Psaki: Maybe Trump ‘learned something’ from Biden’s Jan. 6 speech
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday wondered whether former President Trump may have learned some lessons from President Biden’s speech marking the anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.
“Maybe he learned something about what it looks like to meet the moment in the country,” Psaki said of Trump’s response. “To meet the moment where people are hurting, they are thinking of the pain, all of the people who worked in that Capitol who were there a year ago. Whether they were members of Congress, their staff, janitors or journalists. And to speak to who we can be and call for people’s higher powers to reach that. Maybe he learned something from that. I guess we’ll see.”
Her comments came after Trump dismissed Biden’s remarks as “political theater.”
Biden earlier Thursday marked the anniversary of the day hundreds of pro-Trump rioters violently stormed the Capitol complex in an attempt to stop the certification of Biden’s electoral victory. The riots followed a speech by Trump near the White House during which he repeated falsehoods about the 2020 election results and urged his supporters to march to the Capitol and make their voices heard.
The president attacked his predecessor in blunt and direct terms for his role in the insurrection, even without naming him directly.
“The former president of the United States of America has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election. He has done so because he values power over principle, because he sees his own interest as more important than his country’s interest, America’s interest, and because his bruised ego means more to him than our democracy and our Constitution,” Biden said, his voice rising throughout the speech. “He can’t accept he lost.”
Trump, who canceled a previously scheduled press conference in Florida for Thursday, issued multiple statements in response that repeated debunked and false claims that the 2020 election was somehow fraudulent despite multiple audits and court hearings determining otherwise.
“The Democrats want to own this day of January 6th so they can stoke fears and divide America,” Trump said in a statement. “I say, let them have it because America sees through theirs lies and polarizations.”