Disgraced former president removed lines from speech to avoid offending rioters

Source: The Hill

“Former President Trump cut lines from a Jan. 7, 2021, address condemning the rioters who entered the Capitol the day prior as not representing him or ‘our movement.’ A draft of the speech marked up by Trump, shared by Jan. 6 committee member Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.), includes additional evidence not shown by the panel during its Thursday hearing, its final one expected this summer. The draft shows Trump used a sharpie to cross out a line saying, ‘I want to be very clear. You do not represent me. You do not represent our movement.’ … Trump also cut other lines dealing with the consequences rioters should face. The prepared draft said he would encourage the Justice Department to prosecute rioters ‘to the fullest extent of the law. We must send a clear message. Not with mercy, but with justice. Legal consequences must be swift and firm.'” (07/25/22)