Ben Carson: Trump should have moderated rally speech but was not to blame for Capitol mob

Ben Carson: Trump should have moderated rally speech but was not to blame for Capitol mob


President Trump should have toned down his fiery speech calling on protesters to “fight like hell” last week in Washington, D.C., before rioters attacked the U.S. Capitol, according to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.

But, speaking as members of the House of Representatives debated impeaching the president, he said it was wrong to single out an individual for the mayhem that engulfed the Capitol Building.

In an interview with the Washington Examiner reflecting on his four years in government, the former neurosurgeon called on all politicians of all stripes to moderate their tone at a time when agitators were intent on disrupting peaceful protests.

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“I think it was potentially something that could have been tempered down,” he said of Trump’s speech. “When you saw in the audience some of the elements that looked somewhat violent, you might want to temper what you have to say.”

Trump used a “stop the steal” protest last week to

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