McCarthy and Mc Connel are no intellectual giants. Is it stupidity or political blindness to make public statements on videotape that completely contradict past reports in the public record? Each man has criticized Trump’s bullying behaviors, crass personal attacks on people, and racially inappropriate remarks. However, despite countless criminal and civil investigations underway against him, Trump remains their holy leader and man, in their view, deserving of the presidency. Behind the scenes, most officials who kiss Trump’s ass in public can’t stand him yet will defend him to support his base. Republican leadership by these two sycophants has become weak, corrupt, and an embarrassment to the GOP.
On January 12th, Kevin McCarthy said, “the president bears responsibility for the Wednesday attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.”
Since that statement, McCarthy has defended Trump on the insurrection with weak arguments like, “he didn’t know it was going on until I called him” and “he said he would put something out to stop it.” He also refuses to comment on the call he made to Trump during the insurrection where he begged Trump to immediately called off the rioters, and Trump said, ” Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you. Are.”
McCarthy is not working for his constituents; he is in service to Trump, the person he believes he needs to win the 2022 mid-term elections. He is downplaying the insurrection, protecting House members who are spreading ” the big lie,” and aligning with the cult of Trump and authoritarianism. He supported the removal of Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership role because she is speaking out against Trump’s “big election lie” and is taking the leadership role to subdue House conspiracy theory Representatives in defiance of McCarthy.
On Jan.22nd, Mitch McConnell said, “The mob was fed lies. The president and other powerful people provoked them.” After Trump was voted not to be removed from office after his 2nd impeachment trial, Connell declared, “Trump was morally and practically responsible for the events of the day.” He also said Trump’s behavior was a “dereliction of his duty.”
However, as time has passed and the “big lie” became the litmus test for loyalty to Trump and the Republicans corrupt pursuit of power, Mitch has gone limp again, cowering from admitting the election lie is nothing more than an attempt to bolster the weak ego of a fallen, failed president and presidency. McConnell’s lack of character and lack of allegiance to the Constitution was apparent when despite declaring Trump responsible for inciting the insurrection, he arrogantly boasted; he would ” absolutely” vote for Trump for president again. How is that not the definition of a partisan traitor of the Constitution?
Today both McCarthy and Mc Connell came out against voting for an independent investigation of the January 6 insurrection. In an anonymous statement released today, Capitol police have come out with a statement expressing “profound disappointment” in the GOP leaders for opposing the January 6th Commission. Law enforcement has been abandoned by the GOP, who are more interested in keeping loyal to Trump, promoting his “big lie,” supporting Q’anon members of Congress, and kissing up to big-money donors.
The vote for the Jan. 6th commission passed the House with 35 Republicans defying McCarthy’s call to vote against it. The Republican opposition to finding out the facts about how the Capitol could be attacked may help Democrats in the 2022 mid-terms. The resistance to a commission gives the appearance of a cover-up. McCarthy seems afraid of testifying about his call to Trump during the insurrection, which revealed Trump was more pleased with the mob’s attack on the Capitol than concerned.