Press Release ● Congress
For Immediate Release: 
February 7, 2021
Contact Info: 
Katie Grant Drew 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined Jonathan Capehart on MSNBC’s ‘The Sunday Show’ to discuss the upcoming impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. Below are excerpts from the interview and a link to the video:  
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“This was a four and a half year - and particularly towards the end where he said the election was stolen -  which was obviously absolutely false, court after court after court said there was no evidence of the election being stolen, but that was his premise. That's how he enraged the crowd. That's how he incited the crowd. He set that crowd, as [Rep.] Liz Cheney said, she said he ‘summoned’ the mob, he ‘assembled’ the mob and inflamed them for this attack. There is no doubt that the context of the environment that he invited that crowd to Washington was one of violence, one of overthrowing, in effect, the system of government and the election of a President of the United States. It was a terrifying day.” 
“This President organized a mob, inflamed the mob and sent them, deployed them to the Capitol of the United States to stop the democratic process from working. I remember when my detail came up to me and said, ‘Mr. Hoyer, we have to get out of here right away.’ They had just taken Speaker Pelosi out. As I walked out into the Speaker's Lobby, he said, ‘the Capitol has been breached.’ Those words were stunning to me. Breached by a foreign enemy? No. Breached by people sent to the Capitol by the President of the United States of America.” 
“I was also on the phone, Jonathan, with my staff that was locked in a small room with no windows in my office in the Capitol. As I was on the phone, I could tell the terror in the voice of my Chief of Staff and the extraordinary terror by the 11 other staffers who were in that room, pushing a desk up against the door, hearing the crowd call for the death of Mike Pence, calling for the death of Nancy Pelosi, rampaging through the Capitol, yelling and screaming hateful language and banging on doors. You can imagine how terrified my staff was and everybody else who was there, including Members in the chamber itself.” 
“To stand silent and not to hold this President responsible - he said he wanted them to go up there and ‘fight.’ He said that 20 times in that speech that he gave in front of the White House. Twenty times, ‘fight.’ Not demonstrate, not make your point, not hold up signs. ‘Fight,’ and stop the steal. So, I would hope my Republican colleagues, Jonathan, would understand the seriousness of this.”