Angry, violent, reckless: testimony paints shocking portrait of Trump

The Guardian

By David Smith
Donald Trump arrives to speak at the rally in Washington DC on 6 January 2021. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

He lunged at a Secret Service agent’s throat. He threw dishes during temper tantrums. And he wanted metal detectors taken away so his fans could march with guns and knives.

An astonishing portrait of Donald Trump as an unhinged and personally violent president emerged at Tuesday’s hearing of the congressional committee investigating last year’s attack on the US Capitol.

Even for a country – and a political press corps – long used to the norm-shattering of the Trump years, the picture painted of Trump at the surprise hearing was a shock to the system. The January 6 panel had promised new revelations and it did not disappoint.

Publish : 2022-06-29 09:53:00

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