January 6: Donald Trump spurned aides' pleas to call off Capitol mob

Desperate pleas from aides, allies, members of Congress and even Donald Trump’s own family were ignored on January 6 as the former president refused to call off the mob attack at the Capitol. Instead, Mr Trump poured “gasoline on the fire” by aggressively tweeting his false claims of a stolen election and telling the crowd of supporters in a video address how special they were. The next day, he declared anew: “I don’t want to say the election is over.” That was in a previously unaired outtake of a speech he was to give, shown at Thursday night’s prime-time hearing of the House investigating committee.

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