Trump reenacts ‘phony’ Jan 6 story of him choking a Secret Service agent, cracks up CPAC crowd

Former President Trump regaled attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Texas Saturday by mocking the hearsay testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, the former aide to then-chief of staff Mark Meadows who recently appeared before the kangaroo court that is the Jan. 6 Committee.

Hutchinson’s wild testimony that Trump tried to overpower his Secret Service agents while riding in the presidential limousine known as “The Beast” on Jan. 6 was, in part, as follows:

“Tony described him as being irate,” Hutchinson testified. “The president said something to the effect of, ‘I’m the F-ing president! Take me up to the Capitol now.’ To which Bobby responded, ‘Sir, we have to go back to the West Wing.’”

“The president reached up towards the front of the vehicle to grab at the steering wheel. Mr. Engel grabbed his arm, said, ‘Sir, you need to take your hand off the steering wheel. We’re going back to the West Wing. We’re not going to the Capitol.’ Mr. Trump then used his free hand to lunge towards Bobby Engel and Mr. – when Mr. Ornato had recounted the story to me, he had motioned towards his clavicles,” Hutchinson continued. She also described an infuriated Trump throwing his lunch.

At CPAC Texas on Saturday, Trump decided to roll with it and provided his own retelling of the unconfirmed story.

“You know what else they don’t want to talk about?” he asked. “How about that phony story? I’m sitting in the back of The Beast.”

And I had these two big, strong Secret Service guys, the one guy could lift 350 lbs, no problem. And I said, take me to the Capitol. ‘No sir, can’t do it.’

So I grabbed the steering wheel, to commandeer the thing. And he rebuffed me, she said. He rebuffed. Interesting way– he rebuffed me, yeah like this. He rebuffed me.

So my hands fell around another powerful guy. Strong as hell. I know these people, these are very strong people. It’s just not my deal. And I started to choke him. I felt, you know. So when the story came out, some people said, ‘I never knew you were that strong physically.’

And then, as they said, I started throwing food all over the White House. Now I have too much respect for the White House, but that somebody could sort of believe, you know, that you could.

But to think that I’m going to be jumping into the seat, grabbing a wheel, being rebuffed. grabbing this big powerful guy, his neck is like this, and grabbed me I’m going to take him.

Oh boy, oh, boy, oh, boy. What we have to put– and guess what? The Secret Service put out an announce–which they never do, put out an announcement that it never happened, which everyone knew anyway. But they won’t interview anybody from the Secret Service because they don’t want to hear that. And I still see the Times writing about it like it’s something that happened.


NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Peter Alexander reported in June that “A source close to the Secret Service tells me both Bobby Engel, the lead agent, and the presidential limousine/SUV driver are prepared to testify under oath that neither man was assaulted and that Mr. Trump never lunged for the steering wheel.”


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