Just a day out from Joe Biden’s inauguration, US Senate Majority Leader and high-ranking Republican Mitch McConnell has straight-up blamed Donald Trump for the Capitol riot.
“The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the President and other powerful people,” McConnell said in a Senate speech on Tuesday.
McConnell’s comments come after the House of Representatives moved last week to impeach Trump for a second time, leaving it up to the Senate – of which McConnell is the leader – to make a decision on his guilt or innocence.
Similarly, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer asserted that Trump “is a threat to our constitutional order whether he is in or out of office.”
If convicted, the Senate will vote to bar Trump from ever running for high office again.
“We need to set a precedent that the severest offence ever committed by a President will be met by the severest remedy provided by the Constitution — Impeachment and conviction by this chamber as well as disbarment from future office,” Schumer said.
McConnell’s move to call Trump out is an interesting one, considering he is also widely regarded as a not-so-great guy, with The New Yorker labelling him “Trump’s enabler in chief.”
Although he didn’t help to pedal Trump’s blatant lies about election fraud in the days following the 2020 Presidential Election, he didn’t shut them down either, and refused to acknowledge that Biden had fairly won.
Basically, Mitch McConnell has made a career for himself over the last four years by remaining tight-lipped on any of Trump’s laundry list of slip-ups.
To put it simply, those who don’t like Trump generally aren’t too fond of Mitch McConnell either. Which begs the all-important question: is this McConnell finally deciding to do the right thing and convict the biggest threat to democracy we’ve seen in recent history? Or, is he just trying to wipe his hands clean of any wrongdoing or guilt?