In the audio, which was taken from an interview with The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker for their book “I Alone Can Fix It,” Trump insisted the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol was “a loving crowd.”
“They were ushered in by the police. I mean, in all fairness, the Capitol Police were ushering people in,” Trump said. “The Capitol Police were very friendly, you know they were hugging and kissing. You don’t see that, but there’s plenty of tape on that too.”
The footage showed Capitol Police being overwhelmed and attacked by a violent mob, which then broke into the building and ransacked Congress. At least 138 officers suffered injuries, including burns, concussions and fractures.
Trump then made more wild and debunked claims, including the false notion that it was statistically impossible for him to have lost to Joe Biden, and attacked the judges who ruled against him.
“This is like listening to Nixon drunk rambling, except he’s not drunk,” Cooper said. “He’s just rambling and that he still is holding onto all these lies.”
Cooper called it sickening that Trump would believe these are “loving” people who attacked the U.S. Capitol.
See the full conversation above, and listen to the full audio on The Washington Post website.