Trump dodges Jan. 6 question and brags about polls at Mar-A-Lago party
Former President Donald Trump ignored a question about the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol and boasted about it “Fantastic” Polls at his New Year’s Eve party at his resort in Mar-a-Lago.
Most embarrassing for Trump was that he offered “media availability” in Mar-a-Lago and not a single cable news outlet (including the right-wing Newsmax) covered it, Raw Story reported.
Fringe conservative media company Right Side Broadcasting Network posted a video of Trump speaking for just a few minutes to what sounded like a few reporters outside. He slammed the FBI, calling for a “strong border” and refusing any help to Ukraine against the Russian invasion there.
He “walked away from a question of how to mark the second anniversary of the January 6 violence and alleged attempted coup at the US Capitol this week,” the Palm Beach Post reported. He also ignored questions about whether he supports an abortion ban and about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ call for an investigation into COVID-19 vaccines.
Trump turned his salute to his honored Mar-a-Lago members at the venue into a political speech as he slammed inflation and the “raging” war in Ukraine. He also took a not-too-veiled dig at Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg for failing to get more flights launched by private Southwest Airlines in recent weeks.
Trump rings in the new year by getting the celebrations underway with a positive, uplifting message. Biggest party host ever! pic.twitter.com/hxrKJHarfs
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) January 1, 2023
The Palm Beach Post pointed to a notable lack of celebrities who have attended Trump parties in the past, reporting that the most prominent attendees were the usual suspects in his political circle, such as Rudy Giuliani, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and the second eldest son Eric Trump and his wife Lara.
Trump still believes he can goad the media and continues to pretend to be the president in his “Barbie dream house” in Mar-a-Lago, a longtime Washington Post confidante told last month.
He was surprised at how little his comments got on the news, according to aides. Trump reportedly asked advisers in early 2021 if he could convene a press pool like the one at the White House for an event in Mar-a-Lago.
“We had to explain to him that he no longer has a group waiting for him,” said a former Post employee. “The stations do not broadcast his rallies. He no longer gets interviews. He can’t stand under the wing of Air Force One and chatter [with reporters] for one hour.”
Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump arrive in Mar-a-Lago for the New Year’s Eve celebration. Trump expected a lot of press.
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