White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tried Thursday to distance President Donald Trump’s administration from the unrest in the Capitol, despite the president’s encouragement to keep the building open the day before.
“Those who have forcibly besieged our Capitol are the opposite of everything this government stands for,” McEnany said in a televised statement Thursday afternoon. “The core value of our administration is the idea that all citizens have the right to live in security, peace and freedom.”
McEnany’s comments come after members of both parties strongly denounced Trump for inciting the violent protesters that broke into the Capitol on Wednesday. Members of Trump’s Congress and Cabinet have voiced their discontent by calling for the impeachment of the president or the 25th amendment. A number of administrative officials, including Minister of Transportation Elaine Chao, have resigned. Trump was also banned from posting on a number of social media platforms after it was discovered that his messages led to further violence during and after the break-in.