Condoleezza Rice Says 1/6 Capitol Riot ‘Was Wrong’ But ‘It’s Time to Move On’


Condoleezza Rice appeared on The View on Wednesday and addressed the January 6 Capitol riot, which she called “wrong,” and said that the country needs to move on.

Currently, a House select committee is investigating the 1/6 riot, though Rice said “law enforcement will determine what happened there.”

Cohost Joy Behar noted former President Donald Trump’s strong poll numbers among Republican voters and said that despite the fact that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wants to move on from Trump and his big election lie, GOP voters seem to think otherwise.

“He wants to move past that, but according to what I’m reading he seems to be out of step with his own voters,” said Behar. “Seventy-eight percent of Republicans think that Trump should run in 2024 for president,” she said. “I don’t think Mitch McConnell wants that. I don’t think so. And that’s part of what he’s saying, you know, let that ship go. And also, probably he’d like to get past the insurrection.”

The former secretary of state called the incident “an assault.”

“I said at the time January 6 was wrong,” said Rice. “I called it an an assault on law and order and an assault on our democratic processes. So full stop, it was wrong. Law enforcement will determine what happened there and those who violated the law ought to be punished. I also, on January 6 for the first time since I was the national security adviser on September 11th, I cried that day, because I thought, I study countries that do this. I didn’t think it would happen in my own country.”

She added, “Now, I think what Senator McConnell may be referencing, yes, it’s time to move on in a lot of ways. I’m one who believes that the American people are now concerned about what we call their kitchen table issues: the price of gasoline, inflation, what’s happening to their kids in school… And so we do have a lot of issues, and I hope what we’ll do is move on on to the next generation of leadership.”

“It’s really politically expedient for Mitch McConnell to say ‘Let’s move on, let’s move on,'” said cohost Sunny Hostin, “especially when the former twice-impeached disgraced president enjoys attacking Mitch McConnell. But the problem is that past will become prologue if we don’t find out exactly what happened January 6th.”

“We will find out,” responded Rice, who said Americans outside Washington, D.C. are more “concerned about the things that are making life hard for Americans.”

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