In this posting I’ll be providing links to video of the event I attended along with a link to the full text of Trump’s speech. It is long, not that exciting, and very much lacking in any “incitement”. Toward the end, many folks were leaving early due to the cold and the lack of anything really exciting. I’d guess about 10% were sneaking out.
We’d been there from the very start. About 3 hours before first speaker. All told, we stood in a cold wind for about 8 hours straight. At the end, pretty much NOBODY had anything on their mind other than finding a bathroom, getting out of the cold, and finding a place to sit with back support.
Speeches lasted about 5 hours, and were mostly just complaints about the media, lack of support even from RINOs, and a catalog of the various nefarious things done to steal the election. Trump was a little late starting and we speculate that he was trying to talk Pence into sending some States back to re-certify. He basically asked Pence not to accept the clearly fraudulent State votes (where in several cases the States themselves asked for their packet back to re-do it…) and asked us, the audience, to walk to the Capitol Building.
He did use a phrase or three like ~”we need to fight for our nation” as do ALL politicians. It is a political fight, after all. Nobody took that to mean “pick a fight with Capitol Police”. But you decide. Here’s the actual event and speech.
From Rightside Broadcasting Network, the whole series of speeches start to end. I’ve started this video at the start of Trump’s speech / arrival. Notice the crowd is not exactly looking mean or rowdy.
Here’s the transcript. It loses something as cadence and pauses indicate where Trump changes a thread of thought mid utterance, but it is the words I remember hearing so looks accurate.
IMHO, the most “inflammatory” (and even that is a stretch) bit is when he talks about fighting for our country and showing strenght. The context, though, is weak kneed RINOs folding without even minor push back on Democrat dirty tricks and such.
Donald Trump: (07:11)
Rudy, you did a great job. He’s got guts. You know what? He’s got guts, unlike a lot of people in the Republican party. He’s got guts, he fights. He fights, and I’ll tell you. Thank you very much, John. Fantastic job. I watched. That’s a tough act to follow, those two. John is one of the most brilliant lawyers in the country, and he looked at this and he said, ” What an absolute disgrace, that this could be happening to our constitution.” He looked at Mike Pence, and I hope Mike is going to do the right thing.
Donald Trump: (12:34)
For years, Democrats have gotten away with election fraud and weak Republicans, and that’s what they are. There’s so many weak Republicans. We have great ones, Jim Jordan, and some of these guys. They’re out there fighting the House. Guys are fighting, but it’s incredible. Many of the Republicans, I helped them get in. I helped them get elected. I helped Mitch get elected. I could name 24 of them, let’s say. I won’t bore you with it, and then all of a sudden you have something like this. It’s like, “Gee, maybe I’ll talk to the president sometime later.” No, it’s amazing. The weak Republicans, they’re pathetic Republicans and that’s what happens.
Donald Trump: (13:45)
The weak Republicans, and that’s it. I really believe it. I think I’m going to use the term, the weak Republicans. You got a lot of them, and you got a lot of great ones, but you got a lot of weak ones. They’ve turned a blind eye even as Democrats enacted policies that chipped away our jobs, weakened our military, threw open our borders and put America last. Did you see the other day where Joe Biden said, “I want to get rid of the America first policy.” What’s that all about, get rid of …? How do you say, “I want to get rid of America first?” Even if you’re going to do it, don’t talk about it. Unbelievable, what we have to go through, what we have to go through and you have to get your people to fight. If they don’t fight, we have to primary the hell out of the ones that don’t fight. You primary them. We’re going to let you know who they are. I can already tell you, frankly.
Note that the “fight” is all about political fight, and ends in a “primary them” political fight.
He does ask the crowd to walk to the Capitol building, but it is to “cheer on” our Senators… Again he talks about fighting, this time the media, and again it is about political action, not violence.
Donald Trump: (16:25)
Our media is not free. It’s not fair. It suppresses thought. It suppresses speech, and it’s become the enemy of the people. It’s become the enemy of the people. It’s the biggest problem we have in this country. No third world countries would even attempt to do what we caught them doing and you’ll hear about that in just a few minutes. Republicans are constantly fighting like a boxer with his hands tied behind his back. It’s like a boxer, and we want to be so nice. We want to be so respectful of everybody, including bad people. We’re going to have to fight much harder and Mike Pence is going to have to come through for us. If he doesn’t, that will be a sad day for our country because you’re sworn to uphold our constitution. Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy. After this, we’re going to walk down and I’ll be there with you. We’re going to walk down. We’re going to walk down any one you want, but I think right here. We’re going walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women.
Hardly the stuff of an insurgency bent on mayhem.
Here he’s again talking about media and how they make up stories and how it’s a constant fight to get truth told.
Donald Trump: (27:57)
But it used to be that they’d argue with me, I’d fight. So I’d fight, they’d fight. I’d fight, they’d fight. Boop-boop. You’d believe me, you’d believe them. Somebody comes out. They had their point of view, I had my point of view. But you’d have an argument. Now what they do is they go silent. It’s called suppression. And that’s what happens in a communist country. That’s what they do. They suppress. You don’t fight with them anymore, unless it’s a bad. They have a little bad story about me, they’ll make it 10 times worse and it’s a major headline. But Hunter Biden, they don’t talk about him. What happened to Hunter? Where’s Hunter? Where is Hunter? They don’t talk about him.
Note, again, he’s talking about a fight of words. Fighting for the truth to come out.
At the 1 hour point in his speech, it was getting a bit repetative. I got the sense he knew this was likely the last time he’d have a crowd like this and wanted to hold onto the moment. It isn’t often you get 10s to 100s of thousands of people shouting “We love YOU!”…
Donald Trump: (01:06:37)
With your help over the last four years, we built the greatest political movement in the history of our country and nobody even challenges that. I say that over and over, and I never get challenged by the fake news, and they challenge almost everything we say. But our fight against the big donors, big media, big tech and others is just getting started. This is the greatest in history. There’s never been a movement like that. You look back there all the way to the Washington Monument. It’s hard to believe. We must stop the steal and then we must ensure that such outrageous election fraud never happens again, can never be allowed to happen again, but we’re going forward. We’ll take care of going forward. We got to take care of going back.
Then, in the wrap up:
Donald Trump: (01:11:44)
Our brightest days are before us, our greatest achievements still wait. I think one of our great achievements will be election security because nobody until I came along, had any idea how corrupt our elections were. And again, most people would stand there at 9:00 in the evening and say, “I want to thank you very much,” and they go off to some other life, but I said, “Something’s wrong here. Something’s really wrong. Can’t have happened.” And we fight. We fight like Hell and if you don’t fight like Hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.
And, given the horrendous degree of corruption and fraud, that is exactly correct. At this moment, the DNC is is full control of every and all future elections for POTUS, VP, and congress. That isn’t a country, that’s a Kleptocracy on the way to Tyranny without any checks and balances. Fix it, or the country is gone to something else.
Then, the very end:
Donald Trump: (01:12:43)
So we’re going to, we’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, I love Pennsylvania Avenue, and we’re going to the Capitol and we’re going to try and give… The Democrats are hopeless. They’re never voting for anything, not even one vote. But we’re going to try and give our Republicans, the weak ones, because the strong ones don’t need any of our help, we’re going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.
Donald Trump: (01:13:19)
So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. I want to thank you all. God bless you and God bless America. Thank you all for being here, this is incredible. Thank you very much. Thank you.
Essentially to have a show of support for the spineless RINOs to actually do what they are supposed to do: assure the election is valid.
Not a single mention of doing anything illegal or even asking folks to do anything immoral. Just walk to the Capitol Building and stand around waving flags. Which is EXACTLY what folks did. (Please don’t try to tell me that isn’t what we did, I was THERE, in it, watching the folks, taking pictures.)
When we arrived, totally by accident, we were able to park in a staff parking area near the Capitol Building, between the Ellipse / Washington Monument and the Capitol Building. Many others had parked there and one was able to share with us a photo of a handout (from unknown sources) describing the 4 events going on.
Folks self-selected into one of the 4 events.
Like most Trump Supporters, we opted for the one with Trump speaking. That was 1.8 miles down the Capitol Mall at the Ellipse. There was another event listed that, at the time, I didn’t think much about. Just “doesn’t sound like me” and moved on. It was the Storm The Steps event.
IMHO THOSE were the folks who caused the troubles at the capitol.
Those of us who waited for Trump’s speech to end, then had a 1.8 mile walk back to the Capitol Building. It was slow as a full street moves at the rate of the slowest walkers. We stopped at the car for a bit of snack, back support, heat, and listened to Fox News. We were near the middle of the pack of walkers. Fox reported that one wing of the Capitol had been ‘invaded’ and was being cleared by police, and that the other wing was under ‘attack’ with police headed over. We wondered how an attack could be happening when the folks were still in transit and who it might be?..
After about 5 minutes, we got out of the car and continued on to the Capitol Building. Along the way one group was having a prayer circle. Another group of about 30 was having a song session of what I think were traditional and religious songs with some holiday theme. One woman was taking selfies with her three small children (it was a very family oriented group at the Ellipse, set up by a Women Voters league). As we got to where we could clearly see the capitol building, there was a group on the steps in front. They were already there and on top of things like the scaffolding on the right. That took time.
We then rested a moment taking some more pictures while tear gas was used on the steps. Then we chose to meander back to the car to leave. A full and steady stream filling the driving areas was leaving the Capitol Building grounds. Essentially, the real Trump Supporters from the Ellipse, seeing what was happening, turned around and left. It took us a good 20 minutes to get enough clearance in the crowd to drive out of the lot.
This article points out the same thing I observed. The troubles began before we got to the Capitol Building. Heck, before Trump even finished his speech. (I’d speculate the instigators had the schedule and didn’t count on Trump taking an extra 1/2 hour…)
And the official timeline of events constructed by the New York Times through videos shows protesters began breaching the perimeter of the Capitol a full 20 minutes before Trump finished his speech.
This new evidence raises the first compelling question that remains unanswered. How could Trump incite an attack that had already been pre-planned and was in motion before his speech ended?
While we were looking at the Capitol Building, a guy with a megaphone slung on his shoulder and microphone in hand ran up to us and said (via megaphone) “The action is up there, on the steps!!”. When nobody moved, he stopped. It sunk in that he wasn’t getting any takers. Then, 2 others, a man and woman, approached him. ALL were dressed in black. They looked at me a little unsure, but I was all in black too (my motorcycle suit is very warm ;-) and proceeded to talk about his leaving the scene of the steps when the gas started as “his girlfriend was with him” and then some other talk of events and processes.
My overall impression of them was they were NOT your typical Trump Folks. No Red White & Blue. No Trump buttons or hats. No pro-America anything. They DID have typical indicia of ANTIFA. All in black. Hierarchical structure (the woman was clearly in charge). Shoulder slung bullhorn. Promoting chant of “Who’s House, Our House” just like their “Who’s Street, our Street” seen in cities on fire.
Proof? Nope. Just what it seemed like to me, evaluated in the context of all I’ve seen prior.
My GUESS is that some Right Wing Nuts were planning a Storm The Steps event, but not much too violent beyond standing on the steps. Antifa and similar infiltrated and help push it too far (a known and common tactic for instigators / agent provocateurs). But what either group has to do with Trump is beyond me. Many folks hate the Government and Congress. They do not need Trump for their motivation.
One side note:
A group of folks dressed like priests were there, and I think they were in fact priests. One was not wearing their hat, and was walking through the crowd taking a wide photo / movie of the whole thing. Camera held about mid chest as he sort of Groucho Walked fast. That’s the kind of thing an Agent does to document who is present in the crowd. (I’ve seen it before…)
Realize that in ANY major (and most minor) protest events, there are LOADS of agents from all sorts of groups embedded in the crowd. From local LEO Undercovers, to TLAs of all stripes, to media and more. Agent provocateurs and Foreign Agents too. (I’ve been in an undercover cops circle at an anti-war demonstration as we discussed Crowd Dynamics and Agency responses…) This is not speculative.
So was Groucho Priest a TLA Agent documenting folks for later prosecution? Or just for making portfolios? My guess is ‘yes’.
In any case, you can be assured that many Agencies had cameras going and somewhere in some vault in D.C. my photo is being added to my dossier. Once again they can wonder “What agency is this guy with? He keeps showing up, but doesn’t seem affiliated with anyone!”. That’s the thing about being an independent soul. No leads to follow…
I figure by this time I’ve got at LEAST 4 dossiers. I hope they are all cross indexed as otherwise it will be very confusing for them. One was from when I was dating the daughter of the head of the Lawrence Livermore National Nuclear Lab. Yeah, the folks that were making our nuclear bombs. You think she could go out with “some guy” and not have Clarence Clearance do some vetting? (That was the “labbies” nick name for the folks from the TLAs in the bushes making sure that the USSR didn’t kidnap anyone… And yes, they were definitely following and watching. Several times they openly asked her questions about what we did when we ditched them ;-)
So I have “some chops” when it comes to scoping out who’s who at events and when someone is undercover. IMHO, Groucho Priest was a junior undercover assigned to grab photos. Also, IMHO, I ran into one Agent Provocateur trying to recruit Right Wing Nuts to enter the Capitol where “We got a door open!” (but with limited success). He had the energy level right, and the ‘just one of you’ patter, but his Camo was a bit artificial and his ‘good ol boy’ wasn’t quite genuine. Then there was the one Antifa cell where I ‘fit in’ in all black (which was why I wore it…) as they discussed things. All in indirect terms, so not proof, but highly likely.
So it goes.
With that, here’s a few photos:
IMHO most important is this “flyer” that shows who I think actually did cause trouble:
Note in particular the one in the middle. “Wild Protest”.
Right now, going to https://wildprotest.com/ gives a blank page. It was doing that immediately after the 6th January event. It was very rapidly scrubbed.
What does it call for? “Take to the Capitol lawn and steps“, which is exactly where the Trouble began. BEFORE Trump was even done speaking. IMHO, there’s your instigation, not Trump. Jericho March was supposed to be all wrapped up by then, and the other two were off to one side, or at the other end of the Mall, per the map.
Now, given that this information was “out there”: What are the odds that ZERO folks from the Democrat Dirty Tricks Department, BLM, and Antifa didn’t attend and / or instigate? IMHO, near zero. You always go to gather intel and it is SOP for TLAs to try to instigate trouble makers in groups under investigation. Just to “out” the real problem folks if nothing else. You want to separate the Looky Lous from the Agitators, so you both raise your Bona Fides and out the leadership by adopt a strong persona looking for action.
How Trump is responsible for any of those actors is beyond me.
Here’s some real Trump Folks:
Notice the dominant RW&B color scheme, and lots of Trump Stuff. Also many women and not a very rowdy looking lot.
As we got to the Capitol Building, the makeup of the crowd changed some. More winter cloths, less Trump gear. Still ordinary folks, more or less.
Here a bunch of folks who’ve largely just got there, notice there’s semething wrong on the Capitol Steps. Notice the largely uninvolved (inactive) stances and “WT?” looks on faces. Just standing around.
What’s on the steps is another group being gassed. NOT the folks from the Trump speech area as this action was already in progress for 20 minutes before the speech ended; and we got there as it was happening. What was happening on the steps? (Click to embiggen):
Here you can see a bit of scaffolding (next to the centred USA flag) in a cloud of gas. Notice, too, that the steps seem covered in people dressed in dark clothes. Not the bright colors of the Trump Rally. Now there were a fair number of folks in regular winter cloths, much of it dark, and some like me in ‘all black’ as an attempt to avoid being attacked by ANTIFA thugs, BUT, clearly NOT the same as the folks at the Trump Speech.
It was at this point Mr. Black Megaphone came up, met with 2 others, and discussed how it was going on the steps.
Then my Florida Friend and I headed back to the car to leave. Things were clearly not being as polite as at the Trump Speech / Rally area and we didn’t want to be part of whatever this was. Judging from the flood of folks in Trump Gear and with Flags walking past our car as we waited to leave, lots of others felt the same way.
In my studied opinion, there were at least 2 sets of “agitators” trying to make a scene at the Capitol Building (and they succeeded). They managed to recruit a few folks from the assembled crowd, but were largely unsuccessful in getting a mass movement going. Those they recruited were mostly, IMHO, from the “Wild Protest” self selected group and not from the Trump Speech group. Most real Trump Supporters didn’t like it and left.
NONE of what happened IN the Capitol or ON the steps was Trump’s doing, nor did he “instigate” anything. Given the surprising speed with which media and the DNC blamed Trump, IMHO, they had prior knowledge of the plan.
In short, I think it was a set-up to leverage the most radical elements who exist in any crowd of that size and “dirty up” the Trump Supporters (who were the most polite and orderly crowed I’ve ever been in…), while providing RINO Swamp Dwellers cover to do a Bums Rush vote to accept Biden and dodge responsibility for endorsing the voting fraud.
But hey, it worked. You gotta give them credit for that. DNC does dirty tricks better than anyone else…