Rep. Herrell and GOP Chair Pearce Broke with Party Leaders, Refused to Recognize Trump’s Role in Inciting Riots
This week, leading Republicans House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney acknowledged that President Trump is to blame for the recent attack on the US Capitol.. Minority Leader McCarthy said “[t]he president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.” Chair Cheney went even further by supporting the President’s impeachment, adding “[t]he President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution. I will vote to impeach the President.”
It was also reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is “pleased” that the House is moving to impeach Trump. It’s now clear to a bipartisan majority that months of extreme rhetoric and dangerous misinformation spread by the president and his allies led directly to a violent mob breaking into the United States Capitol in an attempt to undermine a free and fair election.
Despite national leaders representing Trump’s culpability, Representative Yvette Herrell still refuses to recognize the president’s role in inciting violence. She has repeatedly defended the president and continued to spread the same misinformation that led to the destruction last week.
Chairman Steve Pearce appeared on KOAT yesterday with a similar message, blaming rioters for the attack and claiming that violence could happen “no matter what words you use.” The New Mexico GOP has also reaffirmed their support for President Trump saying “We stand by President Trump.”
“This is not about partisanship; it’s about the facts. Yet, Representative Herrell and Chairman Pearce continue to put their own politics ahead of what’s best for New Mexicans and the nation,” said DPNM Chair Marg Elliston. “It’s clear that President Trump was responsible for inciting this mob, and continuing to defend him does nothing to bring us together or protect our democracy. It’s time for New Mexico Republicans to put their personal feelings aside, welcome Joe Biden as President, and stand with the American people – not Donald Trump.”