Former Trump Campaign Advisor Allegedly Called Some of His Supporters 'Crazies'

Katrina Pierson, a former spokesperson for former President Donald Trump's campaign, allegedly made a disparaging remark about some of his supporters.

The Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot subpoenaed Pierson, who they allege helped organize the January 6 "Stop the Steal" rally at the Ellipse. While many of those subpoenaed have bucked the committee's request, it appears Pierson may have complied and turned over at least some of the requested documents, including text messages.

Pierson reportedly used the term "crazies" to describe a "number" of Trump's supporters in text messages, according to the Select Committee. The assertion was made public in a letter to former first daughter Ivanka Trump requesting that she voluntarily meet with the committee.

Part of the reason the committee wants to meet with Ivanka is to discuss an alleged effort to disassociate the former president from certain people. Fox News host Sean Hannity reportedly texted former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany to lay out a "five-point approach" for speaking with Trump.

Hannity recommended that White House staff needed to make an effort to keep the former president away from "crazy people," according to the letter. McEnany reportedly agreed with Hannity on that point.

Pierson directed Newsweek to a tweet where she detailed who she considered are the "crazies." She posted on Twitter that "crazies" refers to people who weren't Trump supporters until they realized "over-the-top controversial/divisive rhetoric and chaos could build personal wealth and social media followers at the expense of actual Trump supporters and Trump himself."

Pierson added that they're the "ultimate grifters."

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Former Trump campaign advisor Katrina Pierson reportedly called some of his supporters "crazies," according to the Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot. Above, Trump hats are seen on display at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, on February 26, 2020. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Pierson joined Trump's 2016 presidential campaign in 2015 as the national spokesperson. She rejoined his campaign in 2018 as a senior advisor and has largely remained loyal to Trump, although the two are backing different candidates in the Texas governor's race.

Pierson, along with 10 other organizers of the January 6 rally, was subpoenaed in September and given a deadline of November 3 to turn over documents. The committee specifically wanted to know about a meeting Pierson reportedly had with Trump in the Oval Office on January 4. During the meeting, Trump reportedly asked if another rally could be arranged and if Roger Stone and Ali Alexander, a Stop the Steal organizer, could speak.

Pierson reportedly told Trump that the rally was in the works.

"I look forward to the committee report along with the exoneration of thousands of Americans, including several Texans, who participated in a legitimate and constitutionally protected rally that had nothing to do with the events that took place at the United States Capitol," Pierson told the Dallas Morning News.

Trump pushed back on the Select Committee for being a partisan effort to hurt his reputation and ability to run for office in 2024. He rejected the effort of investigating the Capitol riot as being the wrong use of time and pushed for an investigation into the election, which Trump maintains was rife with fraud.

The committee's struggled a little bit getting exactly what it wants from the people it's subpoenaed and Steve Bannon, a former adviser to Trump, is headed for a court battle over his refusal to cooperate.

It's unclear if Ivanka will meet with the January 6th Select Committee but the campaign is hoping to uncover what conversations she had with her father on the day of the Capitol riot. Ivanka was reportedly present for a phone call Trump had with former Vice President Mike Pence on January 6 and the committee wants to know about any other conversations she may have witnessed or participated in regarding Trump's plan to obstruct the counting of the electoral votes.

Update 01/20/22, 3:15 p.m. ET: This article has been updated to include comment from Katrina Pierson.