House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Wednesday expressed opposition to the Democrats’ second impeachment effort against President Trump but, while condemning the “undemocratic, un-American, and criminal” protest that occurred at the U.S. Capitol, assessed that Trump “bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters.”
During Wednesday’s House debate on impeachment, McCarthy condemned the unruly protest that occurred at the U.S. Capitol last week as Congress convened to certify the electoral votes, noting that “violence is never a legitimate form of protest.” The freedom of speech and assembly under the Constitution, he noted, is “rooted in nonviolence.”
Democrats have overwhelmingly argued that Trump effectively organized and incited the chaos that descended upon the Capitol last week, and McCarthy — while calling impeachment a “mistake” — said that Trump “bears responsibility” for Wednesday’s happenings.
“Here is what a vote to impeach would do. A vote to impeach would further