McConnell Breaks With RNC Over Censure of Reps. Cheney and Kinzinger

McConnell Breaks With RNC Over Censure of Reps. Cheney and Kinzinger

Senate Minority Leader (R-Ky.) came down hard on the Republican National Committee (RNC) earlier this afternoon. McConnell criticized the RNC’s recent censure of Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) for serving on the House select committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

McConnell also criticized the language used by the RNC, which claimed the was a “persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse.” McConnell said the mob of pro-Trump protesters who breached the Capitol, temporarily halting the certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College win, had a participated in a “violent insurrection.”

WATCH:

The Hill reports:

“It was a violent insurrection with the purpose of trying to prevent peaceful transfer of power. …That’s what it was,” McConnell said. 

The RNC sparked fierce backlash after it described Jan. 6, when a mob of former President Trump’s followers breached the building, as “legitimate political discourse” in a resolution censuring Kinzinger and Cheney. 

RNC Ronna McDaniel appeared to try to clarify the resolution, saying in a statement that the two GOP lawmakers were involved in persecuting citizens “engaged in legitimate political discourse” but “that had nothing to do with violence at the Capitol.” The last section was not in the RNC resolution. 

McConnell said he had confidence in McDaniel but that it was the job traditionally of the RNC to support all Republicans and not “singling out” members. 

“That’s not the job of the RNC,” he added.

Initially, 35 House Republicans voted to support an independent commission to investigate the U.S. Capitol attack as part of a bipartisan deal.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) later pulled all GOP members he had nominated from then-developing House committee investigating the attack after Speaker Pelosi’s rejection of Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Jim Banks (R-Ind).

At the time, Pelosi cited “statements and actions” made by Jordan and Banks as the reason for rejecting their nominations. She approved McCarthy’s other nominees, Reps. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota and Troy Nehls of Texas.

But for McCarthy, that wasn’t good enough.

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