'McConnell is done': GOP leader leaves far-right in a frenzy after condemning RNC censure of Cheney and Kinzinger
House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is facing criticism from far-right Republicans over his condemnation of the Republican National Committee's (RNC) move to censure Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.).
During his press conference on Tuesday, February 8, McConnell weighed in on the RNC's decision. On Friday of last week, the committee voted in favor of censoring the two Republican lawmakers simply for serving on the House Select Committee investigating the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.
“The issue is whether or not the RNC should be sort of singling out members of our party who may have different views from the majority. That’s not the job of the RNC,” McConnell said, adding, "Traditionally the view of the national party committee is, we support all members of our party, regardless of their positions on some issues."
Breaking with Republican lawmakers, McConnell also described Jan. 6 as it was: a “violent insurrection.”
“We all were here. We saw what happened," McConnell admitted. "It was a violent insurrection for the purpose of trying to prevent the peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election, from one administration to the next. That’s what it was."
Although the top-ranking Republican lawmaker is being praised for acknowledging the truth, conservatives are not pleased with his remarks. Many social media users from both sides of the political aisle have taken to Twitter to express their disapproval.
Attention Republicans: You are hurting President Trump everyday by leaving Mitch McConnell in a leadership position.— TheLeoTerrell (@TheLeoTerrell) 1644365361
Mitch McConnell calls January 6th a "violent insurrection\u201d but voted against the commission investigating the attack. Don\u2019t trust him.— Avenger Resister (@Avenger Resister) 1644368181
McConnell is nothing if not calculating. One year, one month & 2 days after 1/6, he decided survival depends on ending the denial of reality. \u201cIt was a violent insurrection for the purpose of trying to prevent a peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election.\u201d— Steven Beschloss (@Steven Beschloss) 1644386912
Apparently, Mitch McConnell and some other GOP members don\u2019t want to be linked with this anymore. Oh, well. Too late!!!\n\nThe January 6 committee has the goods\u2014and they know it.pic.twitter.com/deQYgCJL2D— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch.com) 1644357242
PSA: There are no circumstances under which you have to give credit to Mitch McConnell— connectpoliticditto. (@connectpoliticditto.) 1644353024
Moscow Mitch McConnell admitting the truth that January 6 was in fact a violent insurrection as opposed to a legitimate political discourse means he is covering his own ass because he sees the writing on the wall. This is getting delicious.— Ricky Davila (@Ricky Davila) 1644373993
A number of other Republican lawmakers also echoed McConnell's sentiments. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) admitted that she believes the censure was “absolutely wrong,” and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) also weighed in saying the suggestion “that a violent attack on the seat of democracy is legitimate political discourse is so far from accurate as to shock and to make people wonder what we’re thinking.”
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