“He screwed his supporters, he screwed the country and now he’s screwed himself,” said a 2016 Trump campaign official, predicting his former boss would cease to remain a popular figure in GOP politics after Wednesday.
“Donald Trump caused this insurrection with lies and conspiracy theories about the election being rigged against him,” said Scott Jennings, a former aide to President George W. Bush who is close to the Trump White House. “The election was not stolen but this madness was fomented by the president and his top advisers.”…
Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s chief of staff and one of the longest serving Trump aides, said she would leave over the incident, while the top two national security aides and the deputy chief of staff all considered whether to quit, according to an administration official. Another senior White House official claimed they would have stepped down if they hadn’t already departed. Sen. Tom Cotton, a 2024 Republican hopeful and prominent Trump ally, said it was “past time” for the president to accept defeat.
“Every day, every person chooses to be either part of the problem or part of the solution,” said former White House assistant press secretary Austin Cantrell. “President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders should immediately denounce today’s illegal action as an affront to the American experiment of self-government and take into account the power their words have to heal or harm our Republic.”