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Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy added his name to a short list of Republicans in Congress who unequivocally accused President Trump of the uprising at the Capitol last week.
But with seven days left in the Trump presidency, he said he would not vote for accusation and said he might instead be in favor of a fact-finding commission and possibly censor, topics with even smaller teeth than accusing but not removing a president .
“The president is responsible for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mobsters,” said McCarthy, who during the uprising publicly and privately urged President Trump to call for calm.
While McCarthy criticized Trump’s role in inciting violence last week, he joined the majority of his election rally, protesting against the certification of Electoral College results that Trump had demanded and was the focal point of the rebels’ anger.
McCarthy, who was once considered a potential Trump chief of staff, also brought down false conspiracy theories that Antifa and left-wing groups were in fact responsible for the violence.
“Some say the riots were caused by Antifa,” McCarthy said. There is absolutely no evidence for that, and conservatives should be the first to say so. “
And yet it is something that has become widespread on the not-so-far-right and in parts of conservative media – despite the nation watching television, thousands marching from a Trump rally outside the White House to the Capitol, flying Trump flag and inspired by Trump’s loss and lie that the election was stolen from him.
This is also despite evidence that some pro-Trump supporters planned and planned the uprising in advance online.
Here are McCarthy’s comments in a larger context:
“Most Americans want neither passivity nor retaliation,” McCarthy said despite polls showing a majority of the country in favor of accusing and removing Trump from office. Most Republicans do not, however.
“They want lasting, bipartisan justice. That path is still accessible, but is not the path we are on today. That does not mean the president is free from error. The president is responsible for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mobsters. He should have immediately condemned the mob when he saw what was unfolding.
“These facts call for immediate action from President Trump – accept his share of responsibility, curb the unrest and make sure President-elect Biden is able to successfully begin his term. And the president’s immediate action also deserves congressional action. “I think a commission of inquiry and a resolution of no confidence would be wise. Unfortunately, this is not where we are today.”