Updated: February 26, 2021
President Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time that he bears some blame for the Capitol riot last week, Fox News first reported on Monday, quoting a conversation the president had with House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Fox News quoted two sources as saying that McCarthy (R-Calif.) relayed the president’s sentiment on a call on Monday with the House GOP conference.
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On a call with Republicans on Monday, McCarthy agreed that Trump bore blame for the assault on the Capitol on January 6 while lawmakers were about to certify Joe Biden’s win.
Trump asked his supporters to “march” on the Capitol and “fight like hell” and take their “country back.”
The rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol not long after and unleashed mayhem. At least five people died as a result of the riot, including a police officer. Another police officer committed suicide after responding to the insurrection.