It’s long been reported that the Secret Service had warned Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows that January 6th could turn violent. Meadows’ former top aide Cassidy Hutchinson just sank Meadows by publicly testifying that Meadows admitted to her that January 6th could get “real, real bad,” even as he moved forward with the plan anyway. But Hutchinson’s testimony about Donald Trump could be even more devastating.
Hutchinson testified that even as the Secret Service was putting his rally attendees through metal detectors early on January 6th, Donald Trump tried to order the Secret Service to take down the metal detectors and let attendees through even if they were armed. Trump’s exact words: “I don’t fucking care about weapons, they’re not here to hurt me.”
This means that Donald Trump wanted his armed supporters to be allowed into the rally he held down the street from Capitol. Trump then instructed everyone in the rally crowd to march down to the Capitol. In other words, Trump was looking to incite armed individuals to head to the Capitol to try to overthrow the election. Trump will have a very difficult time trying to mount a reasonable doubt defense when he’s inevitably on federal criminal trial for this.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report