Turtle Power: Mitch McConnell Shatters The “Big Lie”

Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, January 6th 2021.

In the year that has passed since the violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021 in an attempt to obstruct the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory, many if not most of the Republicans who condemned the events of that day–and more importantly, assigned the blame for the violence with ex-President Donald Trump personally–have walked back their initial reaction to whatever degree they could. This moral retrenchment was most recently seen in the Republican National Committee’s motion to censure Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for trammeling on the “legitimate political discourse” the rioters were supposedly engaged in. This “evolution” comes after the RNC condemned the violence in much stronger terms in the immediate aftermath.

But there is one Republican who has not gone along with the rewriting of history to sanitize the events of January 6th, and unlike Reps. Cheney and Kinzinger has not been made to suffer politically–at least not yet. And as The Hill reports, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Machiavellian architect of so much damage done to the country over the past decade, is drawing a hard and consistent line against insurrection that is baffling his critics and almost certainly jeopardizing his leadership position:

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) criticized the Republican National Committee (RNC) for its censure of Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and broke with their language on the Jan. 6, 2021 riot, calling it a “violent insurrection.”

“It was a violent insurrection with the purpose of trying to prevent a peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election. … That’s what it was,” McConnell said. [Pols emphasis]

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

 

Senate Minority “Leader” Mitch McConnell.

Axios continues, while using the dreaded I-word to correctly describe the insurrection on January 6th and accepting that Joe Biden won a “legitimately certified election,” two absolutely unforgivable sins in MAGA world, McConnell is not pleased with the RNC’s censure of Reps. Cheney and Kinzinger:

“The issue is whether or not the RNC should be singling out members of our party who may have different views from the majority. That’s not the job of the RNC,” McConnell said in response to the committee’s censure of Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.).

“Traditionally, the view of the national party committee is that we support all members of our party, regardless of their positions on some issues,” he said during a news conference.

With a number of Republican Senators including Sen. Lindsey Graham signaling that McConnell’s leadership of the caucus will end no matter what happens in the 2022 midterm elections, McConnell appears to be liberated in a long-term sense of the need to sacrifice his personal credibility for Donald Trump’s “Big Lie.” As Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell is the highest-ranking Republican in America today. And with McConnell still having most of his latest term ahead of him, he has time to outlast the Trump era that Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney do not.

Now it’s time for Colorado GOP chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown, gubernatorial “divisive question”-dodger Heidi Ganahl, and every Republican down the ticket to be asked once again: whether they stand with today’s top-ranking Republican, or yesterday’s?

We know how Ron Hanks will answer. No one gets to hide from this question anymore.

3 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Dionaea says:

    "McConnell appears to be liberated in a long-term sense of the need to sacrifice his personal credibility for Donald Trump’s “Big Lie."

    McConnell cares only about getting back a Republican senate majority and recognizes that in the few states with a potentially close senate race that the big lie is a liability with the independents that he needs to win.  His calculus has nothing to do with being "liberated" and he could care less about credibility.

  2. JohnInDenver says:

    McConnell is supposedly threatened by something Sen. Graham is saying?  I'm sorry, but how many different positions on Trump has Graham demonstrated between 2015 and 2022? 

    My memory is: Graham was against him; before he moved to neutral; and then endorsed him, before he thought Trump had gone too far but didn't deserve conviction on Impeachment I, and then he backed Trump again, and then said Trump was a loser and shouldn't have encouraged an insurrection, and then voted against conviction on Impeachment II, but still said the party ought to be moving on, and then has once again decided to go to Mar a Lago for a weekend stay with golfing, paying for a room, and having a nice dinner.

    If Republicans win in November and the question is who ought to be Majority Leader, I'm not certain who would be preferred to McConnell.  If they lose seats and are a weakened minority, I'm not certain some of the possible alternatives want to take over that weakened position.

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