The Republican party is struggling to deal with the legacy of January 6, as its Senate leadership and the RNC are fighting over a resolution released earlier last Friday. The resolution censured Representatives Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney over their support for their January 6th Commission and referred to the January 6th attack as a form of “legitimate political discourse.” Though the RNC chair Ronna McDaniel has tried to make it seem as though they were referring to the peaceful members of the protest, they made no such statement in the resolution they published.
In response, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell argued that January 6 was a “violent insurrection” and that the RNC was mistaken to censure the two representatives. Senator Ted Cruz broke with leadership and argued that Republicans were mistaken to call it an insurrection.
In his interview with CNN, Cruz went so far as to call the terminology “Democratic propaganda.” Even after the attack, Cruz had previously called the attack an act of terrorism.
The fact that there is a fight over whether or not the attack on the capitol constitutes an act of violence that should be condemned in and of itself. It is an example of GOP fascism and shows how far the Republicans are willing to go. They are willing to censure their own to achieve a rewrite of history no matter the consequences to public discourse or the stability of the United States.
Chances are McConnell is going to lose this fight, and the GOP’s voters will accept the idea that they have to protect these violent and fascistic elements of our political system because they are conservative. It just goes to show that Grand Old Party is nothing but a skeleton of its values.