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In censure of Cheney and Kinzinger, GOP frames Jan. 6 riot as 'legitimate political discourse'

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  • Adam KinzingerAdam KinzingerAmerican politician
  • Liz CheneyLiz CheneyAmerican politician
  • Donald Trump

The Republican National Committee voted Friday to censure GOP Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for their participation in the committee investigating Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol carried out by the supporters of former President Donald Trump. In the process, they also attempted to re-frame the events of that day as "legitimate political discourse."

"Representatives Cheney and Kinzinger are participating in a Democrat-led persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse, and they are both utilizing their past professed political affiliation to mask Democrat abuse of prosecutorial power for partisan purposes," the censure resolution, which passed Friday, stated.

This extraordinary rewriting of the Jan. 6 attack is not the first revision attempted by some Republicans. Egged on by Trump, and with the stated intention of preventing Congress from certifying the Electoral College tally showing Joe Biden had defeated him in the 2020 election, thousands of angry Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building that day and assaulted police officers.

Initially, many Republican lawmakers condemned the riot that injured 150 police officers and was blamed for the deaths of nine people. In the days that followed, however, some in the party attempted to blame left-wing protesters for the chaos. When that narrative failed to take hold, Fox News host Tucker Carlson embarked on a mission to convince his viewers, without hard evidence, that the FBI had possibly infiltrated the crowd, sparking the riot.

Protesters clash with Capitol Police on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Protesters clash with Capitol Police on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

More than 760 people have been arrested and charged for their role in the Jan. 6 attack. More than 150 people have pleaded guilty to crimes committed on that day, and nearly 100 have been sentenced so far.

For the RNC, the decision to censure Cheney and Kinzinger and to seek to absolve those who took part in the events of Jan. 6 at the Capitol mirrors the thinking of Trump, the man who was impeached for "incitement of insurrection" for his role in that chapter of American history.

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