During an interview on Fox News on Thursday, President Donald Trump told Laura Ingraham that his supporters, who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, posed “zero threat.”
“It was zero threat. Right from the start, it was zero threat,” President Trump said.
Five people were killed during the riot at the Capitol building, including officer Brian Sicknick. Lawmakers were inside the Capitol that day to confirm the Electoral College results certifying Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
“Some of them went in and they’re, they’re hugging and kissing the police and the guards. You know, they had great relationships. A lot of the people were waved in and then they walked in and they walked out,” the former President said.
Trump delivered a speech at a rally before the attack, urging his supporters to “fight like hell” to overturn the election results.
President Trump was impeached by the house on a charge of incitement of insurrection. He was later acquitted by the Senate. Hundreds of people were charged in connection with the attacks. Many were connected to White supremacist and militia groups like the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and Three Percenters.