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These 3 TV Clips Show Trump’s Jan. 6 Claims Are Going Mainstream

Donald Trump’s role in Jan. 6 has been widely condemned ahead of the first anniversary of the Capitol riot, but the former president’s version of events have also been taken more seriously than ever.

SO WHAT

It remains to be seen how far Trump will push his conspiracy theories.

WHAT HAPPENED

1. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger — a prominent opponent of Trump’s attempt to overturn the “rigged” 2020 election — said on TV Wednesday that Georgia was investigating “credible evidence” of illegal ballot harvesting in the contest.

Raffensberger, appearing on Sinclair Broadcast Group’s ‘The National Desk,” repeatedly declined to say that he remained confident in the outcome of the election in Georgia, which Trump has rejected.

  • Regarding his previous denials of voter fraud in the state, Raffensberger, who is running for reelection this year, said, “Well, we want to see what this whole information is. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the information until November, so really almost a year after the election.”

2. Fox News host Laura Ingraham on her show Wednesday night highlighted a breaking Washington Examiner report that federal authorities won’t explain why three men who participated in the Capitol riot “have mysteriously disappeared from the FBI’s Capitol Violence Most Wanted list.”

According to the report, Ingraham noted, “One unidentified man wore an earpiece during the riot and was filmed carrying what appeared to be a concealed handgun on his left hip. The man was pictured on the FBI’s most wanted list for over five months until he was removed without explanation on the same day the New York Times reported an FBI informant was at the Capitol on Jan. 6.”

  • “Congresswoman,” Ingraham said, addressing her guest on the segment, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., “That’s an interesting coincidence.”
  • “Absolutely, and I greatly appreciate your willingness to talk about these things,” responded Greene. “There’s so many people in the media that are just following the Jan. 6 Committee narrative. I think there’s a lot more than happened that day, on Jan. 6.”

3. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis similarly wondered at a press conference Thursday “why do we not know some of the people who we know were really involved in orchestrating this, they got pulled off the most wanted list?”

DeSantis, a potential 2024 GOP presidential candidate, also noted that the Justice Department has refused to address any FBI role in the Jan. 6 riot, citing the ongoing investigation.

THE TRUMP FACTOR

Many of Trump’s Republican allies have urged him to move on from 2020, with Ingraham and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., successfully pushing him to cancel a Jan. 6 press conference planned for Thursday, according to reports.

  • But hardline Trumpers, like his former White House aides Peter Navarro and Steve Bannon, have urged him to fight harder on the issue.
  • “He needs to stand up for himself,” Navarro said Wednesday on Bannon’s WarRoom: Pandemic podcast, responding to the canceled event. “And fire half the people down there [at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida], by the way!”

While Trump has stopped short of endorsing unproven allegations that Jan. 6 was a “false flag” by FBI agents, he told right-wing commentator Candace Owens last month, “I have very little doubt about that and they were antagonizing and they were agitating.”

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