Wave of White House Officials Resign Following Capitol Riots

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With only two weeks left before President Donald Trump leaves office, several White House staffers are stepping down in protest less than 24 hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building.

Mick Mulvaney, who served as Trump’s special U.S. envoy to Northern Ireland, announced his resignation shortly after the kerfuffle at the Capitol. “I can’t stay here, not after yesterday,” Mulvaney said during an appearance on CNBC. “You can’t look at that yesterday and say I want to be a part of that in any way, shape or form.”

He continued, “I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of my friends resign over the course of the next 24 to 48 hours, and it’d be completely understandable if they did.”

It appears Mulvaney’s prediction was accurate. Fox News reported, “White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews, East Wing Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham, and Social Secretary Rickie Niceta all submitted their resignations after pro-Trump supporters mobbed the U.S. Capitol building to stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College votes.”

The report continued: “Late Thursday morning, a senior administration official told Fox News that Matt Pottinger, deputy national security adviser, resigned Wednesday afternoon as a result of the president’s actions and the attack on the U.S. Capitol.”

“I was honored to serve in the Trump administration and proud of the policies we enacted. As someone who worked in the halls of Congress, I was deeply disturbed by what I saw today. I’ll be stepping down from my role, effective immediately,” Matthews explained during a Wednesday evening interview with Fox.  “Our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power.”

Ryan Tully, the senior director for European and Russian Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council also stepped down.

Many lawmakers have blamed Trump’s rhetoric over the past few weeks for the violence that took place on Wednesday. They claim that his claims of election fraud incited the riot.

From Fox News:

After crowds broke into the Capitol to disrupt Congress’ certification of the Electoral College results, while Trump did tell the rioters to “go home,” he also told the mob, “We love you” and “You’re very special.”

“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long,” Trump said in a tweet that was later deleted.

“Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!” He added.

This wave of resignations is not a surprise. Whether we like it or not, yesterday’s chaos was a stain on President Trump and the MAGA movement. Regardless of what one believes about the integrity of the presidential election, this incident did nothing to ensure that elections will be secure. Indeed, it made those speaking out look like conspiracy theorists who were just mad that their guy lost.

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