Mob chants ‘Hang Mike Pence’ in video from Capitol riots Report Video Issue *This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
The extraordinary situation that engulfed Washington after thousands of President Donald Trump's supporters, egged on by his speech, rioted in the US Capitol has taken the world by storm. Amidst a global shock and dismay at the ungainly scenes, politicos all over the world have condemned the incidents of unlawful rioting, vandalism, and arson committed on the government building.
Twitter erupted with myriad reactions at the violent conduct Trump's supporters displayed in the Capitol building, and watched as the formal, boring, administrative capital city of the US turned into a spectacle for a day with mobs indulged in rioting in the citadel of democracy. Amid the sea of confounded reactions, a controversial new video has emerged, which shows the Trump family in a celebratory mood shortly before the US Capitol siege.
The video, which went viral on Twitter today, shows the President, his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric, daughter Ivanka, and several other officials celebrating in a makeshift tent as their 'Save America March' got underway on the streets. Engaged in the revelry were also White House chief-of-staff Mark Meadows, and Trump Jr's girlfriend and advisor KimberlyGuilfoyle.
The video was posted by author and activist Amy Sis kind on Twitter, and has triggered a host of reactions from angry netizens all across the world who take it as a hint of the US Capitol siege being “premeditated”. As if not content with the ruinous effect this could cause on their respective political PR, Trump Jr then goes on to pan the footage across the tent to show whatever the rest of its constituents were doing.
His girlfriend KimberlyGuilfoyle makes a gleeful appearance, dancing to the beats of the 80s pop hit, before encouraging the viewers to “have the courage to do the right thing.” The video has now gathered considerable traction on social media, with netizens noting it as a clear act of incitement, especially with the repeated use of the word 'fight' in it.
As one Twitter user noted in a somewhat blunt, but perhaps brutally honest and a bit of pitiful tone, “Trump told them he was coming with them, then got in the limo and drove the opposite direction.” Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Show MoreS how Less Guilfoyle, the finance chair of the Trump Victory Committee, was the only speaker Monday night who broke into a feral scream at times despite having no live audience present.
Former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and Guilfoyle's boyfriend Donald Trump Jr. all spoke in normal conversational tones. Following the first night of the convention, CNN's Jim Acosta said he spoke with two separate advisers to the Trump campaign who did not love Guilfoyle's speech.
Trump Jr has shocked and horrified viewers with his Christmas Day address on Facebook Live. The president’s son, who famously loves social media as much if not more than his dad, popped over to Facebook on Friday for a five-and-a-half-minute address to his 3.4 million followers.
Trump Jr basically tries to say he’s grateful for Guilfoyle, but perhaps in sarcasm or an attempt at humor ends up being grossly disrespectful, saying: The rest of the video is a bizarre ramble about how great Kimberly is at telling Trump Jr what he shouldn’t tweet, and railing against “media and big tech”, saying he knows he’s doing well because he’s being “censored” and “kicked off platforms” but also bragging about getting a “ridiculous amount of engagement”.
The clip went immediately viral, with people calling it “tone-deaf” and “embarrassing”, and saying he “humiliated” her. People bemoaned the fact that they found themselves feeling sympathy towards Guilfoyle, who has been supportive of the Trump administration.
Since the video was posted yesterday afternoon on Twitter, it’s been viewed 2.9 million times, and it’s fair to say no one’s jumping to his defense. He works for the Trump Organization and has been active in his father’s presidential campaigns, often speaking out on Instagram and Facebook in support of the president’s policies.
He has been criticized for spreading conspiracy theories and stoking violence in the face of his father’s defeat in the 2020 election. Just minutes before a pro-Trump mob stormed into the Capitol, causing panicked evacuations of lawmakers who had gathered to certify the 2020 election results and five deaths, the president delivered an hour-long speech at the Ellipse, a park near the White House, almost urging his supporters to march toward the federal building.
While the speech was heard all over the world, what went down in the moments leading up to Trump taking the stage was recently revealed in a live stream video posted by his son, Donald Trump Jr. Trump's 'Save America Rally' had the president telling his supporters to 'stop the steal' of the election.
In a live stream of the moments in a tent set up as a backstage area, before the president made an entrance, Trump Jr. revealed who all were present, and the mood that permeated the Trump camp. But this is pretty incredible,” he says with the camera pointed toward his face, as music blasts in the backdrop.
After a while, he panned his camera to show massive TV screens set up inside the tent as Trump and Ivanka, who stood beside the president, monitored the news coverage of the event. Trump Jr's girlfriend, KimberlyGuilfoyle, was also inside the tent, bursting into a jig at one point in the video.
At another point, Trump stood motionless as he stared intently into one of the monitors for quite some time. The video received a number of reactions, as some people mocked the clip and others expressed getting chills watching.
“I honestly can't remember the last time I saw Trump Jr not high,” one of then said, while another wrote, “My disgust for this family has no depths.” “Oh man, they’ve ruined one of my favorite songs too now,” the next quipped.
“All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened radical Democrats,” Trump told a crowd of supporters on the Ellipse just south of the White House. Claiming that elections in “Third World countries” are “more honest,” Trump described his own efforts to undermine the democratic process as a populist crusade.
The party atmosphere is in stark contrast to the sickening scenes beamed across the globe hours later than Trump's supporters routed police and attacked Congress as it tried to certify Joe Biden's election win. Five people perished in the carnage, including a female rioter shot at close range deep inside the heart of the Capitol building and a cop who died later from his injuries.
Kathy Folk, who manages Iranian's legacy after she died in 2004, blasted the use of the song, tweeting: 'It’s absolutely appalling to hear ‘Gloria’ being played in the background of a widely-circulating video of Pres. Moments after Don Jr. stopped filming Wednesday, Trump stood in front of the White House and told the crowds he would 'never concede' November's election.
It wasn't until Thursday night, more than 24 hours after his supporters trashed the Capitol building and sent lawmakers scurrying for safety, that Trump released a recorded statement calling for 'healing and reconciliation.' Trump announced Friday he will snub Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony on January 20th, while his remaining aides and allies described him as a 'total monster' and 'mad King George' as his presidency ends in chaos.
Trump isolated himself from his staff and the Republican Party, holed up in the Oval Office with a bunker mentality as aides pleaded with him to send a message of healing to the country in the aftermath of the MAGA mob storming Capitol Hill. As the world reacts to the deadly mob violence that broke out at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, some Twitter users are saying President Donald Trump and his family had a viewing party to watch his supporters storm Capitol Hill.
“Guys, getting ready to go out there,” a celebratory Donald Jr. says in the clip, which he apparently streamed live from a tented area behind the scenes. According to CNBC, Donald Jr. also wished Eric a happy birthday in the clip and called him “an old, old broken down man.” He referred to Eric’s wife, Lara Trump, as a “future senator,” referring to her interest in running for U.S. Senate.
In the video, Donald Jr. also records Kimberly, his girlfriend since 2018, dancing to the music and grinning at the camera. If the Trump family did have a “viewing party” for the riot, it wasn’t shown the footage Donald Jr. shared.
Even so, however, the family was scoping out the crowd of supporters, many of whom participated in the riot that left five people dead on Wednesday. Now the president is facing condemnation, social media exile, and possible impeachment for his role in inciting the riot.
“And we’re gonna cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women. On Twitter, viewers of the clip called the backstage celebrations a “viewing party” for watching the violence.
Another wrote : “Trump Jr says, ‘A few more minutes, and we’ll have a live stream in.’ Then Kimberley says for them to fight.