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American Opinion: The truth about the lie: Trump, the election and Jan. 6

The truth about the lie fits perfectly with last week’s Jan. 6 hearing, which exposed that Trump’s plan all along was to urge the ginned-up, lied-to mob to train their ire, and their fire, on the U.S. Capitol.

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Former senior advisor to President Donald Trump Steve Bannon arrives at U.S. District Court for an appearance on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in Washington, D.C. He's heard describing Trump's 2020 election night strategy in newly uncovered audio.
Former senior advisor to President Donald Trump Steve Bannon arrives at U.S. District Court for an appearance on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in Washington, D.C. He's heard describing Trump's 2020 election night strategy in newly uncovered audio.
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It was all rigged, Donald Trump says — insisting that an election he lost fair and square was stolen in the largest conspiracy in human history, nevermind no evidence. But something was indeed rigged on Election Day and thereafter: The reaction of Trump himself.

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“So when you wake up Wednesday morning, it’s going to be a firestorm. You’re going to have antifa, crazy. The media, crazy. The courts are crazy. And Trump’s gonna be sitting there mocking, tweeting s--- out: ‘You lose. I’m the winner. I’m the king.’”

The truth about the lie fits perfectly with last week’s Jan. 6 hearing, which exposed that Trump’s plan all along was to urge the ginned-up, lied-to mob to train their ire, and their fire, on the U.S. Capitol.

He knew exactly what he was doing: deliberately undermining American democracy. That’s got to be a crime.

This American Opinion editorial is the opinion of the editorial board of the New York Daily News.

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