The GOP has been in full meltdown mode since Jan. 6

Protesters crowd the United States Capitol building during a demonstration in Washington, DC, U.S., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Protesters crowd the United States Capitol building during a demonstration in Washington, DC, U.S., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The Republican Party is collapsing over what to do about Jan. 6. Was it “legitimate political speech” or a “violent insurrection”? If you’re House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, you’d rather run away from reporters than answer that question.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell denounced the recent censorship of the Republican National Committee GOP Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, then joined the House Select Committee on January 6. At the same time as they censored Cheney and Kinzinger, the RNC said the events leading up to it were “legitimate political speech.”

McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that “we’ve seen [Jan. 6] happen.”

“It was a violent insurrection in an effort to try to prevent the peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election, from one administration to another,” McConnell said. “That’s what it was.”

McConnell did not support Republican efforts to deny certification of the 2020 election. He has said in the past that Trump was responsible for the insurrection, but ultimately the Kentucky senator voted not to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial.

McConnell also said on Tuesday that while he had faith in RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, “it’s not the RNC’s job” to “single out” party members.

The RNC has also come under criticism from some Republicans generally anti-conflict, such as Susan Collins and Lindsey Graham. “Those who assaulted police officers, smashed windows and drilled into the Capitol were not engaged in legitimate political discourse, and to say otherwise is absurd,” Collins said on Monday.

McDaniel said in a statement to New York Times On Tuesday, the RNC “repeatedly condemned all acts of political violence and lawlessness”, and some RNC members told the Time that “legitimate political speech” referred to fake Trump voters rather than Capitol rioters.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had a rather different response when reporters tried to ask him about the resolution.

“Everyone knows, whoever broke in and caused damage, it was unjustified and those people, we said from the very beginning, should be in jail,” McCarthy told CNN. “What [the RNC] were talking about, these are the six members of the RNC who [the] January 6 [committee] subpoenaed who weren’t even there; they were in Florida that day. (14 people, including the RNC members McCarthy referred to, were summoned at the end of January.)

McCarthy did not respond to questions about whether he personally supports the RNC’s resolution describing Jan. 6 as “legitimate political speech.” When another reporter tried to ask him about the resolution on Tuesday, he told him to ‘make an appointment with my office’ and said it was ‘not good to get into it’ in the corridor.

The split responses from McConnell and McCarthy show the growing division within the GOP over how to handle the issue of the 2020 election and Trump, who has relentlessly criticized Republicans – including McConnell – who have not supported the theory of the baseless conspiracy that the 2020 election was stolen. him.

If Republicans return to the House midterm in November, McCarthy is expected to become president next year and has sought to ally himself with the former president, even backing the caucus’ decision to oust Cheney from the Republican leadership of bedroom. Still, he has encountered resistance from the right in his caucus, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, whom McCarthy has pledged to reinstate on his committees after the Democratic-controlled House expelled her last year.

“We know Kevin McCarthy has a problem in our conference,” Greene Rep. Matt Gaetz said during a November appearance on Gaetz’s podcast.. “He doesn’t have the full backing to be a speaker.”

McConnell, on the other hand, no longer has a working relationship with the former president, who has taken to calling McConnell “Old Crow” and criticizing him about his support for the bipartisan infrastructure bill that happened last year, so that raising the debt ceiling. McConnell dismissed Trump’s attacks in an interview with the Washington Examiner on Tuesdaypointing out that no incumbent GOP senator has sworn to vote against him keeping his job as leader of the Senate after the next election.

“Every reporter in town, including I’m sure you, has been trying to find one for months, hasn’t it?” McConnell told the Examiner. “Did you find one?” This is the answer to your question.

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