Alyssa Farah Griffin wants to make clear to The View — and to everyone watching — that she did not storm the Capitol on Jan. 6. On this morning’s episode of the daytime talk show, Griffin quickly set the record straight about her whereabouts on that fateful day three years ago as the panel marked the third anniversary of the insurrection.
The conversation began after moderator Whoopi Goldberg compared the stark differences in how President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump marked the anniversary while on the 2024 campaign trail last weekend. While Biden said “we nearly lost America” on Jan. 6, Trump demanded Biden “release the J6 hostages,” referring to the rioters who have been sent to jail for their involvement in the insurrection.
“Biden pledged to be the president for all Americans. Is it hard for folks to hear that because we’re so wrapped up in conspiracies? What is going on?” Goldberg asked the panel.
Griffin — who worked as Trump’s Special Assistant from 2017 through 2019 and later served as Press Secretary for the United States Department of Defense and White House Director of Strategic Communications under his administration — was first to speak.
“I don’t know if I have the answer to that, but it was remarkable to me, three years since Jan. 6. And I remember, we all know what we saw that day,” she began.
Goldberg interjected, “You were there!” as Griffin stumbled to respond, clarifying, “Well, I was watching it in real-time, I wasn’t actually at the Capitol.”
Griffin resigned from her role at the White House in December 2020, and condemned the actions of the insurrectionists on Jan. 6. Over the summer, she was interviewed by prosecutors about the insurrection, primarily giving insight into “Trump’s mindset after the election,” per CNN.
While speaking on today’s View episode, Griffin stressed the importance of the upcoming election, telling the panel that Trump is a “threat to democracy,” a phrase she has come to use often on the show while describing her former boss.
“Donald Trump in office could spell, frankly, the last election in our lifetime,” she warned.
The View airs weekdays at 11/10c on ABC.