Former President Trump responds to Jan. 6th hearings at Nashville conference
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Former President Donald Trump spoke to an enthusiastic crowd in Nashville Friday, addressing the Jan. 6 hearings for the first time.
After a long list of Republicans, including Tennessee senators, spent hours building momentum for the midterm election, the former President himself took the stage. His supporters traveled from across the country to watch him speak.
“I want the camera to scan the audience and look at the diversity of people in the audience,” Kesha Frelot said.
In his speech at the Road to Majority event, a conservative Christian conference by the Faith & Freedom Coalition, President Trump addressed the Jan. 6 hearings, calling them a “witch hunt.”
“If you just insert January 6 instead of Russia, Russia, Russia,” Trump said. “They are knowingly spinning a fake and phony narrative in a chilling attempt to weaponize the justice system against their political opponents.”
While repeatedly maintaining his claim the 2020 election was stolen, the former president threw punches not only at his Democrat counterparts but fellow Republicans.
“Mike Pence had a chance to be great. He had a chance to be, frankly, historic. But, just like Bill Barr and the rest of these weak people, Mike, and I say it sadly because I like him, Mike did not have the courage to act.”
At one point, Trump asked the crowd, “Would anybody like me to run for president?” They answered with an eruption of cheers. But, despite what appeared to be a tease to a presidential run in 2024, his supporters weren’t totally convinced.
“Me personally, I don’t think he’s going to run again,” Gavi Steele said. “If it is him, we would love it, great if he’s supporting someone else, great. I think anyone with him in their corner is perfect.”
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