Conservative has strong reservations about Kevin McCarthy’s Jan. 6 committee picks: ‘I’m not holding my breath’
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has picked five Republicans for Speaker Nancy Pelosi's select committee on the January 6 insurrection, and not surprisingly, he didn't choose anyone who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump. McCarthy's picks are Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, Rep. Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota, Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Rep. Troy Nehls of Texas and the buffoonish Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio. Never Trump conservative Tim Miller reacts to McCarthy's picks in an article published by The Bulwark on July 20, pointing out that some of them have been relentless promoters of the Big Lie.
Of the five, Davis and Armstrong are the only ones who voted to certify now-President Joe Biden's Electoral College victory on January 6. Jordan has been a strident Trump defender, which is obviously why McCarthy wanted him on the committee.
Miller explains, "McCarthy reportedly had some difficulty finding Republican representatives willing to participate in the committee — but Jim Jordan was undoubtedly eager to join. Everyone knows what to expect from Jordan, the sweaty, jacketless, former wrestling coach who worked alongside a serial sexual assaulter while simultaneously not ever seeming to notice and allegedly telling one of his wrestlers he should help cover it up."
Banks, like Jordan and Nehls, hasn't been shy about promoting the bogus conspiracy theory that former President Donald Trump was a victim of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. On Twitter, many critics of McCarthy's picks have been saying that choosing Jordan and Banks for a January 6 committee is like hiring al-Qaeda members to probe 9/11.
"The committee's ranking member will be Jim 'Numero Dos' Banks," Miller writes. "He is an election truther who polled his constituents on whether or not he should cancel the votes of citizens from other states. The new chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, he was among the members of Congress who joined Donald Trump in visiting the U.S.-Mexico border last month. Banks' communications director is Buckley Carlson, son of Tucker, ensuring that the White Power Hour will have a direct line to leaks from the committee."
Miller notes that although Armstrong voted against Trump's second impeachment, he did vote to certify Biden's Electoral College victory on January 6 and tweeted his congratulations to Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Election Day. "It is truly shocking that we live in a world where this is conspicuous," Miller comments, "but here we are."
Similarly, Miller notes, Davis voted against impeaching Trump but described January 6 as "one of the worst days this great country has ever seen."
"Both Armstrong and Davis will now have the opportunity to live up to their rhetoric," Miller stresses. "When the committee starts holding hearings later this month, will they tell 'hard truths' to their people?"
Miller adds, "Since the slow-motion clownish coup commenced, we have seen a small smattering of Republicans — such as Liz Cheney, whom Pelosi put on the committee — step up and do the right thing. For Armstrong and Davis, this will be their opportunity. They will be the members to watch. But since Donald's Kevin appointed them, I'm not holding my breath."
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