Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-Virgin Islands, claimed Wednesday that the “Save America” rally did not have a permit to march to the Capitol on Jan. 6 until President Trump stepped in.
Plaskett posted a photo of the permit, requested by organizing ‘Women for America First,” stating that the group was authorized to occupy the Ellipse from Jan. 2 until Jan. 8. The Ellipse is a park south of the White House. “This permit does not authorize a march from the Ellipse,” the permit posted by Plaskett read.
The group initially applied for a demonstration at the Lincoln Memorial and Freedom Plaza for Jan. 23 billed as a “First Amendment rally,” application documents provided to Fox News from the National Park Service (NPS) show.
They eventually withdrew that application and applied for another one on Jan. 6 at the Ellipse.
“The permit stated in no uncertain terms that the march from the ellipse was not permitted,” Plaskett said. “It was not until after President Trump and his team became involved in the planning that the march from the Ellipse to the Capitol came about.”
But while a “march” was not allowed, the permit for the Jan. 6 rally also mentioned that some participants would head to the Capitol.
According to the rally permit, provided by the National Park Service to Fox News:
“Women for America First will not conduct an organized march from the Ellipse at the conclusion of the rally. Some participants may leave to attend rallies at the United States Capitol to hear the results of Congressional certification of the Electoral College count.”
There does not appear to be any subsequent permit granted for a march at the request of Trump.
Plaskett also accused Trump of “orchestrating” and “inviting” insurgents to the Capitol, specifically pointing to his “stand back and stand by” comments to the far-right group Proud Boys in a Sept. 29 debate.
Plaskett posted photos of Proud Boys members at the rally on Jan. 6 wearing merchandise with Trump’s words emblazoned on the front.
In an appeal to Republican colleagues, Plaskett aired a clip of far-right activist Nick Fuentes leading a crowd of protesters before the riot in a chant of “destroy the GOP.”
Plaskett used one of Trump’s tweets against him, pointing to how the former president praised MAGA fans who reportedly tried to run a Biden campaign bus off the road in Texas on Oct. 30.
People in several trucks formed a so-called “Trump Train,” and surrounded the bus on Interstate 35. Witnesses said the group of Trump trucks was trying to get the bus to slow down and run it off the road.
Plaskett displayed a Trump tweet with video of the incident. “I LOVE TEXAS!” Trump had added. The portion where the “Trump Train” tried to run the bus off the road could not be seen.
After the FBI announced it was investigating the incident, Trump posted a subsequent tweet: “In my opinion, these patriots did nothing wrong.”
Plaskett said the leader of that caravan, Keith Lee, was among those who stormed the Capitol.
“These are the people that President Trump cultivated who were standing by,” she said.
Trump said after he made the comment that he did not know who the Proud Boys were.
Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.
Permit did not permit a march but said ‘some participants may leave to attend rallies at the United States Capitol’