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Former Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy has apparently joined those who believe President Donald Trump is responsible for the actions of Washington, D.C. demonstrators.
The former federal prosecutor and South Carolina Republican spoke with Fox News anchor Sandra Smith about the events that unfolded Wednesday, essentially calling out the president for remarks he made that encouraged his supporters to “march” to the U.S. Capitol.
“These images are horrifying,” Smith said on “America’s Newsroom” Thursday, pointing to what seemed like a clear lack of adequate security around the Capitol Building.
“I don’t know, you tell me, do we need to do more to secure the nation’s Capitol? How could this happen?” she asked Gowdy.
(Source: Fox News)
“You know, Sandra, I’m not a blame-the-police-first person. I was there for eight years. There is a tremendous law enforcement presence in D.C., in particular around the Capitol and certainly with the Capitol Police,” Gowdy replied.
“I don’t know how reasonably foreseeable it should be for cops that tens of thousands of people are going to be told to go fight, that an election was stolen from them, to go fight, to blame Mike Pence and Tommy Cotton and Ken Buck and other Republicans,” he added.
“Who’s they? Who told them to do that?” Smith interjected.
“Did you listen to the president’s speech yesterday?” Gowdy exclaimed.
“I did,” the Fox News host replied.
“Then you tell me. Who said that? Who said go fight? Who blamed Mike Pence and blamed Republicans and said the election was stolen?” Gowdy demanded.
Taken aback, Smith pressed for the former lawmaker to clarify his remarks.
“Are you suggesting the president told them to do this, to scale the walls and invade the capitol?” she asked.
“Among my many limitations Sandra, I can’t tell you what was on the president’s mind,” Gowdy replied. “I can tell you that he said let’s march together to the capital.’”
“I don’t think he marched with them. So I don’t blame the cops when tens of thousands of people are told an election was stolen from them and then they decide to scale the walls of the People’s House. I don’t blame the cops for that. I blame the people who did it,” he added.
Smith went on to wonder if the inauguration of Joe Biden in a few weeks would be a secure event.
“They just need an overwhelming police force. Nothing deters criminal activity quite like an overwhelming police force,” Gowdy answered.
“It is sad that we have to have that when we’re celebrating the peaceful transfer of power. But if that’s what we need, including the National Guard, public safety is the primary function of government, number one,” he said. “So, protect the public first.”
Before wrapping up the segment, Smith asked Gowdy about the future of the Republican Party and “what part does Donald Trump have in it?”
“I don’t know. If you really wanted to ask me a tough question, ask me what the Republican Party stands for,” he responded. “Used to be law and order, it used to be things I could rattle on for you. I’m not real sure anymore.”
Supporters of the president unloaded on Gowdy on social media, calling him out for turning on Trump.
Trey Gowdy good to know that you are not for we the people always thought you were a good guy at least now we know the truth!!
— USAConservative (@USConservtivTxn) January 7, 2021
Trey Gowdy is the today’s Benedict Arnold.
— mommyroxworld (@mommyroxworld) January 7, 2021
Trey Gowdy another disappointment.
— IrritatedWoman (Parler) (@irritatedwoman) January 7, 2021
@SandraSmithFox Sandra, thank you for stopping Trey Gowdy saying really stupid stuff. The president has a right to make a speech in Washington DC. People have a right to be there and protest a stolen election. Only tragedy was cop killing Ashli, an innocent person.
— Karen Santal (@KSantal) January 7, 2021
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