Just a day after his daughter Ivanka testified to the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol insurrection, her father Donald Trump again tried to blame House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Washington DC Mayor for not stopping the attack.
With the committee interviewing more members of his inner circle and considering putting him under oath at some point as well, Trump sat down with the Washington Post to blame others for the attempted coup to overthrow democracy.
“I thought it was a shame, and I kept asking why isn’t she doing something about it? Why isn’t Nancy Pelosi doing something about it?” Trump said. “And the mayor of D.C. also. The mayor of D.C. and Nancy Pelosi are in charge. I hated seeing it. I hated seeing it. And I said, ‘It’s got to be taken care of,’ and I assumed they were taking care of it.”
The idea that Pelosi is completely in charge of Capitol security has been debunked repeatedly in the past. A police board makes most security decisions and then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also shared control with Pelosi. And he apparently either did nothing or was unsuccessful.
Adding to the precariousness of the situation is the fact that the number of Trump supporters violently storming the Capitol outnumbered the number of police officers. Members of Congress, including Pelosi, were also busy fleeing for their lives. Furthermore, Trump is the one who incited the crowd to react the way they did in his desperate bid to remain in power as a dictator.
It should also be pointed out that Trump watched the violence at the Capitol unfold with glee for three hours and refused to let the National Guard step in to help until it became clear his attempted coup had failed.
Attorney George Conway responded to Trump’s claim of powerlessness by quoting the Constitution and Trump’s own words.
— George Conway🇺🇦 (@gtconway3d) April 7, 2022
Make no mistake, Trump was still president that day and he could have and should have sent in the National Guard to clear the Capitol. The only reason he didn’t is that he’s the one who incited the violence in the first place and he hoped it would succeed. It didn’t, and now he needs to be held accountable for it.
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