Every day since the violent insurrection on January 6, Republicans have made clear they will do everything they can to protect rioters and defend the loser ex-president who incited them. Now, in the same week we learned the tragic news that two DC police officers who defended House Republicans died by suicide, the National Republican Congressional Committee won’t rule out supporting rioters who are now running for Congress.
The same Republicans who voted against funding for police departments in their own districts across the country just can’t stop themselves from disrespecting police officers.
HuffPost: House GOP Campaign Chair Won’t Rule Out Backing Candidates Who Attended Jan. 6 Riot
- “Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), the man in charge of taking back the House majority for Republicans, is not ruling out supporting candidates who were part of the mob at the Capitol on Jan. 6.”
- “Emmer offered no condemnation of the mob of Donald Trump supporters that attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6 to try to stop Congress from certifying the presidential election results in favor of Joe Biden. He also never ruled out supporting candidates who were there that day.”
- “There are at least two Republicans running for Congress who went to the Capitol on Jan. 6.”
Politico: House GOP’s new midterm headache: Candidates tied to the Capitol riot
- “But the GOP campaign arm is now in the uncomfortable position of watching several of its own candidates face sharp questions about their role in the deadly siege that injured scores of police officers.”
- “Those candidates’ ties to the Jan. 6 attack are the latest headache — and in some cases, potential political liability — for House Republicans as they deal with fallout from the Trump-led rally that metastasized into a coup attempt. It’s impossible to know how many of the GOP’s still-growing crop of candidates this cycle took part in the riot. But Democrats are already preparing to lean into the issue of Trump-linked extremism within the Republican ranks, which they’re betting will hurt the GOP in key battleground districts next fall.”
- “No matter how much most GOP lawmakers would prefer to not talk about Jan. 6, they remain closely tethered to the former president who headlined the pre-riot rally. Many House Republicans have sought Trump’s endorsement, visited his resorts for fundraisers, and invited him on trips to spotlight various issues.”