Until Tuesday, former President Donald Trump had planned a press conference on Jan. 6, marking one year since the attack on the Capitol. He was reportedly set to speak a number of 2020 election-related subjects.
But news broke on Tuesday that the 45th president had decided to cancel his Thursday address, and the Washington Examiner reported Wednesday that several of the former president’s allies, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, urged him to pick another date.
Axios reported that Graham, during a round of golf with Trump, told the former president that there “could be peril” in holding the presser on Jan. 6. The senator reportedly suggested that Trump focus on his continued work in election reform instead.
Ingraham made similar comments during a recent episode of her primetime show, asking Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) if he thought holding it on that date was a good idea. Banks said he thought it was acceptable, saying Trump had “important” things to say.
Why the cancellation?
Trump, who originally announced the press conference in mid-December of last year, finally revealed why he decided to cancel it, citing the Jan. 6 House select committee and the mainstream media.
In a December statement regarding the upcoming presser, Trump insisted that the real “insurrection” happened on Election Day in 2020.
“Remember, the insurrection took place on November 3rd, it was the completely unarmed protest of the rigged election that took place on January 6th,” Trump wrote.
He went on to make similar claims about the 2020 election and tossed in a healthy dose of criticism against Republicans that have opposed him.
“In many ways a RINO is worse than a Radical Left Democrat, because you don’t know where they are coming from and you have no idea how bad they really are for our Country. The good news is there are fewer and fewer RINOs left as we elect strong Patriots who love America,” Trump wrote at the time.
Dems to exploit the day
Democrats, and their allies in the mainstream media, are set to take full advantage of the hype and hysteria surrounding the date of Jan. 6.
Several congressional Democrats will hold a commemorative service on Thursday, during which they’ll speak with historians, and speak with members of Congress about their personal stories from that day last year.
They’re also set to hold a prayer vigil.
Undoubtedly, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her anti-Trump allies in Congress continue their mission to dirty Trump’s name as much as possible ahead of the 2022 midterms, Dems and liberal media talking heads will take full advantage of the day.