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Wis. congressman unsure Trump to blame for riot

Wis. congressman unsure Trump to blame for riot

Wis. congressman unsure Trump to blame for riot



Wisconsin’s newest member of Congress, Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Fitzgerald, says he doesn’t know if President Donald Trump was to blame for inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol and wants a full investigation to find out what motivated the mob. (Jan. 14)

“There has to be more to this entire episode and it needs to be investigated top to bottom to see who was involved and exactly what motivated them to get to where we were which was a very, very frightening day,” Fitzgerald said when asked at a virtual WisPolitics.com and Milwaukee Press Club event if Trump was to blame.

Trump extolled his supporters at a rally to “fight like hell” and head to the U.S. Capitol where Congress was meeting on Jan. 6 to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s victory. Fitzgerald said that while Trump did call on people to head to the Capitol, he did not think he wanted or expected them to turn violent.

“It’s just hard for me to believe right now that the entire crowd was somehow fired up just by the speeches of the day to take that action,” he added. “I’m not going to say there wasn’t an element of them.”

More than 100 people across the country have been arrested so far for participating in the siege on the Capitol, including one person from Wisconsin. Security is being tightened at the U.S. Capitol in advance of Wednesday’s inauguration of Biden, as well as at state Capitols across the country, including in Madison, amid threats of possible violence.

Fitzgerald was one of the Trump’s earliest and loudest advocates in Wisconsin before being elected to Congress in November representing the state’s 5th Congressional District, which includes northern and western Milwaukee suburbs and rural communities east of Madison.

Fitzgerald, along with U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany, were the only members of Wisconsin’s delegation to vote last week against certifying election results from Arizona and Pennsylvania. Fitzgerald also joined with all Wisconsin Republicans in voting against impeachment of Trump.

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