McConnell Says Trump ‘Morally Responsible’ for Capitol Riot, After Not-Guilty Vote

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called Donald Trump “practically and morally responsible” for his supporters’ deadly attack on the Capitol, only moments after voting to acquit the Republican former president on an impeachment charge of inciting the melee.

The top Senate Republican explained the unexpected turnabout at the end of a five-day impeachment trial, by declaring it unconstitutional to convict Trump of misconduct now that the former president has left office and become a private citizen.

The Senate earlier in the week found that the trial was constitutional in a 56-44 vote.

“There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day,” said McConnell, who along with the rest of the Congress and former Vice President Mike Pence fled the mob that descended on the Capitol on Jan. 6.

“The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president,” McConnell said.

In comments that echoed the prosecution case presented by House managers, McConnell said Trump had orchestrated “an intensifying crescendo of conspiracy theories” and described the former president as “determined to either overturn the voters’ decision or else torch our institutions on the way out.”

The remarks, in a speech on the Senate floor, came soon after the 100-seat chamber acquitted Trump on a single charge of inciting insurrection in a 57-43 vote that failed to reach the 67-vote threshold necessary for conviction.

Seven of McConnell’s Republicans voted to convict. He suggested that Trump could yet face criminal prosecution for his acts.

“President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office as an ordinary citizen,” McConnell said. “He didn’t get away with anything. Yet.”

(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Scott Malone and Jonathan Oatis)


  1. McConnell is correct. It is what Trump didn’t do, not what he did that was egregious. And Congress missed an opportunity to censure Trump for his non-action in the riot.

    1. Trump’s non-action about the riots? Well I certainly know where you got your information from.

      Pres. Trump could not go in to stop these riots unless local authorities requested federal help in dealing with the riots, but the local Democrat mayors and governors refused to ask for federal help even after Trump begged them to let him help and they let the cities burn and the violence continue hurting because that was needed to forward their agenda of mass mail-in voting which is the most susceptible to fraud as we witnessed in photographs and videos and hundreds of affidavits from Americans who witnessed election laws being violated, ballots being counted in secret and mass Biden ballot dumps at 3 AM in the morning, a truckload of pristine completed mail-in ballots driven across the state lines from New York to Pennsylvania straight into the counting machines, did you people read any of these fellow Americans affidavits as to what they witnessed? So you’re basically telling me that Biden who could not get a couple dozen people to show up at his rally with a weeks notice and Trump gives a few hours notice of his rally and draws a couple thousand and Biden got 80 million votes from a guy who’d barely campaigned and stayed in the basement while fielding softball questions from his media friends while Pres. Trump was grilled with tough questions that he answered and Biden wouldn’t!

      Pres. Trump followed the law what did you expect him to do declare martial law and march into the cities and start shooting people on-site yeah that would have given the media who hates him more lies targeting the ignorant.

      That’s what happened James, you need to get your facts straight! A lot of Trump derangement syndrome going on here, exile?

  2. “There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.” Moscow Mitch

    And because of that you felt that the practical thing to do was to be, what, morally irresponsible in your own actions? I fail to understand your logic, Moscow Mitch. That is confusing.

  3. At least Mcconnell never bought into the lies.
    “I talked to this woman this morning, and she said, ‘You know that the people that stormed the Capitol, there were a lot of Antifa. And what they did was if they took their MAGA hat and turned it backwards, that was their signal that they were Antifa.’ This was an educated, smart, longtime Republican woman. … We’ve got a lot of work to do. They’ve been lied to by everybody.”
    Nikki Haley

  4. moscow mitch is a wishy washy bastard, and trump should be exiled from the usa, to an island way out in the middle of nowhere, so he can rule over his make believe kingdom

    1. Exile isn’t a sure thing, Julia. They tried that with Napoleon, in 1814, and within a year he had raised another army and was running around Europe with it again. That is why it was imperative to convict President Who?, this time, to ensure that he can never return to politics again.

    2. Nancy is that you? Trump still living in your head? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Biden is on the way to bankrupting this country. And you all are still trying to convince yourselves that you made the right decision to waste your vote.

    1. Retire??? He just won his 7th 6 year term in Nov, 2020. I recall how concerned you are of campaign pledges. McConnell represents Trump’s failure on “term limits for Congress.”

  5. This McConnell is wild !
    Flip flop yes no maybe maybe not guilty innocent scared confident good bad right wrong, he’s wild !!
    I’m just so glad he’s not my father. He’s really ugly also. But let me not be petty, let me be intellectual and name all the reasons why he’s wrong and all the bad and good things about him and his actions.
    Nah, he’s a wild character that’s good enough

  6. Trump may be responsible but I don’t blame him if he is. After four and a half years of the spying, impeachment’s, fake investigations, insults to him and his family, anyone would feel angry. The Dems stole the election and when the proof is actually presented in court, the truth will come out. I hope the Republicans have the guts to impeach Obama. Then after they do a criminal investigation on Joe Biden, his brothers and his son, then they need to impeach Joe, then send him to prison. Their crimes are a lot worse than lying to the FBI. It’s time to FIGHT against the crooked, lying Democrats and end their toxic reign of trying to destroy our country.

    1. Sandra, IMPEACH OBAMA FOR WHAT? And if you listened to McConnell, he told you Trump was LYING about the election. It was a ruse–another scam for money and time to run out the clock on his legal and financial obligations. But, in true Trump fashion, he went too far. People died. The reputation of the country for peaceful transfer of power is FOREVER damaged.

      NOW that Trump is gone, READ the Horowitz report, IG Atkinson’s criminal referral to DOJ, the Mueller Report and the Senate Intel Committee’s report.

    2. Are you ever out in left field picking daisies there Sandra. I think all that hatred is eating your brain. Obama is no longer president fist of all. Hasn’t been for over 4 years.
      “Trump may be responsible but I don’t blame him”. Under your logic, if someone is treated unfairly then they have a right to beat, bludgeon them with a fire extinguisher or kill them.

  7. I wouldn’t trust McConnell. He’s getting pressure from big corporate donors who don’t want anything to do with toxic Mango.

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