A video that was taken by Donald Trump Jr. has circulated online. The video clip shows Trump, his children, and senior White House members partying and in a happy mood, just a couple of hours before Donald Trump riled up supporters and urged them to besiege the Capitol.
In the video, Trump Jr is seen partying with his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, sister Ivanka, brother Eric, chief of staff Mark Meadows, and other senior officials.
The video began circulating on social media and quickly drew criticism and had many echoing lawmakers and calling for Trump’s removal.
While speaking at a rally on Wednesday, Trump roused his supporters “to fight” and to “take back our country.” He even promised to join them.
“After this, we’re going to walk down, and I’ll be there with you,” he told them.
“We’re going to walk down to the Capitol. You’ll never take back our country with weakness, you have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”
Trump did not join the rioters instead he retreated to the safety of the White House. He watched in private and was reportedly delighted in the early moments of the violence being carried out in his name.
In the video, Trump and his family are partying in what appears to be a makeshift tent. In the background, Donald Trump, Ivanka, and Eric can be seen watching a row of monitors closely just before violence broke out.
At one point Don Jr turns the camera on himself and thanks to his father’s supporters for doing his bidding.
He referred to the rioters as “patriots” that were “sick of the bullish*t. He then repeatedly urged them to “fight.”
Many social media users responded to the video stating it proves the assault on the Capitol was “premeditated.”
As the Capitol was under attack Trump watched on and refused requests to condemn the rioter’s actions. One aide reportedly referred to Trump as a “total monster” for not condemning his supporter’s actions.
Now two days after the chaos calls of removing Trump/impeaching Trump grow louder.
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Many social media users pointed out that Trump was far too dangerous to remain the commander and chief of the world’s greatest and strongest military.
“I’m not worried about the next election, I’m worried about getting through the next 14 days,” Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said.
Graham went on to condemn Trump’s role in the riots and stated “if something else happens, all options would be on the table.”
Trump has now told aides that he will most likely pardon himself before leaving office.
Trump has reportedly asked specifically about the legal implications of pardoning himself before his term is up.
Trump is said to also be seriously considering giving preemptive pardons to his three eldest children-Ivanka, Don Jr, and Eric as well as his son-in-law Jared Kushner and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Trump told his advisors that he was greatly concerned about the Biden administration investigating his family for criminal wrongdoing.
This is not the first time Trump has brought up pardoning himself and his family he discussed pardons several times in the weeks leading up to the presidential election.
There is a legal debate as to whether Trump pardoning himself would be constitutional. No U.S. president in history has ever issued a pardon for himself.