Former one-term President Donald Trump attributed the events that transpired during last year’s Capitol riot to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.
“January 6th is her [Bowser] and Nancy’s fault. ‘No, I’m not kidding (as Joe Bidden would say!),” Trump wrote on Sunday on his social media platform, Truth Social.
In his article, the former president reiterated his earlier criticism of Bowser for asking the National Guard to assist with the transportation of migrants to Washington, D.C. He claimed that she had declined to do so during the Capitol disturbance.
Bowser asked for assistance from the National Guard in letters he submitted to the White House on July 22 and to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s office on July 19 in order to manage the flood of migrants being bused into the city from Texas and Arizona.
As more buses arrived in the past month, Christopher Rodriguez, director of Washington, D.C.’s emergency management department, claimed in the letter that the situation has reached “tipping points.”
The efforts of charitable organizations assisting migrants to resettle in the country have become “unsustainable” since they are “overwhelmed and underfunded,” prompting the mayor to request the National Guard “to aid prevent a prolonged humanitarian crisis in the nation’s capital.”
According to Rodriguez, the problem started when Republican governors of Arizona and Texas, Doug Ducey and Greg Abbott, started transporting migrants from their states to Washington, D.C. after President Joe Biden promised in April to revoke a Trump-era directive that prohibited border crossings in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. Since then, approximately 200 buses have transported over 4,000 people to the nation’s capital.
“The Mayor of Washington, D.C., wants the National Guard to help with the thousands of Illegal Immigrants, coming from the insane Open Border, that is flooding the City, but refused National Guard help when it came to providing Security at the Capitol Building for a far larger crowd on January 6th. Figure that one out?” Trump wrote of Bowser on Truth Social.
His comments come after the House Select Committee looking into the Capitol Riot revealed last week that Trump did nothing for more than three hours after his supporters stormed the Capitol just 15 minutes after his “fight like hell” speech in an apparent attempt to obstruct the official certification of Biden’s electoral college victory.
Top White House counsel Pat Cipollone, deputy national security advisor Matt Pottinger, and former deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews are just a few of the Trump friends who have testified before the committee. Some of his Cabinet members, including former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, are said to have recently spoken with the committee.