Most people with intellectual integrity will not deny that the breech of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 was irresponsible, unlawful, and shameful.
While America attempts to comprehend the extreme aftermath, politicians have been doing what politicians do — finding others to blame. Nancy Pelosi has blamed President Trump. Mitch McConnell has blamed President Trump. The media, have also mostly blamed President Trump.
Undoubtedly there is much disagreement, but public can judge for themselves whether President Trump’s remarks that morning “incited an insurrection.” The former president does not call for violence, and that is clear. How his words and influence are interpreted is a matter of debate and belonged to each individual’s perspective.
The only people truly responsible for the actions at the Capitol are the individuals who carried out those actions.
There is a reasonable case to be made for responsibility also resting on individuals who did not act — meaning those responsible for protecting the Capitol Building.
Perhaps the rhetoric from Pelosi and McConnell is nothing more than the usual deflection pontificated by them both. Leaders accept responsibility. The Capitol Police failed. The Capitol Police report to the Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives and the Sergeant of Arms of the Senate. Those two individuals report to the leaders of their respective bodies. On January 6, 2021, those leaders were Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell.
While the aggressors on January 6th are responsible for their breech of the Capitol, Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell share the ultimate blame for failing to properly defend the Capitol. In both instances there was a failure of direct, personal responsibility for action or inaction.