Republicans in the Senate, with a few notable exceptions, are lining up behind Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) to oppose a commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection. While they claim that their aversion to it is based on a fear that it’ll be a political hit job (despite it being bipartisan), the real and obvious reason for their reluctance is that they know what the probe will likely find: Donald Trump and those who boosted his lies about the election helped incite the violence. Conservatives don’t want to drag that baggage into the mid-terms.
Once again McConnell and his cronies are putting party before country even though the risk here could not be any more apparent. If we fail to discern exactly what happened on January 6th it will be much more difficult for us to stop it from happening again and next time the coup attempt might actually prove successful. For Republicans, that’s an acceptable gamble — especially when they take into consideration the fact that it will be their voters instigating it.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) took to Twitter today to distill the absurdity of the GOP’s position. He shared a video of McConnell claiming that Democrats want to “continue to debate things that occurred in the past,” and listed numerous commissions that investigated past events: 9/11, the JFK assassination, and the Benghazi Attack.
“Hard to create a Commission for events that have not yet happened,” Lieu correctly pointed out.
At this point, it’s clear McConnell isn’t even attempting to fashion a convincing excuse for his opposition to a January 6th Commission. Yes, the Capitol siege happened in the past. That doesn’t make an investigation into its causes any less important. The simple truth is that McConnell knows Republican voters will support his dangerous obstructionism even if it means imperiling our democracy. He’s a craven man and a terrible American.
Remember the 9/11 Commission? That examined an event in the past.
Remember the Warren Commission? That examined an event in the past.
Remember the Benghazi Select Committee? That examined an event in the past.
Hard to create a Commission for events that have not yet happened. https://t.co/idGuqElN4w
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 26, 2021
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.