“The crowd has been showered with lies. It was instigated (to act) by the president and other powerful people,” he said during a speech in the Senate.
Among the Republican billionaire’s strongest allies, Mitch McConnell has distanced himself recently. He even let it be known, after the indictment of the president for “incitement to insurrection”, that he did not rule out finding him guilty during his trial in the Senate.
In his speech on Tuesday, he denounced the “violent criminals who tried to prevent Congress from doing its duty”, disrupting the session devoted to certifying the victory of Joe Biden in the presidential election.
“They tried to use fear and violence to interrupt the proceedings” but “we persevered” and the Democratic president will be sworn in on Wednesday, as planned, he said. “Then we will keep moving forward” and working for the Americans, he promised.
Democrat Chuck Schumer, who will soon succeed him as head of the Senate, shared his analysis. “Rioters, insurgents, white supremacists and domestic terrorists tried to prevent the transfer of power. They were instigated (to act) by the President of the United States in person,” he said.
But “they failed”, he continued, and “the peaceful transfer of the torch will take place tomorrow as it has for generations”.