Republican Leaders Double Down on “Legitimate Political Discourse”
February 18, 2022
Republican leaders are ending this week the same way they started it: doubling down on declaring the deadly January 6 insurrection “legitimate political discourse.” While President Biden and Democrats are fighting to lower costs and deliver for the American people, Republicans have proven, yet again, that they’re more interested in fighting amongst themselves and carrying water for Donald Trump.
After spending last week literally running away from questions, Kevin McCarthy finally laid his cards on the table and sided with the RNC’s “legitimate political discourse” resolution by endorsing a primary challenger against Liz Cheney.
New York Times: “Kevin McCarthy Backs Liz Cheney’s Challenger, Escalating a Party Feud”
New York Times: “Mr. McCarthy’s endorsement came about two weeks after the Republican National Committee voted to censure Ms. Cheney and Representative Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois, for participating in the inquiry into the deadly riot at the Capitol. The resolution said the pair was involved in ‘persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse,’ the party’s clearest statement to date that it considered the riot and the efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election that fueled it defensible.”
Meanwhile, Mike Pence is shamelessly defending the Republican Party’s attempt to whitewash January 6 and the Big Lie – just like he defended and enabled Donald Trump for four years.
Axios: “Pence defends RNC’s ‘legitimate political discourse’ language”
Axios: “Pence, who two weeks earlier said former President Trump was ‘wrong’ to claim that he could have overturned the results of the 2020 election during the election certification, did not reiterate his direct criticism of Trump during a Q&A session after his speech but instead said he had a constitutional duty to perform that day.”