Trump’s Latest Pelosi Claims Fact-Checked by CNN, Slammed as “Nonsense” 

Trump held a press conference in front of his Florida home following the two-hour hearing in the Supreme Court regarding Colorado’s decision to remove him from the ballot. While Trump’s attorney argued there was no “insurrection” on January 6, Trump said there was. 

CNN fact-checked Trump 

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Daniel Dale, a senior reporter for CNN, first talked about Trump’s statement, “I think it was an insurrection caused by Nancy Pelosi.” Dale responded, “That is an insane statement that is beyond fact-check false. That is completely deranged.” 

Inside the events 

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Dale reminded, “This was a mob of pro-Trump supporters called to town, urged to be wild by Trump himself. Nancy Pelosi tried to protect the Capitol and tried to summon National Guard troops. Completely bonkers nonsense.” 

Pelosi’s office agreed

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Nancy Pelosi’s office provided a statement to Rolling Stone, “No matter what unhinged lies Trump spews about the insurrection he instigated, as numerous independent fact-checkers have confirmed, Speaker Pelosi did not plan her own assassination.” 

Trump said there were no guns 

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Trump told reporters, “There were no guns, there was no anything” during the January 6 riots. CBS’ Scott MacFarlane corrected the former president, “There are, in fact, multiple January 6 defendants who were accused of having guns who have either pleaded guilty or been convicted at trial.”

CNN fact-checked this claim 

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Dale declared, “There were, in fact, guns,” adding, “We may never get a complete list of how many guns were there because most of the rioters were permitted to go home without arrest that day, but some people were arrested with guns.”


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The CNN reporter added, “This idea that it has taken hold in parts of the right, fueled by Trump, that there were no guns that day completely not true.” He included names of people with guns who participated in the Capitol attack.

Colorado Supreme Court agreed

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In the ruling, the Colorado Supreme Court wrote, “Contrary to President Trump’s assertion that no evidence in the record showed that the mob was armed with deadly weapons or that it attacked law enforcement officers in a manner consistent with a violent insurrection, the district court found – and millions of people saw on live television, recordings of which were introduced into evidence in this case – that the mob was armed with a wide array of weapons.” 

“Peacefully and patriotically”

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In front of Mar-a-Lago, Trump stated he urged supporters to act “peacefully and patriotically,” which he did at some point. In his hour-long speech, Trump used the word “fight” numerous times, while the phrase the former president mentioned was used once. For example, Trump said, “We fight like Hell, and if you don’t fight like Hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.” 

More from January 6 

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The former president also stated on January 6, “All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened radical-left Democrats, which is what they’re doing … We will never give up, we will never concede. It doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved.” 

“The insurrection took place on November” 

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In December 2021, Trump told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that January 6 was a “protest” and explained, “The insurrection took place on November 3, which was Election Day. This was a protest, and a lot of innocent people were being hurt. A lot of innocent people are being injured.”

Trump’s “beautiful day” 

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During a 2023 CNN town hall, the former president said that January 6 was a “beautiful day.” He said, “And that was because they thought the election was rigged. And they were there proud. They were there with love in their heart. That was unbelievable—and it was a beautiful day. And what I was asked to do – I wasn’t involved in it very much. I was asked to come in. Would I make a speech?”

Trump’s lawyer’s argument 

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The Supreme Court heard from Trump’s attorney, Jonathan F. Mitchell, who described the January 6, “The events were shameful criminal violence.” Still, he insisted it was not an “insurrection” but a “riot.” 

The ruling will likely be in Trump’s favor

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Numerous legal experts believe the Supreme Court will vote in Trump’s favor and keep him on the ballot. Check out the full fact-check report on CNN

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