Donald Trump releases statement on eve of Capitol riot anniversary urging MAGA followers to ‘rise up’ against ‘mandate happy’ Democrats over plans to close schools and enforce COVID vaccines for children
Trump had planned to hold a press conference at his Mar-a-Lago resort on Thursday, but was warned against it by his allies, who felt it was provocative and likely to be damaging.
Instead, he issued a statement criticizing Joe Biden‘s handling of the COVID pandemic.
‘Now, there’s talk by the Biden Administration again about closing schools and even vaccine mandates for school children,’ Trump said.
‘This is an outrage, and MAGA nation should rise up and oppose this egregious federal government overreach.’
The urging of his supporters to ‘rise up’ hours before the anniversary of an event in which four of his supporters died raised eyebrows, although he used the words in the context of urging his followers to push back against government policies.
Tension has been mounting as the anniversary approached, and the Capitol Police were recently warned of online posts that called for a ‘real insurrection,’ CNN reported.
Joe Biden will speak from the Capitol on Thursday morning.
The White House said Biden would push back against Trump’s claims, adopted by many of his followers, that his election defeat was the result of widespread fraud, as well as attempts to downplay the violence of the worst assault on the Capitol since the War of 1812.