- Hogan Gidley, Trump’s former deputy press aide, called the Capitol seat a “black eye” on his legacy.
- Five people died when Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6.
- Trump has since been indicted for “inciting insurgency,” his second indictment.
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A former White House deputy press secretary said the Capitol seat would be a “black eye” on the legacy of former President Donald Trump.
In an interview with Showtime’s TheCircus, host Alex Wagner challenged Hogan Gidley, telling former Trump aide that the former president “will be remembered for the final act of his presidency – a white supremacist mob taking storming the Capitol and trying to kill lawmakers ”.
Gidley told Wagner that there were many events during Trump’s four years in office that people would remember and make “the one fundamental thing.”
“I’m just trying to point out the fact that he accomplished a lot from a political standpoint, he was a lightning rod from a personality standpoint,” Gidley said, conceding that “there is no doubt that this last little piece was a black eye, ”referring to the January 6 riot that left at least five dead.
That day, Trump supporters violated the U.S. Capitol and clashed with law enforcement, interrupting a joint session of Congress as lawmakers prepared to formalize President Joe Biden’s election victory. 2020 and send lawmakers to scramble for safety.
Trump has come under fire for cheering on crowds and the House has since removed him for inciting insurgency. The Senate will soon hold a trial and vote on whether to convict the former president.
He is the only president in US history to have been impeached twice.
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Gidley said he was not sure Trump regretted anything about the way he handled the riots.
“We haven’t talked about that particular thing. I don’t want to guess or try to put thoughts in his head, or words in his mouth. All I can do is watch what he said. in real time, ”Gidley said before quickly adding. “Like, I don’t know. I don’t know if he regrets something or not.”
So far, 179 people have been charged in the Capitol uprising.
The violence has also left a stain on the political careers of several Republican lawmakers. Seven Democratic senators on Thursday filed an ethics complaint against Republican Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz and called for an investigation into whether their objections to the Jan.6 constituency vote contributed to the seat.
Critics, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have called on Hawley and Cruz to step down.