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Fox News hosts, Donald Trump Jr., pleaded with Trump to stop Capitol riot, reveal newly released texts

Fox News hosts, Donald Trump Jr., pleaded with Trump to stop Capitol riot, reveal newly released texts

The messages were sent to Meadows from hosts of the News outlet, unidentified Republican lawmakers, and even the former POTUS' own son Donald Trump Jr.

Fox News personalities Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Brian Kilmeade have passionately defended Donald Trump during his time in the White House. But when the January 6 insurrection raged, they implored his then-chief of staff, Mark Meadows, to stop the violent rioters as they stormed the Capitol, according to text messages that were released by the House committee while investigating the attack. 

The messages were sent to Meadows from hosts of the News outlet, unidentified Republican lawmakers, and the former POTUS' son Donald Trump Jr. The texts pleaded with Trump to condemn the violence publically and urge the public to stop the attack through a statement. "He's got to condemn this shit ASAP. The Capitol Police tweet is not enough," read Donald Trump Jr.'s message, according to vice-chair of the panel Rep. Liz Cheney.

The messages indicated the dismay of Trump's inner circle as the riot kept getting worse, according to CNN. "Can he make a statement? Ask people to leave the Capitol?" asked Hannity in a text to the former Trump aide during the riot, reports Huff Post. "Mark, the president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home," wrote Ingraham in a message. "This is hurting all of us. He is destroying his legacy." The network’s Brian Kilmeade also sent a text to Meadows that read, "Please get him on TV. Destroying everything you have accomplished."



 

Cheney noted that Meadows received "dozens" of messages that urged him to intervene and encourage "immediate action by the president." He did respond to the message sent by Trump's son saying, "I’m pushing it hard. I agree," as the 43-year-old noted, "We need an Oval Office address. He has to lead now. It has gone too far and gotten out of hand." Despite the pleas, Trump failed to act on them, something that Cheney described as "supreme dereliction of duty" on his end. 

There were also texts sent to Meadows from unnamed lawmakers that said former Vice President Mike Pence "should call out all electoral votes that he believes are unconstitutional as no electoral votes at all." This was happening as the riot was in full swing. "These text messages leave no doubt. The White House knew exactly what was happening here at the Capitol," said Cheney. "One text Mr. Meadows received said quote 'We are under siege here at the Capitol.'"



 

"In a third, 'Mark, protesters are literally storming the Capitol, breaking windows on doors, rushing in. Is Trump going to say something?' A fourth, 'There's an armed standoff at the House chamber door.' And another from someone inside the Capitol: 'We are all helpless.'" Cheney added, "Donald Trump Jr. texted, again and again, urging action by the President...But hours passed without necessary action by the President."

Meadows had reportedly submitted over 6,600 pages of records from his personal email accounts and around 2,000 text messages to the committee as part of their investigation into the attack. In one of these emails, Meadows assured that the National Guard would be available to "protect pro-Trump people" in the due course of the initial January 6 gathering where the public protested the results of the 2020 presidential election. 

While the panel wants to know about these plans, Meadows has not complied with their wishes. The explosive new details were released on Monday night as the committee met to recommend that Meadows be held in contempt of Congress for changing his decision and refusing to testify before lawmakers. 

Cover image source: Getty | Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice

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