- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 7, 2021

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Thursday he was enraged by the violence at the U.S. Capitol and that the “destructive barbarians” who illegally entered the building should be tried and jailed.

“I am furious,” Mr. Gingrich said on Fox News’ “Outnumbered.” “Every person who broke into the Capitol has to be arrested and has to be prosecuted. This is the center of freedom of the whole planet, it’s the symbol for everybody. And what happened yesterday was utterly, totally inexcusable. People should be locked up and punished. And I’m delighted that they’re increasing preparations for [President-elect Joseph R. Biden’s] inaugural because we have to make absolutely certain nothing like this ever happens again.

“These are people that are destructive barbarians and, frankly, criminals and they should be treated that way and locked up,” he continued. “I think after last night, and after that level of violence shook everybody, the president has to be a calming influence, which has not normally been his focus.”

Congress members on both sides of the political aisle have called for Mr. Trump’s removal from office after a mob of his supporters who falsely believe he won the election stormed the Capitol building and temporarily halted a joint session of Congress to count the Electoral College votes Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Trump was widely accused of adding fuel to fire after he repeated his claims of a stolen election while the chaos unfolded. The day’s events ended with the shooting death of one woman, three medical emergency deaths and the arrests of at least 52 people.

“As a former Speaker of the House I was infuriated by the assault on the Capitol,” Mr. Gingrich, a fierce supporter of the president, wrote on Twitter. “Everyone who illegally entered the Captiol [sic] should be tried. Everyone who confronted the police should be tried on felony charges. We must insist on the rule of law in the Capitol and everywhere.”

“The Republican National Committee should adopt a rule that no one who belongs to pro-violence extremist groups should be allowed to serve as a Republicasn [sic] delegate or be eligible to run for office as a Republican,” he said. “Democrats should adopt the same rule.”

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