A majority of voters believe that President Trump is at least somewhat responsible for the violent Capitol Hill siege.
A Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted on Wednesday and Thursday found that 49% of the registered voters surveyed said that Trump was “very responsible” for the events that unfolded at the Capitol while 14% said he was “somewhat responsible.” Nineteen percent said that the president wasn’t not culpable at all and 9% said he was “not too responsible” for the chaos.
When asked how responsible the rioters who entered the Capitol building were, 80% of respondents assigned blame, with 71% saying they were very responsible and 9% saying they were somewhat responsible. Only 11% of respondents said the people who broke into the building were either not too responsible or not responsible at all for the unprecedented siege.
About half of the voters (52%) said Republican lawmakers were either very or somewhat responsible for the events that transpired and 30% cast some blame on Democratic lawmakers. When asked about how the siege made them feel, 69% said that the events made them sad.
The poll was conducted by surveying 1,986 registered voters and has a 2-point margin of error.
There have been calls from Democrats for Trump to be impeached or for his Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and replace him with Vice President Mike Pence by a majority vote. Trump’s former chief of staff John Kelly said on Thursday that he would support removing Trump from office if he were still working at the White House.
There has been very little out of the White House following Wednesday’s events, although White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany addressed the violence during a very brief news conference where she took no questions from reporters.
“What we saw yesterday was a group of violent rioters undermining the legitimate First Amendment rights of the many thousands who came to peacefully have their voices heard in our nation's capital,” McEnany said. “It is unacceptable, and those who broke the law should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
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