The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Swings and (Badly) Misses

[Note to readers: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway (“Berkshire”), or any other entity referenced. Edina Realty is a subsidiary of Berkshire.]

It’s difficult to think Mr. Trump ever envisioned what followed [his January 6 speech]: that instead of merely making a boisterous display, the crowd would riot, assault the police, invade the building, send lawmakers fleeing with gas masks, trash legislative offices, and leave in its wake a dead Capitol officer.”

–“The Trump Impeachment Evidence”; The Wall Street Journal (2/11/2021).

So, The Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board can’t imagine that President Trump intended his followers to physically attack the Capitol following his January 6 speech?

I sure can.

The proof is his reaction — make that non-reaction — to the tsunami of live-on-tv evidence that his supporters were doing anything but peaceably protesting.

Horrified? Try, Delighted

Instead of registering shock or even dismay that his words were misconstrued and immediately demanding a halt to the attack, Trump reportedly delighted in the violence being committed in his name.

In fact, he was supposedly so enthralled watching the attack unfold on live tv that he reportedly declined repeated, frantic calls from members of his own party inside the Capitol to call off the attack.

Trump did, however, manage to tweet “We love you, you’re very special” to the rioters.

Only hours later did he finally tell his followers to go home.

Of course, weeks earlier, he’d tweeted “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!”

Sorry, Wall Street Journal, your assertion that Donald Trump was somehow surprised or upset by the violent attack on the Capitol that he incited is belied by a mountain of contrary evidence.

Try again . . .

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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