Donald Trump releases book 'If I Did It,' in response to Jan. 6 attack
PALM BEACH, Fla. (The Egg) — Former President Donald Trump is holding a surprise book launch party at his Mar-a-Lago residence today for his new book titled “If I Did It,” a response to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
The controversial book, which borrows its title from an infamous 2007 book written by former football star and murder defendant O.J. Simpson, puts forth a hypothetical account of how Trump would have successfully carried out an insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, and ultimately, overturn the 2020 election.
“The so-called attack at the Capitol is a hoax, a total and complete witch-hunt,” Trump said to a crowd of party attendees at Mar-a-Lago. “The lies being told … it's a disgrace to our country. Had there been an insurrection that day, it would have been so tremendous. You’d all be very happy people,” he continued to a cheering crowd.
The surprise book launch comes during the middle of the House Jan. 6 committee hearings investigating the attack on the Capitol, in which evidence has been presented that implicates Trump in the events that preceded the attack, as well as not doing enough to stop it.
A Trump spokesman put out a statement earlier today that said proceeds from the book will go towards a newly created legal defense fund that will protect members of the Trump family and associates from the “witch-hunt,” and also seek to counter the “phony and corrupt investigation.”
“The radical left dems want you to believe that I led an insurrection — do you believe that word, insurrection? If I wanted to carry out an insurrection, it would have been the greatest in American history … believe me folks,” Trump said.
“I was acquitted of this horrible crime, but the book will show how a great patriot would have done it. I actually won the election and shouldn't have needed to overthrow anything,” he exclaimed to the crowd.
The book launch has taken a lot of people by surprise, including members of the Jan. 6 committee, which issued a statement expressing relief that Trump had done their job for them.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has also responded by posting a tweet with a single facepalm emoji, although not much is known if he will take further action.