Opinion: Donald Trump’s influence is fading

“I will be having a news conference on January 6th at Mar-a-Lago to discuss all of these points, and more,” said the former president in a statement so jammed with outlandish claims and trolling asides that it reads as if he dictated it in a single, excited breath.

Holding the press conference is an appalling choice that dishonors those who died from the hours-long battle between police and Trump loyalists who wanted to block Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s election win. But Trump has two apparent goals: he wants to perpetuate false claims of election fraud and rewrite history with the lie that the attack was merely an “unarmed protest” in response to the “rigged election,” as his press release states. By making these false claims, he also wants to tighten his grip on the GOP by excoriating those who refuse to go along with his alternate version of reality.

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