Mitch McConnell: Trump ‘Provoked’ Capitol Rioters, Spread ‘Lies’ About Election

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) slammed President Trump on Tuesday, alleging the president played a key role in provoking a mob to attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

McConnell delivered his harsh remarks during comments on the Senate floor. The Republican leader said that Trump, along with “other powerful people,” shared responsibility in the Jan. 6 riot and attack on Congress.

“The last time the Senate convened, we had just reclaimed the Capitol from violent criminals who tried to stop congress from doing our duty. The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the President and other powerful people,” McConnell said. “And they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like.”

“But we pressed on. We stood together and said an angry mob would not get veto power over the rule of law in our nation, not even for one night. We certified the people’s choice for their 46th president,” McConnell said.

Trump spoke at a rally before the riot to a crowd of his supporters, objecting to certifying the electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden and insisting that the election was “stolen.” He urged his supporters to “peacefully” march to the Capitol and protest. Read more…

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