Chuck Schumer: 'Trump Promoted Conspiracy Theories, Motivated Thugs'
'Make no mistake, my friends, today’s event did not happen spontaneously'
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer blasted President Donald Trump and “the people who follow him” amid the riots that overran the Capitol yesterday.
"But make no mistake, make no mistake, my friends, today’s event did not happen spontaneously."
"The president, who promoted conspiracy theories and motivated these thugs, the president, who extorted them to come to our nation’s capital, egged them on, he hardly ever discourages violence [sic], and more often encourages it [sic]."
"This president bears a great deal of the blame," Schumer said.
"This mob was in good part president trump’s doing, incited by his words, his lies."
"This violence, in good part, his responsibility, his everlasting shame."
"Today’s events certainly, certainly would not have happened without him," he added.
"Now, January 6 will go down as one of the darkest days in recent American history, a final warning to our nation about the consequences of a demagoguic president, the people who enable him, the captive media that parrots his lies, and the people who follow him, as he attempts to push America to the brink of ruin."
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"As we reconvene tonight, let us remember, in the end, all this mob has really accomplished his delay our work for a few hours."
In the November 2020 presidential election, Trump won 75 million votes.
In 2017, Schumer warned then-President-elect Trump that the CIA would retaliate for criticizing the agency.
The news comes as Trump's cabinet was reportedly discussing using the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
Trump issued a video statement amid chaotic protest in capitol hill after a woman was shot and killed inside the Capitol building on Wednesday.
41-year-old Ashli Babbit was shot and killed by Capitol Police as she joined other Trump supporters in entering the building.
Twitter later removed the President's tweet for violating policies.
According to reports, cabinet secretaries started talking about removing Trump, although no formal plan had been presented to Vice President Mike Pence.