Assistant to the president and Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, Peter Navarro on Friday, Jan. 8 fired back at Republicans who have criticized President Trump over the Capitol storming.
On Wednesday, Trump supporters assembled for a Save America March in Washington protesting the November election that they believe was stolen from the president.
President Trump said he would march to the Capitol with his supporters to send a message about the election to Congress members who were discussing whether or not to count certain slates of electors, but he did not do so.
A group of protesters, which was infiltrated by antifa, later breached the Capitol Building, sending Congress into chaos. The mayhem reportedly resulted in five deaths, injuries, dozen of arrests, and destruction of federal property. Before that, President Trump told the group of supporters that people should demonstrate “peacefully and patriotically,” he put out calls for protesters to stop during the incident, but Twitter deleted his messages.
Former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley criticized President Trump’s role in the storming, saying, “His actions since Election Day will be judged harshly by history.” Other Republicans such as Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Mitt Romney (Utah), and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R- Tex.) also laid the blame on the president.
“What I see now, the Nikki Haleys and Mitt Romneys, even Lindsey Graham, these people just need to shut up,” Navarro told Fox Business’s Charles Payne on Friday. “What happened was tragic on Capitol Hill. It should not be laid at the feet of President Donald J. Trump.
“All the president has been doing since Nov. 3, as I document in two reports, ‘The Immaculate Deception’ and ‘The Art of The Steal,’ is get to the bottom of what half of this country thinks was a stolen election,'” Navarro added, referencing two reports he wrote on voting irregularities and electoral fraud that occurred during the November election.
President Trump’s legal team and other attorneys have tried many avenues to present evidence of election fraud to Americans. However, a large proportion of cases filed by the Trump campaign and numerous independent watchdog groups have been rejected by judges for procedural reasons, including by the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a video message released on Thursday morning, President Trump condemned the “violence” and “lawlessness” of the attack on the Capitol and promised to ensure an orderly transition of power to the upcoming administration.
“And to all of my wonderful supporters. I know you are disappointed, but I also want you to know that our incredible journey is only just beginning,” the president added.