New text messages recount Donald Trump's alleged indifference to death of Capitol cop
Two senior aides for former President Donald Trump reportedly criticized him for failing to acknowledge the death of a U.S. Capitol Police officer who was killed amid the Jan. 6 insurrection, newly uncovered text messages reveal.
The conversation, which took place on January 9, 2021, highlighted text messages between Tim Murtaugh —communications director for the Trump re-election campaign— and campaign spokesperson, Matthew Wolking, as they shared their opinions of the former president's actions, according to Politico.
At one point during the conversation, Murtaugh described Trump's lack of response as "shitty."
Murtaugh texted, "Also shitty not to have even acknowledged the death of the Capitol Police officer."
Wolking also responded in agreement as he recalled Trump's previous claims about his high regard for law enforcement. "That is enraging to me," Wolking texted back. "Everything he said about supporting law enforcement was a lie."
Murtaugh responded with a lengthy text message offering details to explain why Trump wouldn't acknowledge the officer's death and how an acknowledgment would make him look. In short, Murtaugh emphasized that Trump would never acknowledge something that could suggest any form of accountability for him.
"You know what that is, of course. If he acknowledged the dead cop, he'd be implicitly faulting the mob," Murtaugh texted, adding, "And he won't do that, because they're his people. And he would also be close to acknowledging that he lit at the rally got out of control. No way he acknowledges something that could ultimately be his fault. No way."
To view screenshots of the text message exchange, click the link here.
Politico's Anthony Adragna also emphasized why this particular conversation is of great importance as the House Select Committee continues its investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection.
"These offer an unguarded look into the disgust within Trump's innermost orbit following the events of Jan. 6," he wrote.
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