Hope Hicks, who served as a senior adviser to former President Donald Trump, told an aide to Ivanka Trump that “we all look like domestic terrorists now” as the riot unfolded at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
In texts published by the House committee of January 6Hicks expressed concern about the consequences of Trump’s actions to Julie Radford, who was then Ivanka Trump’s chief of staff.
“In one day he ended all future opportunities that don’t include speaking engagements at the local Proud Boys chapter,” Hicks said, appearing to refer to the then-president.
“Yes,” Radford replied.
“And all of us who didn’t have jobs lined up will be perpetually unemployed,” Hicks continued.
“I am so angry and upset,” Hicks wrote. “We all look like domestic terrorists now.”
Hicks also appeared to refer to former Trump communications director Alyssa Farah Griffin’s resignation from the White House in December 2020, saying she “seems like a genius.”
Hicks and Radford also texted about the resignation of Stephanie Grisham, who served as former first lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff, on the day of the Capitol attack, a move Radford appeared to criticize as “selfish.”
They then discussed Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s mother-in-law, Karlie Kloss, a supermodel, who attacked the then-president in a series of tweets on Jan. 6 over his refusal to accept the 2020 election results.
“Unreal,” Radford responded after Hicks shared Kloss’s tweets.
The text exchange is included in the release of committee documents following the release of the panel’s formal report late last month. In its report, the committee detailed evidence that Trump oversaw a multi-party effort to overturn the results of an election he knew he had lost, culminating in his supporters storming the Capitol on Jan. 6 in an attempt to block the certification of Joe Biden’s electoral victory. .
The report came after the panel voted unanimously to recommend that the Justice Department file criminal charges against Trump for his role in the attack and his efforts to change the 2020 election.
Hicks was interviewed by the committee in October and was one of Trump’s close White House confidantes, serving in multiple high-level roles during his presidency. She left the White House several days after the January 6 insurrection after serving as an adviser to the president. She previously served as the White House director of communications and director of strategic communications.
Before joining the Trump White House, Hicks worked for the Trump presidential campaign, the Trump Organization and Ivanka Trump’s fashion label.