Former U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) seemed to catch Fox News host Sandra Smith off guard on Thursday after he blamed President Donald Trump for a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
“I worked there for eight years, Sandra,” Gowdy explained. “I never thought I would see Americans assaulting law enforcement officers, trying to break in to the people’s House. Prosecute every damn one of them to the fullest extent of the law.”
Smith wondered if more needs to be done to “secure the nation’s Capitol.”
“How could this happen?” she asked.
“You know, Sandra, I’m not a blame the police first person,” Gowdy insisted. “I don’t know how reasonably foreseeable it should be for cops, that tens of thousands are going to be told to go fight, that an election was stolen from them, to go fight, to blame Mike Pence, to blame Tommy Cotton and Ken Buck.”
Smith interrupted with a disingenuous question: “Who is they? Who told them to do that?”
“Did you listen to the president’s speech yesterday?” Gowdy challenged her.