Former President Donald Trump bears some responsibility for the attack on the US Capitol – along with everyone else in the country, according to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California).

On January 6, 2021, during a news conference ahead of Thursday’s hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the rebellion, McCarthy was asked whether he still believed Trump took some responsibility for the attack.

“Look, I’ve answered this many times. I thought everyone in the country [bore] Some responsibility depending on what’s going on,” McCarthy said, echoing comments made in the past. “Riots in the streets, others.”

In the weeks following the Capitol riot, the Republican leader publicly and privately stated that Trump was responsible. “The President is responsible for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” McCarthy said on the floor of the House on January 13, 2021. “When they saw what was happening, they should have immediately condemned the crowd.”

In private, his assessment was even harsher. In a leaked audio recording from January 11, 2021, McCarthy said that Trump “bears responsibility for his words and actions. No ifs, elses or buts.” In another recording, he said what Trump did on January 6 was “unacceptable” and “no one can defend it, and no one should defend it.”

But within a few weeks, he decided to do the same. As of January 21, McCarthy was arguing that Trump never provoked the crowds that besieged the Capitol, and offered his first iteration of this week’s remarks.

“I also think everyone in this country has some responsibility,” he said in an interview at the time.

His “rioting in the streets” remarks on Thursday were an apparent reference to nationwide protests in 2020 over racial injustice and police violence against people of color following repeated police killings of black Americans.

Many Republicans have compared the unrest to the violence on January 6, when a crowd of Trump supporters, inspired by his lies about the 2020 election, attacked law enforcement and Congress in an effort to prevent authentication of the results. But attacked. Keep Trump in power.