The political fallout from the U.S. Capitol riots has been nothing less than extreme, with President Donald Trump taking the brunt of the blame for allegedly inciting tens of thousands of his supporters into a frenzied attack on the Capitol Building.
According to the Daily Caller, a number of Trump’s former friends and supporters are coming out against him, with the latest being former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer saying in a recent interview that the president is now “on his own.”
The GOP strategist, who worked in the White House under former President George W. Bush and often makes appearances on Fox News made it clear that he no longer supports the president’s rhetoric or actions on the heels of the Capitol siege that left five American citizens dead.
“At this point, I won’t defend him anymore,” Fleischer told the Associated Press. “I won’t defend him for stirring the pot that incited the mob. He’s on his own.”
Fleischer took a little heat on the matter himself, as he seemed to blame Democrats and their protest of Trump entering office in 2016 for setting the stage for the massive protest that would take place on January 6 in the nation’s capital. However, his tweet came just minutes before the massive, pro-Trump crowd would turn the situation violent.
“If you don’t like what’s happening today, maybe you should go back four years, look in the mirror and ask if it was a good idea to declare #NotMyPresident, declare yourself the Resistance, and boycott an Inaugural. When one side violates norms, the other side will too,” Fleischer tweeted.
Fleischer is one of a growing list of Republicans who have come out against the president in light of what went down on a day that will certainly live in infamy. Another example was Sen. Lindsey Graham, who on the night of the siege used his remarks on the Senate floor to essentially say he was done with the president’s fight to overturn the election.
According to the Wall Street Journal, House Democrats are expected to fast-track articles of impeachment against Trump for his role in inciting Wednesday’s riot, with a potential vote taking place as soon as Monday.