Former US President Donald Trump refused to say he lost the 2020 US Presidential election and showed a behind-the-scenes video of him trying to read a statement to the nation prepared by his staff.
The outtakes, presented by the select committee probing the 2021 Capitol Hill Riots, also show Trump refusing to go out of his way to condemn the rioters.
“This election is now over. Congress has certified the results,” Trump was to tell Americans.
But he couldn’t do it.
In the video, recorded around 24 hours after rioters swarmed the US Capitol, of a speech that was meant to condemn the violence, Trump is seen refusing to read what was written by his staff and repeatedly editing the text.
“To those who broke the law,” he reads, “you will pay you do not represent our movement, you do not represent our country. And if you broke the law…I can’t say that. I’m not going to…I already said ‘you will pay.”
He also retracts the opening of his speech. “I would like to begin by addressing the heinous attack yesterday,” he begins, before interrupting himself and saying: “Yesterday is a hard word for me. Take the word yesterday, because it doesn’t work with a heinous attack on our country, say on our country. I’m gonna say that my only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote. My only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote.”
At another point, the former president refuses to read a passage that says the election is over.
“But this election is now over, Congress has certified the results,” read the passage.
“I don’t want to say the election is over,” he declares, “I just wanna say ‘Congress has certified the results’ without saying ‘the election is over, okay?”
“My only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote,” he says, visibly struggling.
Trump has slammed the panel investigating the Capitol Hill Riots by calling it a “kangaroo court”. He also went as far as terming the panel’s vice chair Liz Cheney as a “sanctimonious loser”.
“I had an election rigged and stolen from me, and our country. The USA is going to hell. Am I supposed to be happy?” Trump wrote on his social media platform Truth Social, as he accused the panel of being “corrupt and highly partisan.”