Speaking in Concord, New Hampshire on Friday, failed one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump confused former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley with Speaker Emeritus Nancy Pelosi, stated that Haley had been offered thousands of troops on January 6, 2021, and was to blame for the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Trump suggested that Haley was unable to draw more than “nine people” to her rallies in the Granite State. But it was what he said next that has led to suggestions the ex-president is suffering from dementia.
“By the way, they never report the crowd on Jan. 6. You know Nikki Haley, Nikki Haley, Nikki Haley. You know they – do you know they destroyed all of the information, all of the evidence, everything, deleted and destroyed all of it. All of it.”
“Because of lots of things like Nikki Haley is in charge of security — we offered her 10,000 people, soldiers, National Guards, whatever they want. They turned it down. They don’t want to talk about that. These are very dishonest people.”
Trump has said on several occasions that he offered thousands of troops to protect the Capitol on Jan. 6, but has never proven he actually did.
The Associated Press notes that Drew Hammill, a spokesperson for Pelosi, remarked last year that the former House speaker “was no more in charge of Capitol security than Mitch McConnell was.”
“This is a clear attempt to whitewash what happened on January 6th and divert blame.”
Twitter/X users suggested that Trump cannot “identify a fucking whale” and speculated about what is causing the ex-president’s rapid mental deterioration.