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Analysis: The devastating silence of the Trump administration on the Capitol riot

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Six days ago, the US Capitol was overrun by violent rioters who marauded through the building, as members of Congress and the media were left on their own to find shelter and safety.

As of Tuesday morning, the US Capitol Police, FBI, Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security had held a total of zero -- yes, zero -- public briefings on the Capitol riots.

1) Because of the absolute chaos of the final days of the Trump administration (which was worsened by a series of resignations in the wake of the riots and President Donald Trump's incitement of them) there are very few people actually in charge.

As Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse recounted of Trump in an interview last Friday: "As this was unfolding on television, Donald Trump was walking around the White House confused about why other people on his team weren't as excited as he was as you had rioters pushing against Capitol Police trying to get into the building. " Even Trump's public pronouncements as he sought to sort-of defuse the situation and get his supporters to leave the Capitol were larded with evidence of how he really felt -- citing that the 2020 election was stolen from him (it wasn't) and telling the rioters "we love you. " Given the President's feelings -- and his own personal silence in the wake of the riots -- there's not much momentum to cross him and go public with information about what exactly happened last Wednesday and how to prevent it from happening again.

But whatever the reasons for the utter silence on the part of the Trump administration, it is unconscionable.

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