Trump “Manifestly Wrong” About “Zero Threat” Riot Claim
While Fox News host Laura Ingraham was perfectly willing to accept former president Donald Trump’s attempt to rewrite the history of the deadly insurrectionist riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 his former chief of staff is not.
Mick Mulvaney, who resigned as Trump’s special envoy to Northern Ireland after the insurrection, says it is “manifestly false” for Trump to assert that there was “zero threat” posed by the mob of criminals who breached the Capitol. He rejects Trump’s characterization that his supporters were “hugging and kissing” police officers as they marauded through the building.
“I was surprised to hear the president say that,” Mulvaney said in a CNN interview. “Clearly there were people who were behaving themselves and then there were people who absolutely were not, but to come out and say that everyone was fine and there was no risk, that’s just manifestly false. People died, other people were severely injured. It’s not right to say there was no risk. I don’t know how you can say that when people were killed.”
Five people, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, died as a result of the Trump-incited mob’s actions that day. More than 100 police officers were injured. To date more than 300 people have been arrested and charged with a variety of crimes, including felony assault on law enforcement officers with deadly weapons.
Mulvaney is one of a handful of members of the Trump administration who resigned in the wake of the riot in protest of Trump’s incendiary rhetoric at the “Stop the Steal” rally. During that same CNN interview, however, Mulvaney said he “absolutely would” vote for Trump if he were to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. “He’s still a major player in the Republican party,” Mulvaney said, adding, “There’s a lot of folks who were turned off by the last six weeks, and especially the riots, that he’s going to have to do some work to sort of build bridges back with if he wants to run again.”