Wednesday started with a pro-Trump rally at the Ellipse just south of the White House where Trump had promised to speak. Some supporters had lined up before sunrise to get a prime position to hear the president.
Trump did appear but just before his appearance Trump reportedly received a phone call from Vice President Mike Pence during which he told the president that he was not going to object to the electors put before him at the joint-session Congressional electoral vote count.
That was unlikely to have sat well with the president, since it would most certainly mean Sleepy Joe Biden would be sworn in on January 21 and not him, and so when he reached the microphone before the thousands gathered he began by, naturally, talking about the size of the crowd and then continued by saying:
Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore and that's what this is all about. To use a favorite term that all of you people really came up with, we will stop the steal.
He then spent nearly an hour reciting election irregularities that he said occurred across the country.
And then at the one hour and 12-minute mark, he gave his diehard supporters their marching orders:
Our exciting adventures and boldest endeavors have not yet begun. My fellow Americans for our movement, for our children and for our beloved country and I say this, despite all that's happened, the best is yet to come.
So we're going to, we're going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, I love Pennsylvania Avenue, and we're going to the Capitol and we're going to try and give… The Democrats are hopeless. They're never voting for anything, not even one vote. But we're going to try and give our Republicans, the weak ones, because the strong ones don't need any of our help, we're going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.