The British filmmaker, whose crew documented former President Trump and his circle around the 2020 election, said he predicted violence would take place on January 6, 2021, and believed the attack on the Capitol “would be even worse.”
Filmmaker Alex Holder told CBS’s Norah O’Donnell in an interview aired Thursday that on the eve of the Capitol riot he joked with his crew: “You know the president will tell everyone to march on the Capitol.”
“We were kind of preparing for it to potentially happen,” filmmaker O’Donnell said.
When his crew documented the rallies and events leading up to January 6 last year, Holder said that “the volume of rhetoric and the kind of warfare that came out after the election was so significant” that it “had to end with something violent. ”
“Even if you look at the way the campaign went before, the idea that the election was going to be something that would be irregular had already emerged during that time,” Holder said.
Holder documented Trump around the 2020 election as well as before and after the Capitol attack. The filmmaker testified for a two-hour closed-door deposition on Thursday with the House’s select committee investigating the riot on Jan. 6.
He also submitted material to the panel. Along with footage of the Capitol riot, Holder said he delivered interviews he conducted with Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence, Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump since September 2020.
On Thursday, Holder O’Donnell said the evidence he provided, including the interviews with Trump, would include some new revelations.
Although he was close to Trump’s orbit at the time, Holder said the January 6 result was inevitable because of Trump’s rhetoric.
“You tell 75 million people that their choices do not count and those you know believe in you,” he added. “You are their president, and they voted for you, and you say their election does not count, and so what – what else is going to happen?”