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Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy added his name to a shortlist of Republicans in Congress who unequivocally blamed President Trump for the Capitol uprising last week.
But seven days before Trump’s presidency, he said he would not vote for impeachment and said he could instead be for a fact-finding commission and possibly convict items with even fewer teeth than impeachment, but not removal. of the President.
“The president is responsible for the clash attack on Congress on Wednesday,” said McCarthy, who during the uprising publicly and privately called on President Trump to call for calm.
While McCarthy criticized Trump’s role in inciting violence last week, he joined most of his group and objected to the certification of the Election College results that Trump had called for and were the focus of rebel anger.
McCarthy, who was once thought to be a potential head of Trump’s cabinet, also rejected false conspiracy theories that Antifa and leftist groups were in fact responsible for the violence.
“Some say the riots were caused by Antifa,” McCarthy said. There is absolutely no evidence of this, and conservatives must be the first to say so. “
And yet this is something that has become widespread in the not-so-right wing and in parts of the conservative media – even though the nation watches on television the thousands marching from a rally in front of the White House to the Capitol, flying under Trump’s flags and inspired from Trump’s loss and lie that his election was stolen.
This is also despite evidence showing that some pro-Trump supporters planned and planned the uprising some time ago online.
Here are McCarthy’s comments in a more complete context:
“Most Americans want neither inaction nor retribution,” McCarthy said, although polls show that much of the country is in favor of impeachment and the removal of Trump. But most Republicans don’t.
“They want lasting, bipartisan justice. This time it’s still there, but it’s not the way we’re going today. That doesn’t mean the president is free from guilt. The president is responsible for Wednesday’s attack by mobsters. He had to to rebuke the crowd immediately when he saw what was unfolding.
“These facts require immediate action from President Trump – accept his share of responsibility, quell the unrest and make sure that newly elected President Biden is able to successfully begin his term. And the immediate action of the president also deserves action by Congress, so I think a fact-finding commission and a dissatisfaction decision would be reasonable. Unfortunately, we are not there today. “