On Capitol Hill yesterday, Trump loyalists caused a historic disruption. On Wednesday afternoon, the demonstrators aiming to “fight for Trump” and “stop the steal” broke into Capitol Hill. Despite law enforcement attempting to stop the breach, rioters made their way inside, roamed the congressional halls, and even forced their way into certain leaders’ offices.
The National Guard was forced to arrive on the scene. At least four people died from the chaos caused while police apprehended 52 others. Demonstrations of this nature ultimately failed in the desired quest to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.
However, the displays on Capitol Hill yesterday have engendered certain fractures in the relationship between President Trump and the Republican Party, according to Washington Examiner.
Fractures in the Trump-GOP Relationship
Amid violence in the nation’s capital yesterday, several Republicans placed the blame upon President Trump. Sens. Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, Roy Blount squarely accused Trump of “stoking division” and “promoting unfounded conspiracy theories.” Other Republicans took issue with the 45th president criticizing VP Pence for not throwing out the electoral votes of different states or changing electors.
Thank you to the incredible Capitol Hill Police Officers and every Law Enforcement Officer for keeping us safe today. Thanks to your service, the Capitol was secured and we are truly grateful. pic.twitter.com/urDMpQBB7n
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) January 7, 2021
Other Republicans did not directly fault Trump for yesterday’s violence, but they did urge him to call off his supporters on Capitol Hill. The president spoke out against the violence, as did multiple members of the first family and other GOP officials.
However, the violent descent upon Capitol Hill caused some congressional Republicans to renege on their vows to challenge the congressional proceedings to certify Biden as the 46th president.
Resignations from the Trump White House
After yesterday’s events, multiple staffers from the White House turned in their resignations, one of them being Melania Trump’s chief of staff.
This morning, presidential chief of staff Mick Mulvaney followed suit. Following the breach upon Capitol Hill, Mulvaney stated that he “can’t stay [in the White House].” Moreover, the former chief of staff to Trump is alleging that more of the president’s aides may also depart from the White House.
The President's tweet is not enough. He can stop this now and needs to do exactly that. Tell these folks to go home.
— Mick Mulvaney (@MickMulvaney) January 6, 2021
The days to come will reveal the full extent of how Capitol Hill riots will impact the 45th president’s relationship with the collective Republican Party.
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