Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday canceled an event billed as a press conference that he was set to hold on the first anniversary of the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Trump reportedly planned to defend the rioters during the event, which he was going to hold at his golf club Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.
The House impeached Trump a week later for inciting an insurrection. The Senate acquitted him.
Trump in recent months has defended rioters who chanted about hanging then-Vice President Mike Pence, who rebuffed Trump’s push for him to challenge the Electoral College results. Pence had a formal role in the congressional count of Biden’s victory.
In a statement Tuesday evening, the former president claimed he was canceling the event due to “the total bias and dishonesty” of the media and the House select committee investigating Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 attack.