WATCH: Mitch McConnell Says Capitol Riots Provoked By President’s Lies
As Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell was one of President Donald Trump’s greatest enablers, and a capable promoter of the divide between the two major parties. Now that both Trump and he have lost power, McConnell is singing a new tune — and part of that is an open, frank admission that the mob that attacked the Capitol on January 6th was provoked by lies the president told them.
In the clip below via The Recount, McConnell, who will no longer lead the majority in the Senate after Wednesday afternoon’s swearing-in of three new members, addresses the attack. The Senate is expected to receive articles of impeachment from the House in the near future, and vote on whether to convict for his actions regarding the attack.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Capitol insurrectionists were "provoked by the president and other powerful people." pic.twitter.com/6kqSlAJHky
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“The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people. And they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like. But we pressed on, stood together, and said an angry mob would not get veto power over the rule of law in our nation.”
Trump was subsequently, and quickly, impeached for his ongoing lies and provocation of his fan group, which ultimately ended with their attack on the Capitol building.
McConnell had previously said that if the articles of impeachment were passed on to the Senate quickly, he would not reconvene early to act on them. Instead, it appears that the proceedings will take place under the new Congress, where McConnell will have neither the power nor responsibility to control them.