New Book Reveals What Trump Said in Previous Shooting of His January 6 Video

In recording a message to the rioters who violently stormed the U.S. Capitol in January, former President Donald Trump initially did not tell them to go home, writes ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl in his new book.

Trump had to shoot the video multiple times, a White House employee told Karl, according to excerpts from Karl’s book “Betrayal,” reported by USA Today. In the version that was eventually made public, Trump told his followers in the Capitol: “We must have peace, so go home. We love you, you are very special.” This was after a mob of rioters ransacked the building in an attempt to undo the 2020 presidential election that Trump lost.

In the video posted, Trump also repeated the lie that he had rightfully won the election, saying he could understand the “pain” of his supporters.

However, in at least one recording that didn’t air, Trump didn’t actually tell his supporters to leave the Capitol, according to Karl’s book.

“A White House official who was there when the president taped it told me that in the previous rejected versions Trump failed to call on his supporters to leave the Capitol,” Karl writes, according to Raw Story. “He complained about the election. He sympathized with their anger, but he did not call for them to go home.”

Trump’s social media accounts were: suspended in the wake of the Capitol riots, after he continued to use provocative language that platforms deemed a risk of inciting further violence.

“Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show” was released Tuesday. In the book, Karl, who also wrote last year’s bestseller “Front Row at the Trump Show,” documents the 2020 election, the disinformation campaign that preceded and followed it, the January uprising, and Trump’s final days.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.


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