McConnell voted to acquit Trump in federal court proceedings, but condemns his role in the onslaught against Congress.
Republican minority leader in the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell, calls former President Donald Trump ‘practically and morally responsible’ for the deadly onslaught against Congress on January 6.
McConnell said in a statement in the Senate immediately after he, as one of 43 Republican senators, voted to acquit Trump in the federal court case. Seven Republicans voted to convict Trump.
The former president was accused of inciting rebellion.
After the vote, McConnell directs scathing criticism at Trump.
“There is no doubt that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day,” the Republican leader said.
“The people who stormed this building were convinced that they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president.”
“They did it because they had been fed wild lies by the most powerful man on Earth. Because he was angry. He had lost an election, “McConnell said.
He describes Trump’s actions ahead of the storm against Congress as a ‘shameful breach of duty’.
He also says Trump was’ determined to either reverse the voters’ decision or burn down our institutions on the way out ‘.
It is the first time that the influential senator has so sharply distanced himself from Trump’s words and not least his claim that the election victory had been ‘stolen’ from him.
Still, McConnell voted for an acquittal. He justifies it with a legal technicality, namely that in his opinion it is not possible to convict a president who has resigned.
Democrats, who had put Trump on trial for the second time in a year, needed the votes of 17 Republican senators to judge him.
Trump was accused of inciting rebellion in connection with the January 6 storm of Congress.
A large number of his supporters took over Congress after Trump in a speech asked them to go to Congress and ‘fight like hell’ to preserve their country.
A police officer lost her life during the riots, and one of Trump’s supporters was shot by police as she tried to break through a smashed door and further into the building.
Another three protesters died of, among other things, heart attacks.
Since the November 3 presidential election last year, when Trump lost to Joe Biden, he has repeatedly told his supporters that Democrats had cheated big in the election.
It helped incite his supporters, Democrats said during the trial.
Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.
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