Key Takeaways From Trump’s Effort to Overturn the Election

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Key Takeaways From Trump’s Effort to Overturn the Election

Ultimately, Mr. Trump agreed to focus on another goal: blocking Congressional certification of the results on Jan. 6.

Paying attention to the president’s daily tirades and subversive maneuvers, a group of activists – little known but increasingly influential – drove from city to city in MAGA red buses holding rallies to pressure key senators to challenge the vote. The bus tour was organized by a group called Women for America First.

The group would help build an acute Trumpian coalition that included seated and arriving members of Congress, ordinary voters, and the “de-platform” extremists and conspiracy theorists advertised on an early version of their “Trump March” homepage – since deleted, but found through the internet archives – including white nationalist Jared Taylor, prominent QAnon proponent, and leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio.

Women for America First had various relationships with the president and with those close to him. Its director, Amy Kremer, was one of the leading organizers of the tea party era and an early supporter of Mr. Trump after launching a women’s super PAC for Trump in 2016. Two of the group’s organizers had important relationships of their own. One, Jennifer Lawrence, knew Mr. Trump through her father, who had done business with him; Another, Dustin Stockton, had credibility in the gun community as a coordinator with America’s gun owners. Both had also worked with Mr. Bannon.

Sponsors of the bus tour included Mr. Bannon and Mike Lindell, the founders of MyPillow, who says he has so far spent $ 2 million on polling machine investigation and outside interference. Mr. Lindell, along with Mr. Byrne, was part of a shift in the Republican Party as traditional donors withdrew from an open attack on the democratic system and new donors rose to fund the story of the stolen elections.

Women for America First was the original organizer of the January 6 rally in Washington. But at the turn of the year, Mr. Trump decided to attend the rally himself, and the event practically became a White House production with several people close to the administration and the Trump campaign joining the team.

Former Trump campaign adviser Katrina Pierson was the White House liaison, a former government official said. And the president discussed the speaking position and the music to be played, such a person with direct knowledge of the conversations.