Yet most could not find themselves guilty of causing the chaos, cruelty and darkness that engulfed the Capitol, for fear that they might offend Trump supporters, but Republicans trusted elections. to win, and will need again in 2022 if they hope to win back the Senate – an ultimate goal of Mr. McConnell.
They offered myriad justifications. As Mr. McConnell, they said it was unconstitutional since Trump is no longer president. They said that Mr. Trump uses the fiery, tough language that all politicians use. The timeline was vague. Prosecutors could not explicitly link him to the start of the riot. There will be bad precedents. Democrats are acting out of political malice. It was a case for criminal courts. They said he was not the only one who contributed to the toxic environment.
“He has some responsibility, just like a lot of the people in the room today,” said Senator Thom Tillis, a Republican from North Carolina.
Democrats said they were surprised that most Republicans Mr. Trump will effectively give the opportunity to bring about the assault, especially since it is aimed at the Senate itself.
“It’s shocking,” said Senator Michael Bennet, a Democrat from Colorado.
“Just as strong as the Donald Trump indictment, it’s also a Republican indictment,” said Connecticut Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal. “No one was convicted in a legal sense, but in a moral and political sense. How they can try to walk away and look the other way does not go beyond me. ”
In his remarks Saturday, McConnell characterized his delay in recognizing Biden as ‘defending’ the president’s right to bring complaints into our legal system. The legal system spoke. “But rather than end his push to undermine the election,” he said. McConnell said it “just opened a new chapter of even wilder, wilder and more unfounded claims.”
“The leader of the free world can not thunder for weeks that shadowy forces steal our country and then be surprised when people believe him and do reckless things,” he said.