Donald Trump 'desperately' 'wanted to walk into the House with an armed mob': Yale historian

Donald Trump 'desperately' 'wanted to walk into the House with an armed mob': Yale historian
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The revelations from former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson are being called “bombshells” and, according to a former advisor to the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, a “cluster bomb.”

Dr. Joanne Freeman, Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University, is urging Americans to focus on an important part of Hutchinson’s testimony.

“People are focusing on the drama of [Donald Trump] trying to grab the steering wheel to force his car to go to the Capitol,” Dr. Freeman writes. “But far more revealing — and alarming — is the fact that he wanted to walk into the House with an armed mob.”

“Again: think COUP.”

Freeman, the author of “The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War,” adds: “Hutchinson testified that there was discussion about having him enter the House chamber.”

Hutchinson also testified that Trump and Meadows knew the rally-goers and insurrectionists were armed, some heavily. According to Hutchinson, he demanded the “mags” — magnetometers, or metal detectors — be removed.

“I don’t care that they have weapons, they’re not here to hurt me.,” Trump allegedly said, according to Hutchinson. “They’re not here to hurt me. Take the f*ing mags away. Let my people in. They can march to the Capitol from here, let the people in and take the mags away.”

“Today we saw 1/6 was a plot to overturn the election with deliberately incorporated violence,” Freeman said.

“That was wild,” Freeman added after the hearing ended.

Hutchinson testified there were discussions about Trump walking into the House chamber, which would have been yet another violation of centuries of precedent: the President is typically invited to Capitol Hill.

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