McConnell just weighed in on the ‘mob’ that rioted at the Capitol a couple weeks ago, blaming President Trump for ‘provoking them’:
Sen. Mitch McConnell: “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 a branch of the federal government which they did not like.” pic.twitter.com/bYpDWKDeMj
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) January 19, 2021
Since the riot, Democrats and the media love to say that the ‘insurrection’ was ‘incited’ by Trump, but McConnell doesn’t do that. He calls it a ‘mob’ and suggests that they were ‘provoked’ by Trump, not ‘incited’.
My guess is that McConnell wanted to get his point across without the incendiary language Democrats are using, which would have him pilloried by his constituents and many from the right on social media. But the meaning is essentially the same since he’s talking about the ‘mob’ and not other protesters out there, and it’s not going to go over well with supporters of President Trump.
Below is the full speech if you want to watch, which isn’t much longer. McConnell doesn’t mention impeachment in any way, which is the elephant in the room today considering this is the first time the Senate has reconvened since before the impeachment in the House.
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 19, 2021
I do expect Schumer will try and impeach Trump, at least to create a spectacle by holding a trial, but not until after the inauguration. I don’t believe the full Senate will vote to impeach Trump either, because there simply aren’t enough Democrats and weak Republicans to push it through.