Speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference in Nashville on Friday, former President Donald Trump teased another White House bid, while also attacking the January 6 committee.
Trump spent much of his speech blasting the committee’s efforts as politically motivated, and insisting he’d done nothing wrong.
“It’s a complete and total fraud,” he said at the conference. He claimed footage had been selectively edited and downplayed the insurrection as “a simple protest that got out hand.”
“They’re taking six, eight and nine-hour depositions, and they’re putting up five-second clips, making everybody look bad,” Trump said. “They’ll take nine hours’ worth of depositions, destroying people, trying to destroy them, and out of the nine hours, they’ll put up a five-second clip, where they got a little tired.”
The former president also opined about those who are being prosecuted for their role in the Jan. 6 riot, and suggested that he would look at pardoning some of them if he wins the presidency again.
“Most people should not be treated the way they’re being treated, and if I become president someday, if I decide to do it, I will be looking at them very, very seriously for pardons,” he said.
He also denied the testimony of a former aide, Nicholas Luna, who told the committee that on the morning of Jan. 6, Trump had a phone conversation with Pence — described by Ivanka Trump as “heated” — in which Luna heard Trump call the vice president a “wimp.”
“I never called Mike Pence a wimp,” Trump said Friday. “I never called him a wimp. Mike Pence had a chance to be great. He had a chance to be, frankly, historic.”
The former president also kept alive the idea that he is considering another run for the presidency in 2024.
“One of the most urgent tasks facing the next Republican president — I wonder who that will be,” Trump said, prompting a standing ovation. “Would anybody like me to run for president?”
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