Fox News Host: Don't Blame Antifa for Capitol Riot, 'Be Objective and Condemn It'

Multiple Republican congressmen pointed the finger at Antifa and the left in the aftermath of the deadly pro-Trump attack on the U.S. Capitol

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Supporters of  Donald Trump protest inside the US.. Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.
Supporters of Donald Trump protest inside the US.. Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Credit: ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP

Fox News host Jeanine Pirro used her monologue on Saturday night to blast the actions of the pro-Trump mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol and denounce any efforts to blame left-wing groups like Antifa for the deadly violence which claimed five lives.

“I want to be clear. The actions at the United States Capitol three days ago were deplorable, reprehensible, outright criminal,” Pirro started.

 “These frightening and repulsive actions represent the most significant breach on our Capitol in over 200 years. And I don’t care what happened in the past and or whether those who did it think the election was stolen. That is not justification. Seventy-five million of us are still angry about the election, but we don’t storm the Capitol.”

Pirro went on to argue that the right needs to stop looking to blame others for the actions of Trump’s supporters.

“And stop looking for other people to blame, including those dirt-bag terrorists antifa. To those of you who did this, you did it, of your own will, and you will be held accountable. Take the veil of politics off,” Pirro said. “Be totally objective, anyone watching this must condemn it.”

On Thursday, after the attack, Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz read from a debunked report from The Washington Times during a House floor speech that said "some of the people who breached the Capitol today were not Trump supporters. They were masquerading as Trump supporters and in fact, were members of the violent terrorist group antifa."  Alabama's Mo Brooks leveled similar allegations on Twitter.

The latest YouGov poll of registered voters released on Friday found that 52% of Republicans blamed President-elect Joe Biden, not Trump, for the storming of the U.S. Capitol while 45% of Republicans  "strongly support" the deadly riot. 

Pelosi responds

Over the weekend, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the Trump supporters who rioted in the Capitol this week of choosing “their whiteness over democracy.”

The California Democrat used an online video meeting with her hometown San Francisco constituents to criticize the overwhelmingly white mob that attacked Congress on Wednesday as it met to formally finalize Joe Biden’s presidential victory.

“It has been an epiphany for the world to see that there are people in our country led by this president, for the moment, who have chosen their whiteness over democracy,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi has set the House on course to potentially voting on a new impeachment of Trump as early as this coming week, a move that has overwhelming support from Democrats. She shed no new light Saturday on whether she’s made a final decision on that or other details.

Pelosi says, “The complicity, not only the complicity, the instigation of the president of United States, must and will be addressed.”

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