The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board slammed former President Trump for refusing to act Jan. 6, 2021, as a mob of Trump supporters ransacked the Capitol, saying in an op-ed published Friday that his vice president had passed his “Jan. 6 lawsuit” while Trump “completely failed his.”
“Mr. Trump was sworn to defend the Constitution and he had a duty as Commander-in-Chief to protect the Capitol from a mob attacking it on his behalf. He refused. He did not call the army to send help. He didn’t call [then-Vice President Mike Pence] to check on the safety of his trusty VP. Instead, he fed the mob’s anger and let the riot unfold,” the editorial board wrote.
“Character comes to light in a crisis, and Mr. Pence stood trial on January 6. Mr. Trump completely failed his,” the editorial board added.
The Journal editorial came a day after the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot held its final summer hearing, which focused on the 187 minutes between the end of its remarks by Trump during his “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6 and a tweet he sent. late afternoon telling his followers to go home.
Using footage of taped depositions from officials like former White House attorney Pat Cipollone and in-person testimony from Trump White House officials Sarah Matthews and Matthew Pottinger, the committee charged the former president with misconduct. to his homework as they described how for hours he had done nothing to stop the violence that followed that day.
“President Trump didn’t fail to act during the 187 minutes between leaving the Ellipse and when the crowd told the crowd to go home,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill) said. .) at the hearing. “He chose not to act.”
The Journal’s editorial board has made it clear that it disagrees with the committee on all fronts of its investigation – arguing that it “lacks political balance” and is “trying to mount a criminal case that could be hard to prove and could tear the country apart.”
However, the editorial board also acknowledged that “the facts he lays out in the hearings are sobering” as it condemned Trump’s inaction on the day of the riot.
The op-ed comes as the New York Post editorial board also uttered strong words against the former president in its own op-ed on Friday.
“It is up to the Ministry of Justice to decide if it is a crime. But out of principle, out of character, Trump has proven himself unworthy to be CEO of this country again,” the Post editorial said.