‘Accessory to the crime’: Pelosi says Trump, others in GOP bear blame for Capitol riot

Democratic Party leaders amped up their hyperbolic rhetoric against President Donald Trump and his supporters in the wake of the breach of the U.S. Capitol building earlier this month.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has arguably been among the worst offenders, going so far as to accuse Trump of being an “accessory” to the unlawful acts and criminally responsible for the deaths that resulted from the riot, Breitbart reports.

The accusation represents a sharp escalation of the bitter recriminations already being hurled in the direction of the then-president, such as allegedly inciting an “insurrection” by his supporters by complaining about supposed widespread fraud in the November election.

“They used his words”

In pursuit of those accusations, Pelosi led the charge to impeach Trump in the final days of his presidency while claiming that he and his allies in Congress had committed sedition or treason against the federal government.

The House speaker’s latest remarks on the issue came during an MSNBC appearance on Tuesday during which she also leveled serious charges against some of her GOP colleagues. Pelosi said that the “president’s words are important, they weigh a ton,” in reference to the speech he delivered to his supporters prior to the riot on Jan. 6, according to Fox News.

“And if you’re Donald Trump talking to these people, they believe it and they used his words to come here,” she continued.

“He instigated that insurrection”

With regard to vague allegations that some House and Senate Republicans provided aid to the rioters, Pelosi declared that it “remains to be seen” whether such coordination took place.

“We have to get the evidence of that,” she said, according to Breitbart. “And if they did, they would be accessory to the crime. And the crime, in some cases, was murder. And this president is an accessory to that crime because he instigated that insurrection that caused those deaths and this destruction.”

At least five deaths have been connected to the mayhem in D.C. earlier this month, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who died a short time after the incident. Ashli Babbitt, who reportedly participated in the riot, was fatally shot by an officer at the scene. Three other individuals died as a result of unspecified medical emergencies.

“No true supporter of mine”

Many Democrats wasted no time in their attempt to tie Trump directly to the actions of his supporters on Capitol Hill, with Pelosi telling MSNBC host Joy Reid that the president represented a “stain” on American history and, if re-elected, could bring about the downfall of U.S. democracy.

Of course, Trump repeatedly denounced the violent actions of those ostensibly acting out on his behalf, including in a statement shortly after the House voted to impeach him for a second time.

“Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for,” Trump said last week, according to The Hill. “No true supporter of mine could truly endorse political violence.”

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