Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is not on board with the recent RNC censure of Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) that referred to the January 6th Capitol insurrection as “legitimate political discourse.”
The RNC officially censured Cheney and Kinzinger last week for serving on the House Select Committee that is investigating January 6th. Trump supporters, including chair Ronna McDaniel, dominate the RNC so they have a vendetta against anyone who dares to hold Donald Trump accountable.
The censure drew wide backlash, including from Republicans, but it drew outright condemnation for downplaying the Capitol insurrection as “legitimate political discourse.” After all, Trump supporters violently stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overthrow democracy and install Donald Trump as a dictator. In no way is that “legitimate political discourse.
On Tuesday, McConnell chimed in on the censure against Cheney and Kinzinger.
“The issue is whether or not the RNC should be sort of singling out members of our party who may have different views from the majority. That’s not the job of the RNC,” McConnell said. “Traditionally the view of the national party committee is, we support all members of our party, regardless of their positions on some issues.”
McConnell, however, saved his strongest condemnation for the RNC portrayal of the insurrection.
“We all were here. We saw what happened,” McConnell said. “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. That’s what it was.”
Of course, conservatives are enraged over McConnell telling the truth for once in his life. But that still does not absolve him from failing to hold Trump accountable for inciting the insurrection. McConnell stalled impeachment proceedings against Trump until after he had left office and then used that as justification to acquit him. Thus, Trump remains a threat to force his way back into office whereas an impeachment conviction would have barred him from seeking office again. If anything, McConnell is guilty of aiding and abetting Trump and is partly responsible for the threat of future insurrections.
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