WASHINGTON – Republicans on Friday officially announced the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol and the events that led to “legitimate political discourse,” formally reprimanding two lawmakers in the Senate. the party was most outspoken in condemning the killer riot and Donald J. Trump’s role in spreading lies in the election fueled it.
The overwhelmingly vocal vote by the Republican National Committee to censor Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois at the winter meeting in Salt Lake City has culminated in more than a year of disapproval. blank, starting with Party leaders condemn Capitol attack and Mr. Trump’s behavior, then moved to downplay and deny it.
On Friday, the party went further in a resolution criticizing Ms Cheney and Mr Kinzinger for participating in the House’s investigation into the assault, saying it was engaging in “the persecution of citizens”. normally engage in legitimate political discourse”.
It was an unusual claim to the deadliest attack on the Capitol in 200 years, in which a mob of Trump supporters stormed in to complexly, brutally attack police officers and send officials away. Legislature in hiding. Nine people died involved in the attack and more than 150 officers were injured. The party passed the resolution without discussion and virtually no dissent.
The criticism is the latest and most powerful effort by the Republican Party to mitigate what happened and a broader effort by Mr. Trump and his allies to nullify the outcome of the 2020 election. and chose to punish their two men, Republicans seem to adopt a position many of them have only alluded to: that the attack and previous actions are tolerable.
It comes days after Mr Trump suggested that, if re-elected in 2024, he will consider amnesty for those convicted of the January 6 attacks and first described his goal as “overturning” the election results.
For Republicans in Washington, the party’s actions threaten new divisions as their leaders try to focus attention on what they call a failure of the Biden administration.
Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, wrote on Twitter, “Shame falls on a party that can criticize people of conscience who seek the truth in the face of vitriol. Honor goes with Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for seeking the truth even when doing so comes at a personal cost.” He did not mention that the female chairwoman who chaired the meeting and arranged the criticism, Ronna McDaniel, was his niece.
The party’s far-right has been agitated to kick Ms. Cheney and Mr. Kinzinger out of the House Republican Convention for months, a push that Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, has been trying to side. aside. And their official censorship is sure to stir up those efforts again.
Representative Mike Garcia, a California Republican facing a tough re-election campaign in a newly configured county, said: “We need to continue that discussion and be frank. , go ahead and take back the House of Representatives in 2022.
Most Republicans in the House tried to ignore the party’s actions on Friday, refusing to answer questions or saying they had not read the critical resolution. Representative Dan Crenshaw, Republican of Texas, called it “stupid,” while Representative Mark Green, Republican of Tennessee, lamented the distraction from “this horrible administration’s record.”
However, Democrats were deeply moved, especially by the censor’s description of the Capitol attack as “ordinary citizens engaged in political discussion”. legal” and the ongoing legal investigations into Mr. Trump in New York and Georgia “Abuse of prosecutorial power by Democrats”.
Representative Jamie Raskin, a Democrat of Maryland and a member of the House special committee investigating the Capitol attack, said: A targeted coup and a deadly uprising are a political expression. “It’s such a scandal that historians would be horrified to think that a major political party would condemn Liz Cheney for standing up for the Constitution and not saying anything about Donald Trump’s involvement in the election.” rebellion.”
Representative Adam Schiff, Democrat of California and a member of the committee, said, “Their party has become a cult of the former president, unwilling to admit the truth, and I think they do. self-condemn with their own solutions”.
To protect yourself, Mr. Kinzinger said, “I have no regrets about my decision to take the oath of office and defend the Constitution. I will continue to focus my efforts on standing for truth and working against the political matrix that has led us to where we are today. “
The resolution repeatedly spoke of party unity as a target to censor lawmakers, saying the party’s ability to focus on the Biden administration had been “sabotaged” by Ms Cheney’s “actions and words”. and Kinzinger, showing that “they are more supportive of the Democrats’ efforts to destroy President Trump than they are of regaining a Republican majority by 2022”.
More realistically, the party’s moves in Salt Lake City would make it easier for the Republican apparatus to abandon Ms. Cheney and throw its weight and money on to her main challenger, Harriet Hageman.
The censorship resolution states that the party “will immediately terminate any and all support by “both legislators” as Republicans because their conduct has undermined the institution. of the United States House of Representatives, the Republican Party, and our republic, and is inconsistent with the position of the Conference”.
Kinzinger has vowed not to run for re-election, as did several other House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for inciting the attack on the Capitol. However, Ms. Cheney has vowed to run for re-election.
Earlier this week, the Wyoming delegation to the Republican National Committee submitted a letter known as “Rule 11”, formalizing the party’s support for Ms. Hageman. The existence of the letter reported of the Washington Post.
The letter authorizes the Republican National Committee to send resources to the party’s Wyoming branch to spend on Ms. Hageman – essentially designating her as the party’s hypothetical candidate. The designations are common in Republican politics, but are often used to support incumbents who may be facing key token challenges. For example, Florida’s delegation submitted a similar letter months ago allowing the national committee to gather resources to support reelection campaigns for Governor Ron DeSantis and Senator Marco Rubio. .
Ms. Cheney, who is facing an uphill battle in her bid for re-election against Mr. Trump-aligned Republicans, said party leaders “have voluntarily become hostages” to Mr. Trump.
“I don’t recognize people in my party who have abandoned the Constitution to embrace Donald Trump,” she speaks. “History will be their judge. I will never stop fighting for our constitutional republic. No matter what. ”
Ms. Cheney’s spokesman, Jeremy Adler, condemned the Wyoming GOP leadership and its president, Frank Eathorne, for directing resources to Ms. Hageman. Mr. Eathorne did not respond to messages on Friday; Other members of the Wyoming delegation declined to comment.
“Frank Eathorne and the Republican National Committee are trying to assert their will and take away the voices of the people of Wyoming before a single vote is cast,” Mr. Adler said.
Miss Cheney has a commanding financial advantage Hageman, according to a federal campaign finance report released earlier this week. Ms. Cheney entered 2022 with almost $5 million in campaign cash, while Ms. Hageman reported just $380,000.
The critical resolution follows from an initial version calling directly the House Republicans Convention to “immediately expel” Ms. Cheney and Mr. Kinzinger. That demand has been reduced. However, language condemning the attack on “legitimate political discourse” was later added.
William J. Palatucci, a Republican National Committee member from New Jersey, said the changes were made “behind closed doors”. The final language was officially circulated to committee members early Friday morning. He called it “cultural cancellation at its worst.”
“The National Commission to Attack Liz Cheney is distracting and counterproductive,” he said. “We should be taking the time to shoot at the Democrats, not the Republicans.”
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