- Rep. Jamie Raskin said Donald Trump "electrified and galvanized" his supporters with a tweet on Dec. 19, 2020.
- The tweet in question said: "Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!"
- Raskin said it spoke to "dangerous extremists," including Oathkeepers and Proud Boys.
Rep. Jamie Raskin said President Donald Trump "electrified and galvanized" his extremist supporters with a tweet calling for a "big protest" on January 6, 2021.
The Maryland Democrat, during the House's January 6 committee hearing on Tuesday, was referencing a tweet Trump sent out on December 19, which said: "Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!"
Tuesday's hearing is focused on events from December 14, 2020 to the morning of January 6, 2021.
Raskin said "three rings of interwoven attack" were operating toward January 6 to overturn the 2020 presidential election in favor of Trump.
Trump continued trying to get his vice president, Mike Pence, to "assert unilateral power to reject electoral votes," Raskin said. Meanwhile, members of domestic violent extremist groups created an alliance to "storm, invade and occupy the Capitol." The outer ring, Raskin said, was the "large and angry crowd" that assembled on January 6.
"Here were thousands of enraged Trump followers, thoroughly convinced by the Big Lie who traveled from across the country to join Trump's wild rally to 'stop the steal,'" he said. "With the proper incitement by political leaders, and the proper instigation from the extremists, many members of this crowd could be led to storm the Capitol, confront the vice president in Congress and try to overturn the 2020 election results."
Trump's supporters, Raskin said, "responded immediately" to his tweet. The pro-Trump group, Women for America First, moved a rally they had planned for January 22 and 23 to January 6 in the hours after the tweet, he said.
The rescheduling, Raskin added, created the rally where Trump would speak.
Another Trump supporter registered wildprotest.com, using the site to provide information about protest events. And other key Trump supporters and far-right media personalities began promoting the January 6 protest. One supporter called for a "red wedding," which Raskin described as a pop culture reference to a mass slaughter.
"Trump's call to Washington reverberated powerfully and pervasively online," he said.