Trump cancels Florida press conference scheduled for January 6 – Twin Cities

By JILL COLVIN

NEW YORK (AP) – Former President Donald Trump has canceled a press conference he had planned to hold in Florida on the anniversary of the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol by his supporters.

Trump said in a statement Tuesday night that he would instead discuss his grievances at a rally he planned in Arizona later this month.

Trump was expected to use the press conference to denounce the Congressional committee investigating the events of January 6, when a crowd of his supporters violently stormed the Capitol in an attempt to stop the transfer peaceful power and repeat his lies about the 2020 elections.

Trump continues to falsely insist that the election was “stolen” and that the “real” insurgency took place on election day, November 3, 2020, the day Democrat Joe Biden won the votes that led. to his 306-232 victory in the Electoral College. Federal and state election officials, Trump’s own attorney general, and numerous judges – some of whom he has appointed – have all repeatedly said the election was fair and there was no credible evidence serious fraud.

“In light of the total bias and dishonesty of the unselected Committee of Democrats on January 6, two failed Republicans and bogus news media, I am canceling the January 6 press conference in Mar-a-Lago Thursday and I will discuss it instead. of these important topics at my rally on Saturday January 15 in Arizona, ‚ÄĚTrump wrote.

Trump, who an ally said spoiled the event because he felt it would not be covered fairly, was pressured to cancel from some who thought it was misguided, in especially in election year. Republicans hope to regain control of the House and Senate in this fall’s midterm elections, and some party members fear the former president’s continuing obsession with the 2020 election and efforts to defend the Rioters don’t discourage voters that the party must win.

Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a friend and ally of Trump, told Axios news outlet he had urged Trump to cancel, telling him during a round of golf in West Palm Beach this weekend that ‘”There might be a danger in holding a new conference. … Better to focus on electoral reform instead.

The event would have been Trump’s second press conference since leaving office. Although he has been banned from Twitter and other social media, he has appeared regularly in conservative media and has organized numerous rallies and other events.

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