House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy blamed President Trump for inciting grassroots supporters to lay siege to the United States Capitol and acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated Jan. 20 because “he won the election.”
The California Republican spoke on the House floor to oppose the single article of impeachment against Trump, on track to pass Wednesday afternoon with bipartisan support.
But in doing so, McCarthy broke with the outgoing president, with whom he has been closely aligned, and issued a stinging rebuke. Trump, the top House Republican said, deserves censure for his role in the sacking of the Capitol, and that contrary to his claims, the 2020 election was not stolen.
“The President bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding,” McCarthy said. “And the president’s immediate action also deserves congressional action — which is why I think a fact-finding commission