Warnock: Loeffler and those who have 'enabled' Trump have 'their fingerprints' on Capitol riots

Warnock: Loeffler and those who have 'enabled' Trump have 'their fingerprints' on Capitol riots
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Senator-elect Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) weighed in on Wednesday's riot at the Capitol building, saying Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerEleven interesting races to watch in 2022 Democrats' selective hearing on law and order issues puts everyone at risk Pelosi faces pushback over stock trade defense MORE (R-Ga.) and other Republicans have their fingerprints on the attack. 

“The president and all of those who had enabled him, including Kelly Loeffler, who I ran against, and who has yet to concede this race, have their hands and their fingerprints are on this," Warnock said on SiriusXM’s The Joe Madison Show.

Loeffler's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.


Warnock's comments come a couple of days after he defeated Loeffler in Georgia's Senate runoff race. His victory, along with fellow Georgia Democrat Jon Ossof's win over Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueAbrams treads carefully in relationship with Biden Stacey Abrams's shocking snub of Biden, Harris signals possible 2024 aspirations Kemp pads out campaign war chest ahead of tough reelection bid MORE (R-Ga.) have given Democrats control of the Senate. 

Loeffler, along with a number of GOP senators led by Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke says he raised record .2M since launching campaign for Texas governor Golden State Warriors owner says 'nobody cares' about Uyghurs All hostages free, safe after hours-long standoff at Texas synagogue: governor MORE (R-Texas) and Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyTwo-thirds of Americans support banning lawmakers from trading stocks: poll Hawley says he would have opposed resolution to honor Capitol workers on Jan. 6 Hawley introduces bill banning lawmakers from making stock trades in office MORE (R-Missouri), had planned to oppose President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenMadame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures US raises concerns about Russian troop movements to Belarus Putin tests a model for invading Ukraine, outwitting Biden's diplomats MORE's Electoral College win on Wednesday before violence overtook the Capitol. 

Hours after the attack, Loeffler said she was dropping her plans to object to the results and condemned the violence. 

"The events that transpired have forced me to reconsider and I cannot now in good conscience object to certification of these electors. The violence, the lawlessness and siege of the halls of Congress are abhorrent and stand as a direct attack on what my objection was intended to protect: the sanctity of the American democratic process," Loeffler said. 

While Hawley and Cruz condemned the violence on Wednesday, the two Republican senators still voted to support objections to the election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania. 

"[Hawley and Cruz], they're thinking about 2024 and this crazy notion that somehow if they appeal to the worst in people, that they appeal to this base, that that gives them a chance," Warnock said. "So they were willing to sacrifice the nation, sacrifice its most cherished ideals of democracy, the peaceful transition of power for their own personal ambition."

Four people died amid the rioting on Wednesday, including one woman who was shot and killed by Capitol Police. The chaos ensued after a rally organized President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE's supporters in Washington, D.C., at which the president spoke.