Mitch McConnell is the unlikely voice chastising the RNC for trying to silence those calling the January 6th riot what it was, a violent attempt at insurrection.
Last week, the Republican National Committee took a vote to approve censuring Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois. Both reps sit on the Democrat-led House committee that is actively investigating the siege.
The resolution accused Cheney and Kinzinger of participating in ‘a persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse,’ a misrepresentation of facts that event drew pushback from GOP Senators – especially those who were there that day as violent rioters broke through windows and doors, threatening lives during the certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory.
“It was a violent insurrection for the purpose of trying to prevent the peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election from one administration to the next,” McConnell said Tuesday. “The issue is whether or not the RNC should be sort of singling out members of our party who may have different views than the majority. That’s not the job of the RNC.”
Those who voted for the censure said that they did so because they want unity inside the Republican party.
“That was not a unifying action,” said Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas.
Romney, taking McConnell’s side, told reporters that the vote “could not have been a more inappropriate” message from the GOP. “Anything that my party does that comes across as being stupid is not going to help us.”
The censure of Cheney and Kinzinger, which was approved with 71 percent of the votes, shows that the Republican party is more concerned with enforcing conformity among its members than with seeking out any kind of resolution to the events of January 6th, or the campaign against due process that Donald Trump and his supporters have waged since then.
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