(Liberty Bell) – Despite the fact that former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial is now done and in the past, the Senate having voted to acquit him of the charge of inciting an insurrection over the riot that took place at the Capitol building in January, many members of the mainstream media are still obsessed with Trump taking responsibility for what happened.
According to a report from BizPacReview, a discussion took place on Sunday between House Minority Whip Steve Scalise and ABC News host Jon Karl, concerning his recent private meeting with Trump, in which Karl kept pressing Scalise about whether or not the president takes responsibility for what happened.
The real question we ought to be asking right now is why hasn’t Vice President Kamala Harris and Rep. Maxine Waters taken responsibility for inspiring violent Black Lives Matter riots and acts of violence against Trump, his supporters, and those who worked in his administration?
See? Two can play at that game.
The chat started off with Karl playing an old video of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy stating on the House floor that the former president “bears responsibility” for the attack. Karl then asked, “You met with the former president. Did you ask him to take responsibility? Did he take responsibility?”
Scalise didn’t bother responding to the nonsense question and focused instead on describing his actual interaction with the former president.
“Well Jonathan, I was in Florida doing some fundraising throughout a number of parts of Florida I ended up at Mar-a-Lago, and the president reached out, and we visited. I hadn’t seen him since he had left the White House, and it was actually good to catch up with him,” Scalise stated.
“I noticed he was a lot more relaxed than [during] his four years in the White House. He still cares a lot about this country and the direction of our country, but you know, it was a conversation more about how he’s doing now and what he’s planning on doing, and how his family is doing,” he added.
This was not a satisfactory answer for Karl who once again turned the talk back toward the riot that occurred on January 6th.
“But wait a minute. I mean, he hasn’t taken responsibility. You heard Kevin McCarthy say … I mean, do you agree with what Kevin McCarthy said there that the president must take responsibility, that the facts demand that he take responsibility for what happened on Jan. 6th?” Karl asked.
“Well first of all, I wrote a Wall Street Journal editorial about where I think the responsibility lays for Jan. 6th, and surely there’s a lot of blame to go around,” Scalise responded.
In the column that was written by Scalise, he pointed out that rhetoric spouted by Democrats helped inspire the shooter who tried to kill him during the congressional baseball shooting back in 2017 and how the Democratic Party seemed to embrace violent Black Lives Matter rioters last summer.
However, he was careful to state that he wasn’t about to blame either of those occurrences directly on Democrats, just as Democrats shouldn’t be rushing to lay the blame on either former President Trump or his supporters for the actions of a group of troublemakers.
This, of course, is a great point.
“I made a conscious decision not to hold anybody but the gunman responsible for [the baseball shooting]. … … I also reject the notion that the mob’s actions [on Jan. 6th] accurately represent the motivations of the millions of Americans who voted for President Trump or the Republican Party,” he wrote in the piece.
He echoed these same sentiments in his chat with Karl.
“But at the end of the day, the people who stormed the capital on Jan. 6th … it was a disgrace, and they need to be held accountable. In fact, over 180 have already been arrested, and I know the FBI is working to root out every person who broke into the Capitol, who attacked police others,” Scalise said.
And, of course, Karl still wasn’t convinced.
“I’m asking about Donald Trump’s role in this. You heard, again Kevin McCarthy, do you agree with what he said that he bears responsibility for what happened,” he pressed again.
“Well again, you can go back and look at the second impeachment trial. … When you look at that trial, they ran a clip of pretty much every United States senator who voted to impeach president trump, who talked about things like ‘go and fight like hell’ and other things like that,” he said just moments before being cut off by Karl.
“So you’re saying he doesn’t bear responsibility?” the host asked.
Good grief. This man does not seem to understand English.
“I think everybody should have been unequivocal in their denouncing of what happened not only on Jan. 6th but during the summer when they were burning down cities, shooting cops, beating people in the streets… So let’s be across the board and say that anybody who resorts to violence to settle political disputes, there’s no place for that,” he responded.
Then Karl, proving he’s nothing more than a snotty child, stated that Trump didn’t denounce what happened on January 6th exactly on the date, January 6th.
Can you get any more immature than that?
Scalise handled himself well in that interview. Kudos to him.
This is the second time in three years I have seen political violence firsthand. Republicans and Democrats alike must have the moral clarity to call out violent rhetoric whenever it's spoken, not just when it’s politically convenient. https://t.co/uG9nJO0gob
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) January 13, 2021
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