As Donald Trump left the White House, there appeared to be one very specific political event that he would be hoping to outrun: The deadly attempted insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th.
Trump was a long-controversial President, surely, and that was pretty much the point. Trump was elected not on account of his political experience or his ability to compromise. No, Trump was hired by the American people to take a sledgehammer to the status quo, and he did just that.
January 6th was something different entirely, however, and the violence that took place that day pushed a great many of Trump’s former allies out of his corner.
This includes former Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, who this week lambasted the former Commander in Chief over his recent comments on the situation.
Donald Trump’s ex-chief of staff has said that it was “manifestly false” of the former president to suggest that a mob of his supporters who breached the Capitol building in January posed “zero threat.”
Mick Mulvaney, who resigned as the White House special envoy to Northern Ireland after the deadly January 6 riot, told CNN that he was “surprised” to hear the president say his supporters were “hugging and kissing” police officers. Five people, including a police officer, died as a result of the attack.
“I was surprised to hear the President say that,” Mulvaney told CNN.
“Clearly there were people who were behaving themselves, and then there were people who absolutely were not, but to come out and say that everyone was fine and there was no risk, that’s just manifestly false — people died, other people were severely injured.”
President Trump is allegedly under investigation over the incident as well, with some suggesting that a speech he made to the crowd that would later storm the Capitol could be construed as “incitement”.
Trump was acquitted on this charge by the Senate during his last impeachment trial.
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