DONALD Trump told Kevin McCarthy he believes last week's Capitol riots are down to "ANTIFA people".
He revealed in a phone call to the House Minority Leader that he thinks left-wing extremists are to blame for the violence that killed five people and left scores injured – although he does shoulder some of the blame, Sen. McCarthy said.
Hoardes of Trump supporters descended on the building Wednesday, smashing windows and brawling with police – as well as storming the senate, smearing their own poo on the building's walls and planting explosive devices at the offices of the Republican and Democratic National Committees.
During the private phone call with the President, Mr McCarthy reportedly pushed back hard against his unfounded claims, telling him: "It's not ANTIFA, it's MAGA," reports Axios.
The Republican also apparently jibed: "I know. I was there," according to a White House insider.
Mr Trump's theory that ANTIFA were behind the riots has been widely debunked and nobody arrested in connection with the violence has ties to the left-wing group.
The President also re-iterated his un-founded theory that the election was "stolen" from him during the "tense" half-hour call, to which the House Minority Leader replied: "Stop it. It's over. The election is over."
Violence was sparked after Mr Trump told supporters last week they should "fight" the election result.
ANTIFA THEORY DEBUNKED
He was also criticized for failing to react to the violence – waiting almost an entire day before releasing a video in which he condemned the violence.
Republicans and Dems alike are reportedly furious after the Washington Post reported the President took so long to address the situation because he was caught up in watching live TV footage of the riots unfold.
A Trump adviser reportedly admitted: "He was hard to reach, and you know why? Because it was live TV.
'"If it's TiVo, he just hits pause and takes the calls. If it's live TV, he watches it, and he was just watching it all unfold."
Top Republicans reportedly had to phone his daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner as well as a series of aides in a desperate bid to get him to step in.
Former New Jersey Governer Chris Christie reportedly said at the time: "The president caused this protest to occur; he's the only one who can make it stop.
'THE ELECTION IS OVER'
The Democrats are now moving to impeach the President for "inciting violence" and his Twitter accounts have been suspended for the same reason.
Impeachment is scheduled for consideration at 9am on January 13, if he refuses to resign and vice-President Pence won't initiate other procedures to remove him.
However, Mr McCarthy said the President does accept some of the blame.
There have been calls however for Mr Trump to resign following the incident.
Republicans Lisa Murkowski and Pat Toomey have publicly called for the President to step down.
The world watched on as a mob of MAGA-clad Americans scaled the building's walls last Wednesday.
The US political hub is supposed to be one of the most secure buildings in the country.
Members of Congress were seen evacuating the House floor as violent scenes erupted and the building placed on lockdown.
During a press conference last Thursday morning, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said Mr Trump "must be held accountable."
"The current President must be held accountable for this unprecedented attack on our democracy," she said.
"What happened yesterday is what he wanted to happen and we must not underestimate the damage he can do to our nation and our democracy over the next two weeks."
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