Bill Clinton says riot fueled by poison politics, Donald Trump lit match

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Former President joins condemnations of Trump.

Former President Bill Clinton says the attack on the U.S. Capitol was fueled over four years of “poison politics” and lit by President Donald Trump.

Clinton said in a statement Wednesday night that the riot at the Capitol resulted from a combination of deliberate disinformation that created distrust in the system and pit Americans against one another.

He wrote, “The match was lit by Donald Trump and his most ardent enablers, including many in Congress, to overturn the results of an election he lost.”

His wife, Hillary Clinton, lost a bitter election to Trump in 2016 and conceded to him immediately. Trump has refused to accept his defeat by Democrat Joe Biden in November and is trying to cast him as an illegitimate president.

Former President Clinton’s comments joined those from his successor, Republican former President George W. Bush in condemning Trump’s actions and words.

The protesters broke into the building as Congress was beginning the formal process of certifying the electoral votes that gave Biden a victory over Trump in November. Vice President Mike Pence has the ceremonial role of overseeing that certification and resisted Trump efforts to pressure him to overturn the election results. He was in the Senate chambers when the insurrection occurred.

Trump has continued to fallaciously claim that the voting was marred by fraud and that he actually won. Earlier Wednesday Trump addressed a huge crowd of protesters outside the White House and urged them to gather at the Capitol.

Trump had encouraged his supporters to come to Washington to fight Congress’ formal approval of Biden’s win. He held a rally earlier Wednesday and urged his supporters to march to the Capitol, telling them to “get rid of the weak Congress people” and saying, “get the weak ones get out; this is the time for strength.”

The Washington, D.C., police chief says at least five weapons have been recovered and at least 13 people have been arrested so far in pro-Trump protests.

The mostly maskless crowd stormed the Capitol earlier Wednesday as lawmakers were meeting to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win. One person was shot; their condition is unknown.

Police Chief Robert Contee called the attack a riot.

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Republished with permission from The Associated Press.

Associated Press


One comment

  • Sonja Fitch

    January 7, 2021 at 5:43 am

    There are no Republicans! There are only paranoid delusional racist sexist sociopaths of the goptrump death cult! Rutherford you are a damn traitor ! Get out Rutherford! You Rutherford killed 4 Americans! You! Yes you Rutherford! Get out traitor !

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