Former first lady Melania Trump was informed of the attack on the Capitol as soon as the barricades were breached, but refused to issue a statement calling for an end to the violence.
Former Melania Trump's chief of staff says the former first lady refused to call for an end to the violence.
At 1:25 p.m. on January 6, shortly after the rioters broke the barricades outside the Capitol, MELANIA TRUMP received a text message from her then Chief of Staff STEPHANIE GRISHAM.
"Would you like to tweet that peaceful protest is the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence?" Grisham asked the first lady.
A minute later, Melania replied with a one-word answer: "No." At that moment, she was preparing at the White House for a photoshoot of a carpet she'd selected, based on exclusive excerpts from Grisham's upcoming book "I'll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw in The Trump White House". received from POLITICO.
The White House knew as soon as the Capitol was breached
This information is significant because it is evidence that the White House knew about the attack on the Capitol almost immediately and chose not to act.
Melania Trump, who does not make a statement calling for an end to the violence, is enlightening because she shows that the Trumps wanted the violence. On a human level, Melania Trump didn't care that the Capitol was attacked.
Stephanie Grisham will likely be called as a witness before the 1/6 committee.
Donald and Melania Trump could have stopped the attack on the Capitol. Grisham's report is evidence that Donald Trump knew what was happening on Jan. 6 and chose not to act.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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