McCarthy Does Not Believe Trump ‘Provoked’ Rioters To Storm the Capitol

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) says former President Donald Trump bears some responsibility for the riot at the U.S. Capitol. However, he does not believe the former president “provoked” the mob to storm the building. 

During a press conference on Thursday, a reporter noted that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Trump “provoked” the rioters to storm the Capitol and asked McCarthy if he shares the same sentiment.

“I don’t believe he provoked if you listen to what he said at the rally,” the California lawmaker responded.

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A mob of violent Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, leaving at least five dead and interrupting proceedings meant to certify the results of the Electoral College vote.

Just one week after the incident, the House voted to impeach Trump on the charge of “incitement of insurrection.”

The Senate will now hold a trial where it is uncertain whether any Republican senators will vote to convict Trump on the charge.

McConnell said in a floor speech on Tuesday that rioters were “provoked by [Trump] and other powerful people.”

Still, it is unclear whether the Kentucky senator would vote to convict Trump. He previously told his colleagues that he had not decided how he would vote.

While McCarthy opposed the impeachment vote and has said he does not believe Trump provoked the rioters, he has said that the former president does bear responsibility for the riot.

“I believe impeaching the president in such a short timeframe would be a mistake. No investigations have been completed, no hearings have been held,” McCarthy said during a speech on the House floor ahead of the impeachment vote.

He added, “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.”


  1. Interesting how non of the major networks reported on the riots the last couple of nights on the west coast…

  2. What one person says and how another person views it are 2 different things. Isn’t that what the Democrats said about Bernie Sanders and the follower that attacked the Republicans? Since so many Democratic reps, such as Maxine Waters, urged their followers to harass Trump supporters regardless where they are, shouldn’t they be expelled?
    McConnell, I guess you are retiring because what you are doing is swampish but it is illegal

    1. “What one person says and how another person views it are 2 different things.” Bernadette

      Not always, and that is what people like you rely upon, right, Bernadette?

    2. WHEN is McConnell retiring and what is he doing that is illegal? McConnell just got re-elected for his 7th six year term on Nov 3rd, 2020.

  3. It’s interesting that some people on Ijr think that the speech made by the prior occupant of the WH on 1/6 was the main incitement for the insurrection. It was years of divisive, pro white, anti diversity and fear mongering by said occupant. Brainwashing isn’t successful overnight you know….

    1. On the other hand, the demagogue was pretty successful at unleashing them quickly once he came down his gilded escalator. It was nearly instantaneous. Before then, he was just an east-coaster elite a-hole to them.

      How long before any Trump goes back to NYC and gets seen publicly?

  4. A welcome change to IJR. Finally more posts calling out the rantings of the self aggrandizing liberals here. Welcome!

  5. And of course we didn’t hear democrats condemn the riots when president Trump had his inauguration, i believe i heard them praising the rioters

    1. Yea and you have HRC claiming Trump was on the phone with Putin that day. Just more liberal bullshit!

    2. I believe you have claimed to believe even more ludicrous statements. But can you tell us how many died during the “riot” and were participants in the “riot” calling for the hanging of Mike Pence and the killing of Nancy Pelosi?

    3. Gee Daryll… Can you supply some evidence of the injuries, vandalism and deaths from these “violent democrats “ during the inauguration? I must have missed it.

  6. BULL%^^it, president Trump did not cause the riot or bear any responsibility for it, the liberal media that left sections of his speeches out of what they reported are

  7. So who provoked them to loot and burn the city earlier in the year?

    Amazing how the Democrats are more upset over the fact that someone walked off with Pelosi;’s podium and sat at her desk then the tens of millions of damages and injuries.

    D.C. residents and officials were taken aback by the astonishing amount of damage done by looters and vandals amid unrest sparked by the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd.

    Block after block of the District’s downtown area is now boarded up or covered with spray paint.

    FOX 5 reporter Paul Wagner described the scene on F Street as “stunning” after spending hours in the neighborhood surveying the damage.

    D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham called the vandals antagonists and he says they appear to be organized.

    The vandals went from block to block – smashing windows, setting fires and stealing anything they could from inside. Numerous police vehicles were also damaged.

    Nor did they have any issues when they tried storming the White House.

    More than 60 Secret Service officers and special agents sustained multiple injuries in three days worth of violent clashes stemming from protests demanding justice for George Floyd in Washington, D.C.

    1. Well Robert, after investigations of the BLM protests, it was discovered that between 93% and 96% of BLM protesters were peaceful. What they did find also was there were criminal elements who took advantage of the situation by burning and looting. I guess a few bad apples can spoil the whole bunch huh? 😉

      1. What do you think will first spring to someone’s mind when you say “George Floyd” It is the burning and looting – just like “Rodney King” or Seattle also brings to mind the riots.

        1. Of course it does…in your bigoted mind that is. You want any excuse to put those non whites in their place, don’t you Bernie.

  8. “I don’t believe he provoked if you listen to what he said at the rally.” “a California lawmaker”

    Then you don’t deserve to represent the people in your district anymore.

    1. So what did he say? I’ll wait. He didn’t incite them to violence.

      So who was behind the viuolence??

      Black Lives Matter activist John Sullivan has been arrested and charged with federal crimes after attending the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week.

      According to an official affidavit released by the Department of Justice Thursday evening, Sullivan had a knife and dressed in body armor. He told others who breached the building that they should start a fire and burn the building down.

      “Sullivan stated that he was at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, when scores of individuals entered it. Sullivan stated he was wearing a ballistic vest and gas mask while there. He showed the interviewing agent the ballistic vest. He further stated that he entered the U.S. Capitol with others through a window that had been broken out. Sullivan stated he followed the crowd as the crowd pushed past U.S. Capitol Police and followed the crowd into the U.S. Capitol,” the affidavit states. “Sullivan further stated that he had been present at the shooting of a woman within the U.S. Capitol by a U.S. Capitol Police officer and that he had filmed the incident.”

      Went through a window…yet a unarmed female was shot and killed.. why no investigation? And after almost two weeks, they never released a cause of death of the police officer? Why were the doors opened to allow them inside? Sounds like a common setup.

      1. Robert Don’t wait too long for GC to tell us what Trump said to incite the riot. GC is just a Troll.

      2. Peter Weber
        Fri, January 15, 2021, 8:46 AM

        FBI Director Christopher Wray, in his first public comments since the Jan. 6 violent siege of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Trump, said Thursday that law enforcement has arrested more than 100 people in connection with the assault and is aware of “an extensive amount of concerning online chatter” ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration.

        Most of those arrested so far have been far-right militants, off-duty police, retired military personnel, GOP officials, QAnon adherents, and white supremacists. For example, the man photographed carrying a Confederate battle flag through the Capitol, Kevin Seefried, and his son, Hunter Seefried, surrendered to the FBI in Delaware on Thursday, the Justice Department said.
        Authorities also arrested “liberal activist” John Sullivan on Thursday, making him, Politico says, “the first person to be charged who appears to have been active in liberal causes.” Sullivan, who filmed the siege, claims he was just following the rioters as a “journalist,” but the FBI said his own video showed him to be a booster of the lawlessness and even an active participant.

        Trump supporters, including Rudy Giuliani, and conservative media outlets pointed to Sullivan’s arrest to bolster their counterfactual claim that “antifa” or Black Lives Matter were actually behind the assault on the Capitol. But “even before his arrest, left wing activists had described concerns in that community, going back some time, that Sullivan was a provocateur working with others, including his brother James, who has ties to the Proud Boys and runs a pro-Trump organization,” Marcy Wheeler notes at EmptyWheel.

        “Sullivan’s presence in the Capitol, and his previous record of anti-Trump activism, has been the focus of frenzied attention in the right-wing media,” Robert Mackey reports at The Intercept, while “left-wing organizers have been keen to stress that they ejected Sullivan from their ranks months ago.” Since adopting the nom de guerre “Activist John” last summer, Mackey notes, Sullivan has been blacklisted by “left-wing organizers associated with Black Lives Matter and antifascism in Utah, California, and the Pacific Northwest” who say he’s “either a right-wing infiltrator or a dangerously naive amateur.”

      3. “So what did he say? I’ll wait. He didn’t incite them to violence.” Robert

        If, and this is a huge if, you truly wanted to know the answer to your own question, you could review the video. It was broadcast live, ya know. All of the evidence that you just asked for is right there, at your fingertips. Tantalizingly waiting.

        But you have no real interest in looking for actual evidence against Dear Leader, do you Robert? If you had that kind of curiosity in you, you would have already done some objective research and honest reflection on what actually went down, but you haven’t. Evidence is easy to find. Accepting it is difficult. Right, Robert?

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