McConnell shudders after trump unmasks the GOP as the party of pro-January 6 lawlessness

McConnell shudders after trump unmasks the GOP as the party of pro-January 6 lawlessness

Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos Staff – February 10, 2022 

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 27:  U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (2nd L), Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) (L) and Senate Minority Whip Sen. John Thune (R-SD) (R) arrive at a news briefing after a weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on July 27, 2021 in Washington, DC. Senate GOPs held a weekly policy luncheon to discuss Republican agenda.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

If the Republican Party is going to attack the Biden administration on the national uptick in crime—including a record-spike in homicides during Donald Trump’s tenure—it must be viewed as the party of law and order.

The fact that Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee are now endorsing the Jan. 6 attack and bear-hugging its perpetrators has McConnell running scared.

“This is pretty simple,” McConnell told CNN on Wednesday. “We are in the middle of a national crime wave. The Republican Party is a pro-police, tough-on-crime party. And I am a pro-police, tough-on-crime Republican across the board.”

Is it really, Senator?

McConnell made the assertion just weeks after Trump dangled the idea of pardoning every Jan. 6 convict if he wins reelection in 2024. McConnell’s claim also stood in stark contrast to the Republican National Committee’s endorsement last week of the deadly violence unleashed by Jan. 6 attackers as “legitimate political discourse.” In fact, the violent insurrection injured more than a hundred police officers protecting the Capitol that day, several of whom died, and to this day, many officers continue to suffer from ongoing mental anguish due to the trauma of the attack.

Yet, given the choice between the police who defended U.S. lawmakers and the insurrectionists who beat them and defiled the Capitol, both Trump and the national Republican Party sided with the insurrectionists.

Two separate polls this week have shown that roughly two-thirds of Americans oppose pardoning people who participated in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol—one from Politico/Morning Consult and one from Navigator Research.

On Tuesday, McConnell pushed back against the RNC censure resolution declaring the Jan. 6 attack “legitimate political discourse.” Rejecting that characterization outright, McConnell called the pro-Trump assault on the Capitol a “violent insurrection.”

Most congressional Republicans, not wanting to anger McConnell, have conceded that the attack was violent, but almost all of them have taken issue with the word “insurrection.”

“I don’t know that I would go that far. But it was something that we’re not proud of,” Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama told CNN. “It was violent. I just wouldn’t call it an insurrection.”

Rep. Bob Good of Virginia, a Freedom Caucus member, said only a “small portion” of Jan. 6 rioters broke the law and should be prosecuted. But, he added, “It was not an attempt to overthrow the government. It was not.”

This point of distinction between criminal violence and a full-blown insurrection is surely one of the reasons Republicans had originally insisted on a very narrow investigation of Jan. 6 itself, excluding an exploration of the broader context of what led to the attack. Widening the lens to the events leading up to Jan. 6 makes it glaringly apparent that the Capitol assault was just one small part of a Trump-led conspiracy to overturn a free and fair election.

Regardless, endorsing the Capitol attack, at its core, is an endorsement of lawlessness and chaos, and McConnell desperately wants the Republican Party to be able to claim the mantle of law and order heading into the midterms.

Too bad Donald Trump and the RNC have completely blown up that notion.

Author: John Hanno

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Bogan High School. Worked in Alaska after the earthquake. Joined U.S. Army at 17. Sergeant, B Battery, 3rd Battalion, 84th Artillery, 7th Army. Member of 12 different unions, including 4 different locals of the I.B.E.W. Worked for fortune 50, 100 and 200 companies as an industrial electrician, electrical/electronic technician.