Trump Returns To Scene Of Attempted Coup For First Time Since Leaving Office

by | Jul 26, 2022 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The country’s only president to have attempted a coup to remain in power made his first return to the nation’s capital since leaving office, where he renewed the lies about a stolen election that led to the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on American democracy.“It was catastrophe, that election. A disgrace to our country,” Donald Trump said Tuesday, and then he repeated his falsehood that he had won reelection in 2020. “I ran the first time and I won, and I ran a second time, and I did much better, got millions and millions of more votes.… It’s a very sad thing.”AdvertisementTrump spoke for 91 minutes at a conference of the America First Policy Institute, a nonprofit founded by his former aides and which received a $1 million grant from his own “leadership” political action committee. It was his first visit to Washington since he left the White House the morning of Jan. 20, 2021, a few hours before the inauguration of Democrat Joe Biden.Just over a mile away from the Marriott Marquis hotel, the site of the two-day conference that featured former Trump administration officials and other pro-Trump voices, is the Ellipse, the park just south of the White House where Trump staged his pre-insurrection rally. There, he incited the last-gasp part of his coup attempt, an effort to use his angry mob to pressure his vice president and Congress into letting Trump remain in power.That pressure campaign, as well as the related work to send slates of fake Trump electoral votes from six states narrowly won by Biden to the National Archives, is now under criminal investigation by the Departmen …

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