On Jan. 2, 2021, Katrina Pierson, former spokesperson for Trump's 2016 campaign who helped organize the rally on Jan. 6, texted former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows about the upcoming rally, telling him that "things have gotten crazy."
Meadows called her back a few minutes later, and Pierson told the Jan. 6 House select committee that she told him "there were a bunch of entities coming in," adding "some were very suspect."
When asked what she meant specifically by "suspect," she said:
"I did briefly go over some of the concerns that I had raised to everybody with Alex Jones or Ali Alexander and some of the rhetoric that they were doing" at other events, she said.
Alexander and Jones helped plan a "Stop the Steal" rally at the Georgia state capitol.
Jan. 2 was also the day that Meadows had told former aide Cassidy Hutchinson that the rally "might get real, real bad," according to Hutchinson's testimony.
Pierson, who helped organize the rally on Jan. 6, told another organizer that Trump “likes the crazies” as she expressed concerns about potential speakers, according to text messages obtained by the House select committee.
Pierson, who sent the text on Dec. 30, 2020, confirmed to the committee in a deposition that she was talking about Trump.
“Yes, I was talking about President Trump. He loved people who viciously defended him in public,” Pierson said, according to the video deposition played during Tuesday’s hearing.