I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker:
Chris Christie called the White House intending to tell Trump, “Are you crazy? What are you doing? You’re the president of the United States . . . You’ve got to stop this.” But when Trump didn’t take his call, the former New Jersey governor went on TV and tried to deliver his message to the president through the screen.
“I’ve been spending the last twenty-five minutes or so trying to get the president on the phone myself to say this to him directly,” Christie said during ABC’s breaking news coverage. “The president caused this protest to occur. He’s the only one who can make it stop. The president has to come out and tell his supporters to leave the Capitol grounds and to allow the Congress to do their business peacefully. And anything short of that is an abrogation of his responsibility. He spoke to this crowd, his son spoke to this crowd, and sent them on their way. I don’t know that they anticipated this was going to be the result, but it doesn’t matter whether they did or they didn’t. This is the result of their words, and now their words must put a stop to this.”