Donald Trump ally Pastor Darrell Scott has claimed recent reports revealing that the Capitol Police were told to hold off on their response to the January 6 attack is proof that the riot was a “set up” for Trump take the blame for it.
Scott, founder of the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and CEO of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, was discussing the finding of Inspector General Michael Bolton’s report on his show on iHeartRadio.
The damming report, obtained by news organizations including The New York Times and the Associated Press, found that Capitol Police were warned about the potential for violence on January 6 and that “Congress itself is the target.” The review added officers were instructed not to aggressively attempt to disperse rioters and ordered not to use weapons.
It comes after some Capitol Police officers were rebuked for their conduct on the day of the attack and the department was criticised over its failure to fully prepare despite receiving intelligence that far-right extremists were planning on carrying out violence that day.
Scott said that the report reveals details that the public were already aware of, such as that the January 6 insurrection was pre-planned.
If that was the case, he argued, Trump cannot be blamed for inciting the riots with his speech in Washington D.C. that day, which proceeded several weeks of him falsely claiming he lost a “rigged” election because of widespread voter fraud.
“The New York Times just confirmed what we all knew, that the Capitol riots were pre-planned,” Scott said. “The Capitol riots were pre-planned, and that they knew days in advance that it was coming.
“The Capitol Police were told to hold back on the response, they were given a stand down order. This was no coup, it was no insurrection, it was no attempt to overturn the election. They were told to stand down.
“It was a setup,” Scott added. “It was a setup for those congressmen and senators who hated Donald Trump, to have another impeachment hearing to try to prevent him from ever being able to hold public office again.”
Trump became the first president in history to be impeached for a second time over claims he encouraged his supporters to storm the Capitol on January 6. Trump was later acquitted following a Senate trial after 57 senators voted guilty and 43 senators voted not guilty, meaning he did not meet the two-third threshold needed for a conviction.
Scott said that the fact the attack was pre-planned by the mob, which consisted of Trump supporters, showed that it was not “a spontaneous event” at the direction of the former president.
“It was not a spontaneous activity that Donald Trump instigated from the rally they had that morning,” Scott said.
Scott added that he is considering “putting my hat back in the ring” and running for Congress in response to all the “gutless” Senators who voted to impeach Trump.
In response to the Office of Inspector General’s review, Capitol Police said in a statement that it supports plans for “implementing changes to improve its operational readiness and the physical security infrastructure” to prevent future attacks.