On Thursday, former deputy chief of staff to George W. Bush, Republican Karl Rove penned an op-ed about the Jan. 6 insurrection and the way the GOP is handling the aftermath on the first anniversary of the attack on the Capitol Building. When Karl Rove criticizes anyone for a lack of integrity and ethics, you’ve really done something wrong.
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What Rove asked in the op-ed was what many Democrats have asked before: what if the tables were turned? What if Democratic voters carrying Hillary Clinton flags had attacked the Capitol in 2016 claiming that Trump’s election was fraudulent? What if it hadn’t been largely white, American men who had stormed the Capitol and tried to thwart democracy? What if those had been liberals? Black people? Muslims?
No member of the GOP would have waved it away as a simple protest, or a tourist visit. They would have insisted that the world was falling apart and that every Democratic lawmaker deserved to be locked up.
In The Wall Street Journal, Rove wrote:
‘We Republicans have a heavier burden. I’ve been a Republican my entire life, and believe in what the Republican Party, at its best, has represented for decades. There can be no soft-pedaling what happened and no absolution for those who planned, encouraged and aided the attempt to overthrow our democracy. Love of country demands nothing less. That’s true patriotism.’
Yet, Republicans aren’t doing that and don’t appear to intend to at any time in the future. Instead, they continue to back the leader of the attack against the government of a country he was sworn to protect.
Twitter had a big reaction to the news about Rove’s op-ed, with most saying that Rove is no better than any of the rest of the GOP. Read some of their comments below: