Thursday, December 1

The Republican party considers the assault on the Capitol “legitimate political dialogue”

In one more attempt to please Donald Trump, the Republican party failed two congressmen this Friday for supporting the investigation of the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 and declared that they are “persecuting ordinary citizens who were participating in legitimate political dialogue”.

The national committee of the Republican party voted with this justification in favor of the official disapproval of Liz Cheney, a member of the House of Representatives from Wyoming and one of the leaders of the party until last year, and Adam Kinzinger, a Republican representative from Illinois. Both are members of the special commission of Congress to investigate the assault on the Capitol after the speech of the still President Trump when Congress was preparing to make official the result of the 2020 presidential elections, which was won by the current president, Joe Biden.

The resolution proposes various punishments for Republican congressmensuch as not supporting them in the primaries and not letting them participate in debates representing their party.

On January 6, 2021, a crowd of people gathered in Washington over Trump’s call to protest. They arrived with guns, knives, spray cans, fire extinguishers and flag poles, among other weapons, and after their leader’s speech they forced their way into several Capitol buildings. This forced the congressmen to interrupt the voting process to certify the results of the presidential elections. At least four people were killed during the assault.including an assailant and several Capitol police officers, who were beaten and trampled.

A few Republicans criticized their party’s decision this Friday, such as the Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, or Mitt Romney, the only senator who voted in favor of the first impeachment of Trump and one of the seven who voted in favor of the second, for instigating the assault on Capitol Hill.

“It is a sad day for my party – and for the country – when you are punished for expressing your convictions, standing up for your principles and refusing to tell outright lies,” Governor Hogan said. Romney said “shame” fell on his party for failing “people with a conscience who seek the truth.”

Liz Cheney, who says she will run for election again in Wyoming, said in a statement: “The leaders of the Republican Party are being held hostage by a man who admits that he tried to overturn the presidential election and suggests that he will pardon the defendants for January 6, some of whom have been charged with sedition. I am a constitutional conservative and I do not recognize those in my party who have abandoned the Constitution to embrace Donald Trump. History will judge them.”

Some of the Republican leaders who condemned Trump for instigating the assault a year ago have stopped doing so in the face of the influence the former president still wields in the party. Part of his voters do not even believe in the existence of the assault. 19% of Americans believe the assault on Capitol Hill was “largely peaceful,” according to a survey of Washington Post in December.

The acceptance of violence as a political tool has increased since the 2016 elections. 40% of Republicans and 41% of voters who declare themselves independent they say that violence against the government is justified in some cases (so do 23% of Democrats).