Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) accused Donald Trump Sunday of intentionally attempting to “accelerate the violence” already raging on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in opposition to his vp, Mike Pence, in a reckless bid to hold onto energy.
Lofgren, a member of the Home choose committee investigating the revolt, pointed to the tweet the previous president despatched out attacking Pence at the same time as Trump supporters have been violently storming the Capitol Jan. 6, 2021.
Former White Home aides testified ultimately week’s Home committee listening to that Trump was urged to send a message to help quell the violence. However he as a substitute fired off a tweet mid-riot saying Pence “didn’t have the braveness to do what ought to have been achieved” — referring to Pence’s refusal to reject electoral votes that licensed Joe Biden’s victory.
“When he despatched out the tweet attacking his vp, he already knew that the violence was underway,” Lofgren mentioned on “Face the Nation” on CBS. “The one conclusion you possibly can attain is that he supposed to speed up that violence in opposition to the previous vp.”
The previous president’s niece, Mary Trump, accused her uncle in an interview final week of primarily “handing down a death sentence to Pence,” and urged that Pence’s homicide might have helped Trump declare justification for declaring martial regulation.
Lofgren additionally accused Trump of fomenting a chillingly lawless, violent tradition in America in the present day. She pointed to “very conservative” Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) being yelled at and “roughed up” by extremist Republicans Saturday on the Texas Republican Social gathering Conference in Houston.
“I feel that’s what the previous president has unleashed right here,” she added.