Unprecedented: Alex Holder’s Revelatory Jan. 6 Documentary

Trump Jan. 6 Documentary on Discovery+

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Unprecedented: New Discovery+ docuseries that reveals Trump during the 2020 election, and in the aftermath of Jan. 6 riot, debuted Sunday with amazing look at one of the most chaotic eras in American history.

Filmmaker Alex Holder was given access to Trump and his family that his footage was subpoenaed by the Jan. 6 committee, making “Unprecedented” appointment viewing for people hoping to get better sense of how the president’s inner circle responded to the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The series shifts its focus to the Trump-fueled insurrection in Episode 3. But there are many shocking and enraging moments in the three-part series, which makes clear that Trump doesn’t think the people who stormed Congress did anything wrong.

Trump Calls Jan. 6 Rioters “Smart” 

The 45th president sees the Jan. 6 riot as sad day, but not because it was a violent attack on democracy that left five people dead. His supporters believed that the election was stolen, and, according to him, only a few of them actually breached the U.S. Capitol.

“People went to Washington primarily because they were angry with an election that they think was rigged,” Trump offers up in a post-riot interview. “A very small portion, as you know, went down to the Capitol, and then a very small portion of them went in. But I will tell you they were angry from the standpoint of what happened in the election because they’re smart — and they see, and they saw, what happened. And I believe that that was a big part of what happened on January 6th.”

The usually voluble Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump wouldn’t answer questions about the storming of the Capitol. “Let’s skip the 6th,” Eric Trump tells Holder when asked.

Georgia on his mind 

In the weeks after the election, Trump’s acolytes were scurrying around the country peddling conspiracy theories, and trying to stop vote counts in states where he was ahead, while still tabulating ballots in those where he was behind. But one state seemed to obsess TrumpL Georgia, where Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger refused to help the president overturn Joe Biden’s victory.

“You can’t have elections that are meaningless,” Trump says complaining that with Kemp “we have a governor, the poor guy doesn’t know what the hell is happening,” while likening Raffensperger to a “hard-headed rock.”

Trump seems miffed that they won’t just accept his baseless claims of fraud. “They don’t want to do it and they’re Republicans,” he vents. “What’s their problem? They’re stupid. They’re stupid people.”

Family Affair 

The complicated family dynamics of the Trump clan, and the Darwinian way in which the children were raised. There’s Ivanka, the lacquered apple of her father’s eye, whom he wanted to serve as his U.N. Ambassador. There’s Don Jr., the overstimulated attack dog with a Hunter Biden fixation. And there’s Eric, who appears to be minding the family business while his siblings have gotten more involved in politics. Could one or more of Trump’s progeny create a political dynasty? Maybe, but their father wants the credit for it.

“All three have a tremendous following,” Trump says. “They have a base…it’s part of my base.”

So who will it be? Eric says he’s focused on family, while Ivanka makes a point of saying that she’s enjoying being out of the Beltway with her “kiddos.” But Don Jr. clearly enjoys the adulation he received on the campaign trail, and seems the most eager to seek higher office.

“I will stay involved, because I think we need someone who’s willing to initiate those tough conversations that a lot of conservatives are perhaps, let’s call it too prude [sic], to ever go there,” he explains.

4. On Twitter bans … and thugs 

In the days after the Jan. 6 riot, Trump was kicked off of Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites, depriving him of an important megaphone. And Trump — well, he’s not too happy about losing his tweeting privileges.

“It’s a shame what Twitter did, and what Facebook did,” Trump says. “That’s what they do. These people are thugs. They allow other people to be on who are horrific people. I’m not a horrific person. I have a big voice. I have a voice that had hundreds of millions of people listening.”

Mike Pence would like a print out 

Mike Pence interrupts his interview with Holder to receive an email with congressional draft resolution demanding he invoke the 25th amendment to remove Trump from power.

“Tell Zach to print me out a hard copy for the trip home,” Pence asks an aide while giving a pained smirk.

The former vice president, who only a few days before had to be rushed from a violent mob chanting “hang Mike Pence,” remains a glass-half-full guy.

“I’m always hopeful about America,” Pence says. “I always believe that America’s best days are yet to come.”

What to expect in 2024

Trump doesn’t come out and say he’s running again, but he leaves the door wide open.

“We have a tremendous base,” Trump offers up. “Every poll says I gotta run, I gotta run. But I’ll be making a decision in the not-too-distant future, and stay tuned.”

Eric Trump makes it clear that we haven’t seen the last of the Trump brand of politics.