Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that he stepped down as special envoy to Northern Ireland following the US Capitol siege because it “struck the very heart” of American values.
The one-time White House Chief of Staff condemned the Wednesday riots that killed five people in explaining his decision to resign from his latest role.
“Wednesday was different. Wednesday was existential. Wednesday was one of those things that struck to the very heart of what it means to be an American and it was wrong,” Mulvaney told anchor Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
Mulvaney said he knew that the president’s rhetoric could be “very, very fiery” — but that he never anticipated his supporters to take him “literally.”
“I never thought I’d see a day in our country where people from any side of the political spectrum would storm the Capitol in order to intentionally stop the constitutional transfer of power, which is part of what was happening on Wednesday,” he told NBC anchor Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press.”
Mulvaney said that since the mob was a “fundamental threat to to the United States,” it prompted a wave of White House resignations.
“It’s deep and it’s real and it’s different, which is why you saw so many resignations this week, and didn’t see them over the course of the last couple years. Wednesday changed everything,” he said on “Meet the Press.”
More than two dozen White House members jumped ship with just days left in Trump’s term — including two Cabinet members, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.
When asked whether Trump should be ostracized from the Republican party, Mulvaney said that he thinks “it’s going to happen anyway.”
“The ideas of the Republican Party are bigger than one man. But I think if you have any role at all in what happened on Wednesday, that you sort of, you don’t deserve to lead the party anymore,” he said.
He added there are many Republicans in right-wing factions, such as the Tea Party, who believe that Wednesday was a “bridge too far.”
“They love Trump, they love the policies, they were really pleased with the successes of the first four years, but he lost them on Wednesday. And I think that’s, I think that’s the right thing. I think people need to know that what happened on Wednesday is just different,” Mulvaney said.
Mulvaney said he wasn’t surprised that some lawmakers were calling for President Trump to be impeached again after his supporters stormed the building.
“It’s not unusual we’re talking about it again, this was such an extreme event on Wednesday,” Mulvaney told “Fox News Sunday.”
“It’s not surprising we’re looking at extreme possible reactions to what happened on Wednesday.”
But Mulvaney declined to say whether he would support removing Trump from office, saying only that he believes a second impeachment would be looked at “very, very differently than they did last year in the previous impeachment.”
“Last year the impeachment was a witch hunt, it was a political thing, they were looking for an excuse to impeach the president forever, he said. “Now it’s different, and I think it will be looked at very differently by members of both the House and the Senate.”
Mick Mulvaney explains why he resigned after Capitol riot The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ New York Post.