John Berman of CNN asked if Trump resigned and Vice President Mike Pence took over, she would feel safer today, Farah replied: ” I will.”
She said: “I think this is something Trump should seriously consider.” “I don’t think-when you only have a few days left-there is no need to pretend to be impeached.”
In a speech on Wednesday, Trump aroused a crowd of supporters gathered on the National Mall, telling them that “we are going to the Capitol”
A few hours later, the president made only mild reprimands in social media posts, which have since been deleted. He told the rioters to “go home now,” but added that “we love you” and “you are special” while still pushing for his unfounded claims on the election. Later, he seemed to prove their actions were correct in a tweet on Wednesday.
Farah argued on CNN on Friday that the president should issue a “strong condemnation” of the riots and urge his supporters to “step down.”
She said: “When leadership was needed, he didn’t do the right thing and died as a result.”
She told CNN that she left the government because she “feeled to me that our efforts to say that the election was stolen misled the public.”
She said: “Obviously, we just didn’t win,” he added, adding that Trump repeatedly lied to his supporters and “caused them a great deal of harm, which made the kind of madness we saw in the Capitol. And the mob, this is unacceptable.”
Farah was under pressure from CNN. Why did she take so long to speak? Farah said she believed in Trump’s policy agenda but knew that “when this runaway “election” was stolen , I cannot influence the results.”
Asked CNN whether she would stand in support of Trump, Farah said: “I won’t.”
She said: “We can stick to the policy, but at this point we cannot support this person.”
More and more former Trump administration officials blame Trump’s remarks for the outbreak of violence. After the riots on Wednesday, Trump’s two cabinet secretaries and some White House and Trump administration officials resigned.
Farah pointed out on CNN that the House of Representatives should focus on the coronavirus pandemic and provide assistance to millions of Americans.
She said: “Penny has become a true leader.”
This story has been updated with additional comments and background information.
CNN’s Betsy Klein, Kevin Liptak, Jeremy Diamond and Maegan Vazquez contributed to this report.