On the one-year anniversary of the incident at the US Capitol on January 6, former President Trump is canceling a planned press conference.
The former president had intended to use his Thursday press conference at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., as a counterpoint to a planned prayer session at the Capitol to memorialize the Jan. 6 events.
Trump blamed the postponement on the House select committee entrusted with investigating the Jan. 6 disturbance in a statement. He said he will instead tackle many of the topics he wanted to discuss at the press conference at a rally in Arizona on Jan. 15.
“In light of the total bias and dishonesty of the January 6th Unselect Committee of Democrats, two failed Republicans, and the Fake News Media, I am canceling the January 6th Press Conference at Mar-a-Lago on Thursday, and instead will discuss many of those important topics at my rally on Saturday, January 15th, in Arizona – It will be a big crowd!” he said.
Trump was expected to use his Thursday news conference to repeat his false claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him by widespread voter fraud, as well as to criticize the House select committee investigating the events of Jan. 6, when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol as lawmakers met to certify President Biden's electoral victory.
His words were supposed to serve as a prelude to a sombre prayer session in Washington, which would commemorate the bloodiest attack on the United States Capitol in generations.
While Trump retains the GOP's and voters' devotion, some Republicans are concerned that his scheduled press conference would force the party and its candidates to re-fight the 2020 election and the former president's bogus accusation of fraud as the 2022 midterm elections approach.
However, some of Trump's most ardent followers backed his plan to hold a press conference on Jan. 6 to discuss the 2020 race. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind. ), the leader of the hardline Republican Study Committee, said he applauded Trump's statements in an interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham on Monday.
"President Trump has important things to say on Thursday, on Jan. 6," Banks said. "And like so many others, I’m looking forward to hearing what President Trump has to say."
Nonetheless, Trump's press conference may have posed a political danger for him, since he is rumored to be considering a run for the White House in 2024. While his false allegation that he was robbed of the 2020 presidential election has gained traction among Republican voters, polls show that the majority of Americans feel Biden's victory was legal.