Countless left-wing media outlets have claimed that President Donald Trump incited violence and called for his supporters to attack the Capitol on January 6. Facebook even banned him for it. The truth is, he didn't.
What Trump Said
I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your votes heard today.
[Full Quote] After this, we’re going to walk down — and I’ll be there with you — we’re going to walk down, we’re going to walk down — anyone you want, but I think right here — we’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women. And we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them. Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness, you have to show strength, and you have to be strong. We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing, and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated — lawfully slated. I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your votes heard today.
While CNN and the MSM call it inciting violence, it isn't. Trump repeatedly and firmly urged his supporters to remain peaceful. After the violence broke out, he again urged for no violence, and asked for "everyone at the capital to remain peaceful".
Trump's speech emphasized peaceful protesting, and Trump's tweets following the speech condemned the violence and urged peace.
The Timeline Has Been Debunked
Noon - Trump begins speech
12:40 PM - Violent protestors arrived at the Capitol
01:09 PM - Conditions were poor and efforts were made to call in the National Guard.
01:11 PM - Trump concludes his speech
01:50 PM - Capitol was breached, prior to already being attacked for ~ 1 hr.
01:56 PM - Earliest that Trump speech attendees could arrive at the Capitol. (There's a 45-minute walk between the Trump's speech location and the Capitol)
In fact, rioters who breached the perimeter would have had to leave before Trump’s speech even began (at 12 pm precisely) to make it in time for the events as they are detailed by authorities. - The National Pulse
Bad actors were influenced independently by Trump; they had to have left far before Trump's speech concluded or before it even began.
The Attacks Were Planned
The FBI knew that there was potential for violence at the January 6 protest. The FBI warned local law enforcement about their intelligence, yet the protection given to the capital was minimal.
The Capitol Police rejected security help from the federal government even after communication with the FBI.
The FBI knew attacks were being planned, yet security was kept to a minimum. The attackers were there to attack regardless of Trump's speech, he didn't incite them.
Leftists Helped Incite the Attack
John Sullivan recorded himself entering the Capitol and posed as a journalist when interviewed on CNN. His role was more than a journalist; Sullivan instigated the crowd. With a megaphone, he yelled the following towards a crowd in front of the Capitol.
We about to burn this s**t down... It's time for a revolution
Who is John Sullivan? He's the founder of Insurgence USA, a group for racial justice and police reform. According to The Intercept, last summer he was denounced by Black Lives Matter in Utah for organizing a chaotic protest for racial justice.
The conclusion: Trump did not incite the violence on January 6.
Sources: Factbase, National Pulse, Newsweek, Justive.Gov