Donald Trump holds Nancy Pelosi responsible for the insurrection on January 6th.


In a recent interview, Donald Trump presented an unusual target of blame for the events of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The ex-president claimed that Nancy Pelosi, the former House Speaker from California, enabled groups of aggressive Trump supporters to seize control of the U.S. Capitol by purportedly rejecting his proposal to deploy the National Guard.

On January 6, 2021, a large number of individuals gathered at Capitol Hill with the intention of preventing the validation of President Joe Biden’s win. This came about due to President Trump’s continuous false claims regarding a fraudulent election.

Last June, a Senate report with bipartisan support linked seven fatalities to the violence that occurred on that particular day. In late 2021, the House January 6 committee accused Trump of participating in a “multi-part conspiracy” aimed at overturning the outcome of the 2020 election.

On January 6, rioters specifically focused on Pelosi. Individuals roamed the corridors of Congress, repeatedly chanting, “Nancy! Oh Nancy! We are in search of you!” Some individuals caused damage to her office and created chaos within the entire building.

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks at the White House on August 16, 2023.
Nancy Pelosi, the previous Speaker of the House from California, addresses the White House on August 16, 2023.
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During an interview on “Meet the Press” that aired on Sunday, Trump disregarded the aforementioned facts while speaking to Kristen Welker.

Trump made a bold attempt to alter the narrative by suggesting that if Pelosi had agreed to his proposal of deploying the National Guard before January 6, she could have averted the chaos and violence that occurred on that day. This offer was made in relation to his plans of organizing a “Stop the Steal” rally near the Capitol.

“I cannot reword”

“I cannot reword.”

Welker responded by stating that Pelosi claims Trump did not formally ask for her approval to mobilize the National Guard. However, it seems that the journalist was unable to fully verify Trump’s statement during their conversation.

The security of the Capitol and the requests for the National Guard are not under the control of the speaker of the House. Instead, these decisions are made by the Capitol Police Board, who have provided contradictory explanations of the events leading up to and on Jan. 6.

Former President Donald Trump speaks during the Pray Vote Stand summit in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 15, 2023.
Former President Donald Trump speaks during the Pray Vote Stand summit in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 15, 2023.

According to an investigation by The New York Times, Pelosi approved a request for reinforcements from House sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving at around 1:43 p.m. that day, a full two hours before the Pentagon gave the District of Columbia National Guard commander permission to deploy troops.

Although Trump criticized Pelosi for her supposed errors, he did not disclose whether he took action to control the attack as it was happening.

“I won’t provide any information,” Trump informed Welker. “I presumed that [Pelosi] handled it.”

During an interview on MSNBC, Pelosi addressed Trump’s allegations by stating that he has a tendency to project his own faults onto others, implying that he is aware of his own responsibility but chooses to deflect it onto someone else.

You can view the complete interview of Trump on “Meet the Press” by clicking here.