After acquitting Trump, McConnell slams him for a ‘disgraceful dereliction of duty’

WASHINGTON — Moments after voting to acquit Donald Trump, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a speech excoriating the former president for a “disgraceful dereliction of duty” and said he holds him responsible for “provoking” the Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol.

“There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day. No question about it,” the Kentucky Republican said Saturday. “The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president.”

McConnell said the deadly riot was the product of “increasingly wild myths” and “an intensifying crescendo of conspiracy theories orchestrated by an outgoing president who seemed determined to either overturn the voters’ decision, or else torch our institutions on the way out.”

NBC After acquitting Trump, McConnell slams him for a ‘disgraceful dereliction of duty’