Don Jr's video shows Trump 'ominously' watching supporters on screen before urging them to march to Capitol
In a live stream in a tent set up as a backstage area, before the president made his speech, Trump Jr revealed who all were present and the mood that permeated the Trump camp
Just minutes before a pro-Trump mob stormed into the Capitol, causing panicked evacuations of lawmakers who had gathered to certify the 2020 election results and five deaths, the president delivered an hour-long speech at the Ellipse, a park near the White House, almost urging his supporters to march toward the federal building. While the speech was heard all over the world, what went down in the moments leading up to Trump taking the stage was recently revealed in a live stream video posted by his son, Donald Trump Jr.
Trump's 'Save America Rally' had the president telling his supporters to 'stop the steal' of the election. But he got to the stage around 58 minutes after the event was scheduled to begin. In a live stream of the moments in a tent set up as a backstage area, before the president made an entrance, Trump Jr. revealed who all were present, and the mood that permeated the Trump camp.
"Awesome, patriots that are sick of bulls**t so, thank you all for that. It's actually hard to believe, unfortunately, there is no road in between the main crowd and the masses. Love to see them getting closer. It's gonna be pretty awesome. But this is pretty incredible," he says with the camera pointed toward his face, as music blasts in the backdrop. After a while, he panned his camera to show massive TV screens set up inside the tent as Trump and Ivanka, who stood beside the president, monitored the news coverage of the event.
Trump Jr's girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, was also inside the tent, bursting into a jig at one point in the video. At another point, Trump stood motionless as he stared intently into one of the monitors for quite some time.
This video is moments before Trump took the stage, and you clearly see they wanted to rile the crowd up. Listen to Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle's comments. Also, at one point Trump is staring motionless at the monitors.😬 pic.twitter.com/NtVSGPxgKS— Christopher Bouzy (@cbouzy) January 7, 2021
The video received a number of reactions, as some people mocked the clip and others expressed getting chills watching. "I honestly can't remember the last time I saw Trump Jr not high," one of then said, while another wrote, "My disgust for this family has no depths." A third commented, "'Proud Boys stand back and stand by,'" alluding to what Trump had said during the first presidential debate when asked to condemn white supremacists.
"Oh man, they’ve ruined one of my favorite songs too now," the next quipped. One more noted, "They must be held accountable!!!! ASAP." Another reacted with, "It's like a Studio 54 horror film." A commenter tweeted, "First I need to get past (every time) the very obvious cocaine-induced tongue rolling and jaw clashing. How is this even possible."
Another wrote, "I want to know who each and every person in that tent is. Name, relationship, history. Don Jr and Kimberly need to be held accountable." The next said, "Ugh this was so cringy to watch." One more commented, "This video literally gives me the chills. Maybe because I know what happens later, but it seems very ominous." Another said, "How can anyone look at these videos of the event prior to the riot and NOT come to the conclusion that they were trying to incite the crowd?"
I honestly can't remember the last time I saw Trump Jr. not high.— Christopher Bouzy (@cbouzy) January 7, 2021
My disgust for this family has no depths.— James Jordan (@jjordan370) January 7, 2021
"Proud Boys stand back and stand by."— 🇺🇲 𝕯𝖆𝖗𝖙𝖍 𝕸𝖔𝖑𝖑𝖆𝖌𝖚𝖘 🌶 (@DarthMollagus) January 7, 2021
Oh man, they’ve ruined one of my favorite songs too now— Kristina (@dumb_birdDee) January 7, 2021
They must be held accountable!!!! ASAP— Barbara Fredrickson (@BarbaraFred74) January 7, 2021
It's like a Studio 54 horror film— Force Maj-eure (@LucasRoman) January 7, 2021
First I need to get past (every time) the very obvious cocaine-induced tongue rolling and jaw clashing. How is this even possible.— The TP Under trump’s Shoe🇺🇸 (@tpstucktotrump) January 7, 2021
I want to know who each and every person in that tent is. Name, relationship, history. Don Jr. and Kimberly need to be held accountable.— Q. (@QCassetti) January 7, 2021
Ugh this was so cringey to watch.— Nikki (@LadyBacktoBlack) January 7, 2021
This video literally gives me the chills. Maybe because I know what happens later, but it seems very ominous.— Lor (@LoriBuckley7) January 7, 2021
How can anyone look at these videos of the event prior to the riot and NOT come to the conclusion that they were trying to incite the crowd?— Scott St. Laurent (@heartofajedi) January 7, 2021
"All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened radical Democrats,” Trump told a crowd of supporters on the Ellipse just south of the White House. “We will never give up. We will never concede. It will never happen. You don’t concede when there’s death involved. Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore.”
Claiming that elections in “Third World countries” are “more honest,” Trump described his own efforts to undermine the democratic process as a populist crusade. “We will not let them silence your voices,” he said. “We’re not going to let it happen.”
Then came the key instructions. "Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy. And after this, we're going to walk down and I'll be there with you. We're going to walk down — We're going to walk down," he said. "Anyone you want, but I think right here, we're going to walk down to the Capitol — And we're going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women and we're probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them. Because you'll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong."