The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell blames Trump for deadly Capitol riots
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blamed President Donald Trump on Tuesday for his role in the deadly Capitol riots.
  • "The mob was fed lies," McConnell said. "They were provoked by the president and other powerful people."
  • McConnell previously condemned the violence and was rumored to have been upset with the president.
The Kentucky Republican's rebuke of Trump comes as the outgoing president faces an imminent impeachment trial in the Senate over the deadly siege at the Capitol. McConnell has said he's currently undecided on impeachment, but has been leaning toward convicting Trump in a bid to "purge him" from the GOP, The New York Times reported last week.

... "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," McConnell said on Tuesday. "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 condemned the violent scene when Congress reconvened to complete the election certification later on January 6, but hadn't mentioned the president in his remarks. The GOP leader has reportedly been furious with Trump over the riots, and has vowed to never speak to the president again. The two have apparently not spoken since mid-December when McConnell acknowledged Biden's win.

... "We'll have a safe and successful inaugural, right here, on the West Front of the Capitol," McConnell said on Tuesday. "And then we'll move forward."