McConnell breaks with RNC: Jan. 6 ‘violent insurrection’

( Last Friday, the Republican National Committee voted to approve a resolution censuring Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger over their involvement in the partisan January 6 select committee. And on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voiced his disagreement with RNC’s decision and its characterization of the January 6 riot.

In its resolution, the RNC described the purpose of the committee as a “Democrat-led persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse.”

During his weekly press conference on Tuesday, McConnell took issue with that description, calling the three+ hour riot at the Capital “a violent insurrection” to “prevent the peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election.”

McConnell argued that by censuring Cheney and Kinzinger the RNC is “picking and choosing” which Republicans it thinks should be supported. He said it isn’t the job of the RNC to single out members of the party “who may have different views from the majority” of the party.

But McConnell’s objections ignore the fact that Cheney and Kinzinger were not placed on the committee by the Republican House leader. Instead, they accepted Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s invitation to join the committee. In short, they acted at the behest of the Democrats. Frankly, they’re lucky the RNC didn’t remove them from the party altogether.

Mississippi Republican Senator Roger Wicker agreed with McConnell, telling reporters he didn’t think it was a good idea for the RNC to censure the two Pelosi puppets. Other Republican lawmakers expressed concern that the RNC’s actions could distract from the Republicans’ primary objective which is winning in November’s midterms.

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley told reporters that whether or not they agree with RNC vote, “it reflects the view of most Republican voters.” He said in his state, it isn’t helpful “to have a bunch of DC Republicans” second-guessing the censure.

An angry Donald Trump released a statement in response to McConnell’s remarks, saying the Senate Minority Leader “does not speak for the Republican Party” nor does he “represent the views of the vast majority of its voters.”

Trump then returned to his favorite subject “the most fraudulent election in American history,” claiming if McConnell had fought against election fraud, “we would not be discussing any of the above.”