McCarthy: ‘Everybody Across This Country’ Bears ‘Some Responsibility’ for Capitol Riot

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is suggesting “everybody” across the U.S. is to blame, in some part, for the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6.

During an interview that aired on Sunday, McCarthy said on Gray Television’s “Full Court Press With Greta Van Susteren” that President Donald Trump had “some responsibility” in terms of his response to the violent riot.

“I also think everybody across this country has some responsibility,” McCarthy added, after noting he was previously questioned on if Trump incited the riot. “Think about four years ago after the President Trump was sworn in. What happened the very next day? The title was resist with people walking in the streets.”

He later added, “What do we write on our social media? What do we say to one another? How do we disagree and still not be agreeable even when it comes to opinion? So I think there’s from a whole nation, we should take this moment in time to find how we can correct ourselves.”

McCarthy continued, “But President Trump said ‘peacefully.’ What I said on the floor was that President Trump could have responded faster when the riots first started. I thought his video, the second video, was a very good video. I wish that was the first one.”

Watch McCarthy’s remarks below:

This came after McCarthy said on the House floor on Jan. 13, “The president bears responsibility for [the Jan. 6] attack on Congress by mob rioters.”

He added at the time, “He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. These facts require immediate action of President Trump.”

McCarthy also previously reportedly told fellow Republicans that he spoke with Trump on the phone and that the then-president “bears responsibility for his words and actions.”

The House minority leader also reportedly said, “I asked him personally today if he holds responsibility for what happened, if he feels bad about what happened. He told me he does have some responsibility for what happened.”

McCarthy later said at a press conference on Jan. 21, “I don’t believe [Trump] provoked if you listen to what he said at the rally.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said, “The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people.”

Trump spoke at a rally in Washington, D.C., shortly before the Capitol riot, where he told his supporters, “We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved.”

He also said at the time, “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them, because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”

Trump told protesters at the U.S. Capitol to “go home in peace,” in a video message. He later condemned the violence, also saying, “We have just been through an intense election and emotions are high, but now tempers must be cooled and calm restored.”

The House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump, charging him with “incitement of insurrection.” House Democrats will bring the impeachment charge to the Senate on Monday. The Senate is expected to begin the impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8.

Responses

  1. How dare this lying Trump ass-kisser try to blame the entire country for storming the Capitol? How did the entire nation, including 81 million people who voted to fire Donald Trump, play any role in this political atrocity? Another idiotic Trump acolyte uttering inanities.

  2. I am old enough to remember when the Republican Party touted the claim they were the Party of PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. NOW, everybody is responsible for the actions and inactions of the Republican Party.

    1. I am confused, Phyllis.

      Are you suggesting that the old Republican claim was disingenuous? That they, deep down, didn’t really believe it themselves? Because if you are, you’re right. 😉

      1. I have read and recommended Stuart Stevens book, “It Was All A Lie.” He not only acknowledges what had been going on—he accepts responsibility for his part as a Republican strategist in perpetuating the lies.

    2. Guess Democrats can’t make that claim.. Yet no comments from them. apparently they tolerate violence and destruction…and going as far as help pay the way of those responsible.

      Violence flares in Washington during Trump inauguration
      By Jonathan Landay, Scott Malone

      6 MIN READ

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Black-clad activists among hundreds of demonstrators protesting Donald Trump’s swearing-in on Friday clashed with police a few blocks from the White House, in an outburst of violence rare for an inauguration.

      At least 217 people were arrested in the melees, police said.

      The burst of civil disorder followed a fierce presidential campaign that ended in a stunning victory for Republican Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8 and left the country divided.

      In the violence, knots of activists in black clothes and masks threw rocks and bottles at officers wearing riot gear, who responded with volleys of tear gas and stun grenades as a helicopter hovered low overhead.

      At one flash point, a protester hurled an object through the passenger window of a police van, which sped away in reverse as demonstrators cheered. Earlier, activists used chunks of pavement and baseball bats to shatter the windows of a Bank of America branch and a McDonald’s outlet, all symbols of American capitalism.

      Multiple vehicles were set on fire, including a black limousine. A knot of people dragged garbage cans into a street a few blocks from the White House and set them ablaze, later throwing a red cap bearing Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan into the flames.

      Yet the Feds did nothing about it.. Arrested and bailed out within hours.

      Funny…NO National Guard troops were brought in. No unarmed protesters were shot. Guess those enforcing the laws were better trained than the Capitol police.

    3. How funny. I can remember when the Democrat party held themselves up as the party for the working class. Now they can’t even spell it.

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