President Donald Trump’s loyal staffers have said that they have had the final straw with him due to the tweets he sent out on Wednesday in the thick of the riots at the Capitol, in which one woman was shot and killed by local police officers.
According to the staffers, Trump’s tweets stoked the acts of violence because they had comments about voter fraud that they say stirred the passions of those who were angry about the outcome of the election.
For what it’s worth, the president told the people involved in the incident that they needed to go home, that we needed to have peace.
The final trigger was apparently an evening message in which he said the violence, during which a protester was shot dead, was the result of an election victory being stripped from “patriots.”
“It is one thing from him to say he was cheated out of the presidency, since he apparently truly believes that, but completely irresponsible to tell people to march on the Capitol, and then, his tweet gloating about the madness was just beyond the pale indefensible,” a former White House official said.
“Literally the worst tweet he’s done ever,” the official added.
The end result of this frustration and anger was a bunch of resignations among the staffers who had become used to just sort of shrugging off the president’s Twitter controversies, and even some folks who had defended the president during some of his more contentious moments.
Some of the resignations included Northern Ireland special envoy and former White House Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger, first lady chief of staff Stephanie Grisham, and deputy secretary Sarah Matthews.
There’s no doubt that yesterday was a total mess. And the president probably could have chosen his words better when attempting to deal with the situation. That’s always been the case with a lot of the things he’s said over the years.
Apparently, according to various reports, Ivanka Trump and her hubby Jared Kushner spent a good portion of the day attempting to get the president to defuse the violence by condemning the attacks.
What happened was a message posted to Twitter that got him a 12-hour suspension.
In other words, it was a rough day for everyone involved. It sucks this whole thing happened. It shouldn’t have. Lots of blame to go around though.