In a blatant attempt to gaslight voters, several Republican lawmakers have come out in recent days to say that the insurrection never really happened, or that it was justified. Congressman Andrew Clyde (R-GA) said that calling what happened on that day an insurrection is “a bold-faced lie” and that “watching the TV footage of those who entered the Capitol and walked through Statuary Hall, showed people in an orderly fashion in between the stanchions and ropes taking pictures. If you didn’t know the footage was from January 6, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit.”
Photos from Statuary Hall & the Rotunda on the night of January 6th after these brave Americans fought to defend the Capitol. What happened that day must never happen again. I urge the Senate to pass the bipartisan 1/6 commission bill. Some things must be above politics. pic.twitter.com/CNSkXAfOqo
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 20, 2021
Republicans are so determined to sweep the violence perpetrated by their Dear Leader’s summoned mob that they have refused to honor the Capitol Police officers who defended their lives, vocally opposed efforts to create a bipartisan investigation committee, and called people who tried to harm elected representatives “patriots.” They also kicked Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), one of the most conservative politicians in the party, out of her leadership role.
Cheney reminded her colleagues, not to mention all the voters on Twitter, what really happened that day. It was not a “normal tourist visit.” The halls of our Capitol Building were trashed, statues broken, and members of the military had to protect the building from more violence. Vice President Mike Pence had to be rushed out of the building after the president who tapped him for the position then blamed him for not overturning the democratic election because people were erecting a gallows pole on the steps of the building and chanting “hang Mike Pence!” It was not a normal tourist visit, it was insurrection. That’s the truth.
Twitter thanked Cheney for standing up, although some are still reminded how often Cheney stood with Trump on policy support and stayed silent during all of Trump’s other harms to the country. Read some of their responses below: