On the eve of January 6, Trump avoided any mention of the 2020 election during Glenn Beck interview

A year after crowds driven by his false claims of voter fraud stormed the US Capitol, former President Donald Trump made no mention of the 2020 election in a one-hour interview Wednesday night with conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck.

Beck’s broadcast – which was pre-recorded in November 2021 – was referred to as a “distraction” on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Instead of discussing the 2020 election or the riots, the interview focused on Trump’s complaints about the administration of Democratic President Joe Biden.

The omission of two subjects is notable because, over the past year, Trump has repeatedly doubled down on claims that now-President Biden stole elections with massive voting irregularities in key states. Scores of lawsuits were dismissed by the courts and official recounts, audits and investigations have all provided no evidence that any irregularities have ever occurred.

Glenn Beck did not answer any questions newsweek About whether the interview, recorded in November, was edited to remove references to voter fraud and the 2020 race.

Republican former President Donald Trump speaks with conservative media person Glenn Beck in a January 5 broadcast that referred to the January 6, 2021 uprising on the US Capitol as a “distraction.” In this photo, Trump talks to the media before boarding Marine One as he departs the White House on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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Trump was planning an event to mark the one-year anniversary of the riots. Trump accused the congressional committee investigating the attack, two Republicans and the media of orchestrating the incident.

However, conservative politicians and media figures discouraged Trump from holding the event. Trump abruptly canceled the event, reportedly on the advice of Senator Lindsey Graham and Fox News host Laura Ingraham, a close aide who this week took the unusual step of criticizing the former president’s plan on air.

Rather, Trump aides preferred that the former president put the events of January 6 behind and draw public attention to Biden’s many problems: from inflation and the border crisis to a runaway pandemic he had promised to end. .

In his interview with Beck, Trump focused primarily on those issues.

,[The vaccine mandates] Scared everybody and they damaged the economy very badly,” Trump told Beck. “You know, the mandate is one of the reasons why you can’t get someone to work for you. The mandate has been a disaster. but I would like [people] To get the vaccine, but they have to do it if they want to.”

Trump also did not mention the 2020 election in other statements released on Tuesday, in which he called his base to “rise up” against the vaccine mandate.

On the one-year anniversary of the riots, Democratic President Joe Biden will deliver a speech touting Trump’s role in fueling the 2021 rebellion. The White House called the rebellion “the sad culmination of the work we did for our country in those four years under President Trump.”

While Democrats will attend planned memorial events around the anniversary of the January 6 attacks on the Capitol, no Republican House or Senate members are expected to attend.

On January 6, 2021, Trump supporters began a rebellion in the US Capitol to overturn the 2020 election results. Several arrested riot suspects have said they believe Trump’s baseless claim Biden “stolen” the election from him through an unprecedented nationwide conspiracy of voter fraud.

More than 60 court cases filed by Republicans, as well as multiple statewide audits, have found no evidence that the 2020 election was stolen.

Five people were killed and about 140 USCP officers were injured in connection with the riots. Police injuries include a broken spine, a lost eye, lost fingers, brain damage, and several cases of PTSD. Four Capitol police officers have committed suicide since the rebellion.

While ransacking the Capitol, rioters smashed windows while trying to access the chambers of Congress, stole sewage and computer equipment in the hallway, potentially constituting a national security breach.

According to US Attorney General Merrick Garland, as of January 5, 2022, legal authorities have arrested and indicted more than 725 defendants in nearly all 50 states and the District of Columbia for their role in the January 6 attack.