On January 6, 2021, Donald Trump, then-President, spoke to supporters at The Ellipse close to the White House.

The video message was sent hours after the rioters took over the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021.

"I feel your pain. I understand how you feel. We lost an election.

It was a landslide victory and everyone, even the opposition, knew it. You have to go home.

Peace is essential. We must have law and order. Respect for our law-abiding heroes is essential. We don't want anyone to be hurt.

It's very difficult. It's the worst time ever for such an event.

Although this election was fraudulent, we cannot allow these people to win. We must have peace. So go home. We love you. You are very special.

You have seen the results. You can see how others are treated. "I understand how you feel. But go home and be at peace.

The Capitol had witnessed an armed rebellion that left many people dead and more than 100 officers injured.

I can still recall watching his Twitter statement of January 6th and thinking, "This is the best he could have come up with?"

This is in line with Trump's approach to the January 6th and 2020 elections over the past 18 months.

Trump didn’t understand (or didn’t care) about the gravity of January 6.

It wasn't an attack on democracy, he thought. He viewed it instead as a display of patriotic fervor.

It was not something he understood then. He doesn't get it now. He's likely to be the Republican nominee in 2024. Let's just take a moment to think about that.