Watch: Melania's Staff Also Resigning As Trump Takes Blame For Capitol Chaos

Written By BlabberBuzz | Saturday, 09 January 2021 05:45 AM
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Stephanie Grisham, the chief of staff of First Lady Melania Trump and former White House press secretary, has resigned after the scenes of violence that happened in the U.S. Capitol grounds during a protest over concerns about how the presidential election was handled on the afternoon of Jan. 6.

“It has been an honor to serve the country in the White House. I am very proud to have been a part of Mrs. Trump’s mission to help children everywhere and proud of the many accomplishments of this administration,” Grisham said in a statement.

Grisham didn’t explain whether her resignation was in response to the violence at the nation’s Capitol building.

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A series of other resignations followed in the White House, including deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews and White House social secretary Rickie Niceta, a White House official approved, according to The Hill.

“I was honored to serve in the Trump administration and proud of the policies we enacted. As someone who worked in the halls of Congress I was deeply disturbed by what I saw today,” Matthews said in a statement. “I’ll be stepping down from my role, effective immediately. Our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power.”

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Niceta had been granted her post in February 2017.

The protesters, many dressed in pro-Trump clothes, stormed the building at around 2:15 p.m after smashing windows to get inside. Video footage shows some demonstrators conflicting with police, others showed rioters carrying American and Trump's flags walking through the hall connecting the two chambers of the Capitol.

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One woman, who has since been recognized as Ashli Babbit, an Air Force vet from California and Trump supporter, died after being shot inside the Capitol building, her husband told KUSI-TV.

The breach disrupted discussions in both Chambers over objections to the electoral votes from the presidential election. By 6 p.m., officials announced the Capitol building had been secured. Congress continued shortly later.

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Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the session, rebuked the violence upon returning.

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“We condemn the violence that took place here in the strongest possible terms. We grieve the loss of life in these hallowed halls to those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today: you did not win. Violence never wins. Freedom wins. And this is still the people’s house,” he said.

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GOP lawmakers also censured the violence, with many portraying the actions as “un-American.”

“What is unfolding is unacceptable and un-American. It has got to stop,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said in a tweet.

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“America is not a country where political violence is acceptable,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) wrote on Twitter.

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