The Republican Party endorsed the capture of the Capitol in defense of Donald Trump

The Republican Party endorsed this friday a motion of censure against two of its legislators for being part of the House of Representatives that investigates the assault on the Capitol. The measure is part of the escalation of the campaign to expel dissidents considered disloyal to former President Donald Trump.

Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzingerthe only Republicans on the House committee investigating Trump’s role in the January 6, 2021 riot, they are considered adversaries of the tycoonwho maintains an iron grip on the party despite his (unknown) defeat in the 2020 elections.

The 168 members of the party’s national committee, meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, approved a formal censorship
accusing the two lawmakers of behavior “destructive of the United States House of Representatives, the Republican Party, and the republic.”

Hardline Trump loyalists have been pushing for months to get Cheney and Kinzinger oustedparticularly as the investigation into the Capitol seizure has drawn closer to the former president’s inner circle.

On January 6, 2021, a mob incited by Trump himself, gathered in front of the Legislative headquarters, while both houses of Congress certified Biden’s victory in the November 2020 elections. Trump sowed a blanket of doubts about some fair elections and did not admit defeat. Protesters entered the Capitol. The clashes with the police left five dead and Trump faced a second political trial (the first had been for the Russian plot), from which he was acquitted by Republican support days after leaving the presidency.

“legitimate political speech”

The censorship was approved by an overwhelming majority, video of the meeting captured by the local newspaper showed. The Hill. The party officially declared the assault on the Capitol and the events that triggered it as part of “legitimate political speech”despite having put American democracy itself in check in an unprecedented event. The resolution was not read out and took only a minute to pass..

Kinzinger will withdraw from Congress after next November’s midterm elections, while Cheney is in danger of losing his seat in Wyoming.

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With this move, Republicans aim to hit President Joe Bidenweakened by the stagnation of his projects in Congress, unexpected inflation and the increase in coronavirus cases.


Cheney (daughter of Dick, the former vice president during the George W. Bush administrations) responded by redoubling his criticism of Trump.

“The leaders of the Republican Party have become willing hostages to a man who admits he tried to overturn a presidential election.

and suggests that he would pardon the January 6 defendants, some of whom have been charged with seditious conspiracy,” he said in a statement.

Mitt Rommey, who was a 2012 Republican presidential candidate and whose niece, Ronna McDaniel, heads the party’s National Committee, voiced his adamant dissent from the measure.“Shame falls on a party that would censor people of conscience, who seek the truth head-on. Honor goes to Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for seeking the truth.”even when doing so comes at great personal cost,” he tweeted.

For his part, the director of Rapid Response of the Democratic National Committee, Ammar Moussa, accused Republicans of resorting to any method “to protect Donald Trump and his chaos”. The Democratic leader estimated that “they have no vision or agenda and are completely subordinate to Trump, even if that means undermining our democracy and inciting more violence.”

Two days ago, the Capitol Assault Committee accused Trump of manipulating witnesses and those convicted of the act by promising to pardon them if he wins the next election presidentialin 2024.

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