Fact Check: Did Trump Family Hold a Capitol Riot Watch Party?

By Darragh Roche
Jan. 8, 2021

A video purportedly showing President Donald Trump and members of his family and administration celebrating the riot at the Capitol on Wednesday by some of his supporters has spread rapidly online.

The riot left five people dead, including a Capitol police officer, and delayed the final certification of the 2020 presidential election. Trump addressed a crowd of supporters before the riot and urged them to march on the Capitol, suggesting he would join them, though he returned to the White House after his speech.

Democrats and some Republicans have blamed Trump for inciting the riot and called for his removal from office with just 12 days until the end of his term.

Many social media users have shared a video from the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., along with the claim that it shows members of the Trump family and administration watching the riot at the Capitol and enjoying it.

The director Judd Apatow shared a tweet of the video which claimed it showed “Trump his family, and more watching the riot at the Capitol.” Apatow’s tweet and the original were shared more than five thousand times combined.

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