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GOP senator blames Trump for storming of US Capitol: ‘Lies have consequences’

Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska speaks during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 14, 2020. (Hilary Swift/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)
Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska speaks during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 14, 2020. (Hilary Swift/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)

Republican Senator Ben Sasse is directly blaming President Donald Trump for the storming of the US Capitol by huge, angry crowds of pro-Trump protesters.

The Nebraska lawmaker and frequent critic of Trump says that the Capitol “was ransacked while the leader of the free world cowered behind his keyboard — tweeting against his Vice President for fulfilling the duties of his oath to the Constitution.”

Sasse says in a written statement, “Lies have consequences. This violence was the inevitable and ugly outcome of the President’s addiction to constantly stoking division.”

The protesters broke into the building as Congress was beginning the formal process of certifying the electoral votes that gave Democratic President-elect Joe Biden a victory over Trump in November. Vice President Mike Pence has the ceremonial role of overseeing that certification and resisted Trump efforts to pressure him to overturn the election results.

Trump has continued to fallaciously claim that the voting was marred by fraud and that he actually won. Earlier today Trump addressed a huge crowd of protesters outside the White House and urged them to gather at the Capitol.

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