Texts show that Trump’s allies pleaded on January 6 and rallied after

A massive tranche of texts from former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows received by CNN show how former President Trump’s allies went from pleading for an end to the violence on January 6 to reaffirming their support for Trump in the wake .

Why it’s important: The more than 2,300 texts provide a rare insight into the communications between the White House and a network of Trump staff, Fox hosts and lawmakers in the post-election period in 2020.

  • Meadows submitted the texts to the select committee on January 6, before suspending his cooperation, prompting Parliament to refer him to the DOJ for contempt of Congress.

A spokesman for the committee on January 6 rejected Axios’ request for comment.

Driver news: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) Was in frequent contact with Meadows during this time frame, the lyrics show.

  • On December 31, 2020, she texted him: “We have to get organized on the 6th.”
  • On January 6, 2021, she wrote a text message: “Mark I was just told that there is an active shooter on the first floor of the Capitol. Please tell the President to reassure people. That is not the way to solve anything.”
  • Later that day, however, she withdrew and began talking about an unfounded conspiracy theory about the troublemakers: “Mark, we do not think these attackers are our people. We think they are Antifa. Dressed as Trump supporters.”

Next day, Greene had already integrated the “Antifa” narrative into his mindset and apologized to Meadows for not overturning the election.

  • “I’m sorry nothing worked. I do not think President Trump caused the attack on the Capitol. It’s not his fault … He’s been the greatest president. I will continue to defend him,” she wrote.
  • She said she condemned the violence, but “when people try everything and no one listens and nothing works, I think they have no other choice.”
  • On January 17, Greene texted Meadows that “several” lawmakers said in a members-only chat that “the only way to save our republic is for Trump to demand the Marshall Act. [sic]”urges Trump to” declassify as much as possible so we can go after Biden and everyone else! “

Other House Members and Trump employees also sent a text message to Meadows on January 6 calling for an end to the violence.

  • Former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney: “Mark: he needs to stop this now. Can I do anything to help?”
  • Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus: “TELL THEM TO GO HOME !!!”
  • Rep. William Timmons (RS.C.): “The President Must Stop This ASAP”
  • Donald Trump Jr .: “It’s his you go to the mattresses on. They will try to fuck his whole legacy on this if it gets worse.”

But some members took Greene’s path about quickly adapting their support for Trump to the new normal.

  • Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) sent a text message on January 6: “Cap Police told me last night that they had been warned that today there would be a lot of Antifa dressed in red Trump shirts and hats and would probably be violent. “
  • “I would like to pass on to POTUS that we are still with him, I believe in him and I would like to encourage him,” the rep wrote. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) On January 9th.

Editor’s note: This post was corrected to reflect that rep. Andrew Clyde texted Meadows on January 9, not January 6.

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