Former President Donald Trump released a statement following the anniversary of the Jan. 6 protest, showing his disgust with Democrats for their showmanship.
“What we witnessed yesterday was the last gasps of a corrupt and discredited left-wing political and media establishment that has, for decades, driven our country into the ground,” Trump said. “Shipping away our jobs, surrendering our strength, sacrificing our sovereignty, attacking our history and values, and trying to turn America into a country that our people can barely recognize.”
“Joe Biden’s voice is now the voice of desperation and despair,” he wrote. “His handlers gave him that speech to read yesterday because they know the unprecedented failures of his presidency and the left-wing extremism of the Pelosi–Schumer Congress have destroyed the Democrat Party.”
Trump went on to describe all of the legal action Democrats have taken under the guise of defense against “insurrection.”
“The American People also see that January 6 has become the Democrats’ excuse and pretext for the most chilling assault on the civil liberties of American citizens in generations,” he said.
“It is being used to justify outrageous attacks on free speech, widespread censorship, de-platforming, calls for increased domestic surveillance, appalling abuse of political prisoners, labeling opponents of COVID lockdowns and mandates as national security threats, and even ordering the FBI to target parents who object to the radical indoctrination of their children in school.”
Trump closed his statement by restating his confidence in the American people, explaining that the Democrats have failed and instilling hope that “America WILL be great again.”
While this isn’t a direct response to any particular Democrat, Trump was directly called out in Biden’s Jan. 6 speech.
In his speech, referring to the “former president,” Biden called Trump a liar repeatedly and accused him of spearheading the protest, saying Trump’s supporters “held a dagger at the throat of America.”
While Trump did take some direct shots at Biden and the Democrats, his statement reflected his true sentiments and restated his vision for America:
“From the very beginning, all that Americans have wanted is great jobs, safe neighborhoods, strong borders, good schools, a proud nation, and a government that LISTENS to the American People,” he said. “That is what our movement has always been about—and that is what we are focused on to this day.”