024.

On January 6th, 2021, thousands of Trump supporters and supporters of election integrity marched to Washington DC in protest of what they believe was a stolen election. They were there to protest Democrat Joe Biden’s claim that he received the greatest number of votes in American history. Before they marched toward the Capitol, President Trump addressed the protesters outside of the White House. A small group of protesters managed to gain entry into Congress while Congress was still in session. The chaos that followed left many victims including Ashlibabbitt, an Air Force veteran, who was fatally shot by Capitol police.

Hearings were held by the Select Committee on January 6th Insurrection last July. The day’s events were presented by its leading legislators. “an attack on American democracy”Trump and his allies orchestrated the event. 

Republicans aligned with Trump dismiss the January 6 investigation. They claim it is an attempt to divert attention from important issues, such as inflation or soaring gasoline prices. CNN reported that Trump’s GOP is also planning to set up a select committee to look into voter fraud and mistreatment of prisoners involved in the Capitol Attack.

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