Republicans Say They Don’t Regret Acquitting Trump Over Jan. 6 Riot

A damning portrait of the American president who sent an armed mob to the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to rig an election was painted by the bipartisan House panel looking into the Jan. 6, 2021 uprising. The president did nothing for hours as his aides begged him to assist in putting an end to the violence.

The awful events of that day and Trump’s decision to do nothing to stop them, however, are just a big fuss over nothing to Donald Trump‘s most fervent followers who were present at the Capital as medieval-style combat raged in its halls.

“What will he do? He warned them not to descend there and do damage. What other options do you have? Democrat Tommy Tuberville of Alabama remarked on Tuesday. He continued by saying he was “100%” sure he would vote to exonerate the former president during his impeachment trial in February 2021.

Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) continued, “I’m OK with those decisions; those are things you do with the facts you have at the time.

According to testimony submitted to the House select committee looking into the events of January 6, 2021, Trump disregarded requests to condemn the violence at the Capitol and urge hundreds of his supporters to stop. Instead, the former president watched the upsetting events on television while sitting at his dining room table in the White House. He didn’t contact anyone to put the riot down, neither the attorney general, secretary of defence, or the head of the Department of Homeland Security.

Trump didn’t broadcast a video to his Twitter account requesting his followers to vacate the Capitol until several hours after the brawl started. “Our election was rigged, and we lost. Trump reiterated his claims about a rigged election in his 4:07 p.m. address from the White House Rose Garden. “It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, but you have to go home now,” he added.

More than 140 police officers were injured in the attack, which resulted in numerous fatalities. So far, more than 850 people have been accused of participating in the disturbance.

With support from nearly the entire House Republican conference and GOP primary voters, Trump is now considering a second run for president. Despite all the fresh facts revealed by the investigators on January 6, the majority of Republicans in the Senate avoid discussing his actions and refuse to criticise him.

“I believe we all kind of understood what happened. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) commented without going into further detail about the core facts, “I don’t know how many minds have changed, because I think we knew the facts.

When asked if he might back Trump in the 2024 race, Cornyn sidestepped the query.

The midterm elections are my main concern; 2024 will be taken care of on its own. I believe the decision will be made by one person, and that person is not me,” he declared.

Meanwhile, Republican leaders insist that they will not change their position that the Senate was unable to vote to impeach Trump since he had already left office. On January 13, 2021, the House voted to remove President Trump from office, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) prevented a speedy impeachment trial, sending the Senate into recess.

Under a Democratic majority, Trump’s impeachment trial over the Capitol riot began on February 9, 2021, and ended on February 13, 2021, with his acquittal. Even though he had left office, seven Republican senators finally decided to convict him.

The committee hearings on January 6 “had a purpose,” according to retiring Missouri senator Roy Blunt (R). When questioned about Trump’s behaviour during the riot, he remained certain that “the objective of impeachment is to remove somebody from office” and chose to remain silent.

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), when asked if he regretted voting to exonerate Trump, entered a Senate elevator without saying a word. As the doors closed, he grinned and sipped his coffee without responding.

When asked if Trump would consider running for president again, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) responded, “Trump or anybody else is going to have to come [to Iowa] and compete for it.”

When asked if Trump was qualified for the job, Grassley responded, “I judge individuals by their policy.”

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On Tuesday, about a mile from the U.S. Capitol, in downtown Washington, Trump gave what was described as a policy speech. His trip to the nation’s capital was his first since losing the presidential election. Several Republican members of Congress were present at the occasion.

The former president rehashed the falsehoods about the 2020 election that initially triggered the disturbance on January 6 at the Capitol. Trump suggested that “we may simply have to do it again” in reference to the 2024 election.

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) stated that the rhetoric didn’t surprise him.

If he does that, “I think that’s part of his strategy for inspiring, possibly, his next campaign,” the man said.

Cramer continued, “If he wants to, he should.”

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