RNC meeting cheers Trump one day after Capitol violence: report

President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE was met with cheers on Thursday when he called in to the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) winter meeting, according to a Washington Post report.

Calling into a members-only breakfast on Thursday morning, the president apologized for missing the meeting, but insisted he wanted to speak. At one point, someone in the room reportedly yelled “we love you” as the president spoke.

At no point, according to the Post’s report, did Trump mention the events of Wednesday, when a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an effort to disrupt the congressional certification of the Electoral College vote.


Trump has for months refused to acknowledge his loss in the 2020 presidential election to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models MORE, claiming that widespread voter fraud and systemic irregularities tarnished the vote. 

He has encouraged his supporters to challenge the election results, telling them shortly before they stormed the Capitol on Wednesday to “walk down to the Capitol.” 

The event was marked by brawls between rioters and police, as the president’s supporters defaced the Capitol and forced an evacuation of lawmakers, congressional staffers, journalists and others in the building. 

The RNC was caught up in the chaos Wednesday after a pipe bomb was found near the party's headquarters just blocks away from the Capitol. Another explosive was found outside the nearby Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters, according to law enforcement officials.

The National Guard was eventually activated to assist law enforcement in clearing the Capitol Complex. Members of Congress reconvened Wednesday night to finish the certification process. 

The storming of the Capitol — an unprecedented event in American history — has focused bipartisan criticism at Trump, who at times appeared to condone the actions of his supporters. On Thursday, a handful of administration officials, including Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoSchumer becomes new Senate majority leader FDA chief says he was 'disgusted' by Capitol riots, considered resigning McMaster: Trump running again would be 'terribly divisive' MORE, resigned, citing the events at the Capitol on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a growing number of elected officials, including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerCheney tests Trump grip on GOP post-presidency National Guard back inside Capitol after having been moved to parking garage Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated MORE (R-Ill.), have called for Trump’s removal or resignation.