Many political figures (Democrats and Republicans) have openly condemned that a group of Trump supporters violently stormed the Capitol in the middle of the session to confirm Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential elections. Some have even accused the outgoing president of incite riots and they have held him responsible for the episode that took place in Washington and that cost at least one woman her life.
Republicans accusing Trump of instigator
He Republican Senator Mitt Romney, very critical of Trump and the only one who voted in favor of impeachment, condemned the president on Wednesday night and pointed to him as directly responsible for the violence that interrupted the counting of electoral votes in Congress.
“What happened here today was an insurrection incited by the president of the United StatesRomney said in a statement. “Those who choose to continue to support his dangerous tactic and object to the results of a legitimate and democratic election will forever be seen as partners in crime of an unprecedented attack against our democracy ”, he stated.
He Republican Senator Richard Burr, from North Carolina, joined in condemning his partner and said in a statement that “Trump is responsible for what happened today when promoting unfounded conspiracy theories that have led to this point. It is time to accept the will of the voters and allow our nation to move forward. “
George W. Bush, the former Republican president More recently, he did not directly mention Donald Trump but was tough on the kinds of attacks that the president and other Republicans have made on the 2020 elections.
“I am dismayed by the reckless behavior of some political leaders since the elections and for the lack of respect shown today by our institutions, our traditions and our public order, ”Bush wrote in a statement. “This is how the results are disputed in a Banana Rebublic not in a democratic republic, ”he added about the unsubstantiated attacks on the vote count.
Trump allies condemning violence
Two of Trump’s heavyweights – his vice president Mike Pence and the leader of the still Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell – were also tough on the Capitol attack, although they did not criticize Trump.
“To those who unleashed chaos on our Capitol today: you have not won. Violence never wins. Freedom always wins. And this is still the people’s house, ”he said. Pence, second in command of the Trump Administration in these four years.
For its part, McConnell He assured that the Senate would not be “intimidated” and that it would fulfill “this very night” its task of validating the results of the elections. “This failed insurrection it only underscores how crucial the task that brings us together here is for our republic, ”said the Republican senator.
Lindsey Graham, another Republican senator who has fervently supported Trump, defended this Wednesday after the riots the importance of certifying Biden’s victory in very forceful words: “It’s over […]. [Biden] won. He is the legitimate president of the United States […]. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were legally elected and will be the President and Vice President of the United States on January 20. “
Georgia Senator Kelly loeffler, who lost Tuesday’s election, said he changed his decision at the last minute and did not vote to object to Biden’s victory in Arizona. As she herself said in Congress, the events of the day had made her change her mind.
Accusations from Democrats
“History will correctly remember the Today’s violence on Capitol Hill incited by the acting president, that the lie about the legal electoral result has continued without foundation, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation, “said the former president Barack Obama in clear reference to Trump.
The also former president Bill clinton denounced the violence in the US Capitol and pointed at Trump head-on: “The assault was fueled by more than four years of poisoning policies who spread deliberate disinformation, sowed mistrust in our system, and pitted Americans against each other. “
A similar idea defended Chuck schumer, the Republican leader in the Senate who told Trump on Twitter that it was “too late” to ask his followers to be peaceful when they had already broken into the Capitol. “What happened today did not happen spontaneously. The president who promoted conspiracy theories that motivated these thugs, this president bears much of the blame. This mob was largely the work of Trump, “he said.
Harder and more direct was the independent senator Bernie sanders, which coincided with his partner Romney. “The man directly responsible for today’s chaos is Donald Trump, who has made it clear that he will do anything to stay in power, including insurrection and incitement to violence, “he wrote in a tweet. “Trump will go down in history as the worst and most dangerous president,” he added.
The progressive democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez even called for a “impeachment” of Trump. “We must focus on the task at hand: preserving the integrity of our democracy, holding those responsible for their attempts to subvert our nation’s elections and trashing our Constitution,” he said on Twitter.
Other members of Congress have also supported a impeachment against Trump. Progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar said she is already writing the articles.