Former President Donald Trump excited many of his supporters with the announcement of a press conference on the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
According to subsequent reports, however, he has decided to cancel that event planned for Thursday at his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida.
“In light of the total bias and dishonesty”
According to Fox News, Trump made it clear that he would address the primary issues he had intended to discuss this week when he addresses a crowd later this month in Arizona.
He explained his decision to cancel the news conference in a statement released on Tuesday.
“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,” he asserted, according to the New York Post.
As for his Jan. 15 rally in Arizona, the former president declared that he “will discuss many of these important topics” in front of “a big crowd.”
The statement went on to amplify growing concerns among some Republicans that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) somehow contributed to the Capitol building’s vulnerability on the day of the riot and breach.
“More and more obvious”
“What has become more and more obvious to ALL is that the LameStream Media will not report the facts that Nancy Pelosi and the Capitol Sergeant-at-Arms denied requests for the D.C. National Guard or Military to be present at the Capitol,” Trump wrote.
Asserting that evidence exists to back up his claim, he accused the media of refusing to “report the truth.”
A House select committee dominated by Democrats continues to probe the circumstances surrounding the riot and is expected to hold a public hearing to provide a narrative of its findings.
Thus far, members of the panel have interviewed hundreds of witnesses and examined a trove of documents. The committee continues in its effort to view documents from the National Archives as well as secure the testimony of several former Trump aides.
Whatever the committee’s end game is, it seems likely that members intend to drag the narrative out through November as a possible influencing factor in the upcoming midterm elections.