Former President Donald Trump may have cancelled his planned January 6 press event, but that didn’t prevent him from finding a cable news outlet willing to air his election conspiracy theories and whitewashing of the Capitol insurrection.
Trump sat down with One America News Network (OAN) to continue his efforts to undermine democracy with false election claims in an interview that first aired on January 4. During the discussion with OAN’s Christina Bobb, Trump praised her and the network for helping cover the “rigged” election, saying, “You cover this better than anybody, and you know what you do and what OAN does is so important.” (Bobb has spearheaded efforts to overturn the 2020 election results through audits and was present at the “war room” at the Willard Hotel during the day of the Capitol riots.)
Trump announced yesterday that he would not be going forward with a planned news conference on January 6, most likely because media outlets weren’t going to air it, making OAN’s platforming of his conspiracy theories and January 6 rantings all the more notable; Trump used the interview to air a list of grievances, whitewash the events of January 6, 2021, and push fabricated and debunked claims that the election was stolen from him.
During the interview, Trump brought up the the Capitol attack, claiming that his supporters were in Washington, D.C., in “massive numbers'' because “the election got rigged and stolen from the American people.” He claimed that only a “tiny percentage” of the people at his speech at the Ellipse “went to the Capitol” and that “there was love that day” among the crowd. Most of Trump’s concerns were about the media, in his opinion, not fairly showing the size of the audience – “the biggest crowd I’ve ever spoken to by far” -- and then he got distracted by relitigating the size of his inauguration audience.
Later in the interview, after Bobb prompted Trump about unproven cheating in the election, Trump claimed news would be emerging soon that “numerous states are going to be turned,” adding that “it’ll show they were won by me” and erroneously claiming he “won” Arizona.