MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd on Thursday blasted House Republicans for their Orwellian gaslighting surrounding the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol that was led by former President Donald Trump.
No fewer than four GOP lawmakers in the past 24 hours have attempted to re-write history – poorly – and Todd read them for it.
“In what can only be called an attempt to gaslight the American public, these Republicans claim that Trump supporters were the real victims on that day – that no, there was not an insurrection, don’t believe your lying eyes – and that the rioters were just normal tourists,” Todd said. “We’re not making this up. Listen to what these members said.”
First, on Wednesday, Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) said that “the DOJ is harassing – is harassing peaceful patriots across the country. Without accurate answers, conspiracies continue to form,” referring to the violent seditionists who attacked the Capitol.
Not long after that, Representative Ralph Norman (R-SC) demanded to see polling proving that the mob of domestic terrorists were mostly Trump supporters. Given the amount of video documentation from January 6th, Norman is in denial and projecting it onto his constituents.
Georgia Republican Jody Hice, meanwhile, tried and failed to flip the narrative on its head.
“It was Trump supporters who lost their lives that day, not Trump supporters who were taking the lives of others,” he said. Four Trump supporters were killed by Capitol Police – that is true – because they were among a crowd of angry protesters who wanted to assassinate then-Vice President Mike Pence, his family, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). The sacred Second Amendment self-defense argument applies if we uphold the Republican standard.
But the remarks that jettisoned out of freshman GOP House member Andrew Clyde – another troubled Georgia peach – win the gaslight of the day award.
Clyde insisted that there was no insurrection at all. The events on January 6th, he said, were no different than any other day.
“Let me be clear. There was no insurrection and to call it an insurrection in my opinion is a bald-faced lie,” said Clyde. “You know, if you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from January the 6th, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit.”
Capitol Hill correspondent Leigh Ann Caldwell noted at the end of the segment that “tensions are at an all-time high and morale is at an all-time low,” particularly in the House of Representatives, which saw an influx of right-wing extremists elected to cause trouble in 2020.
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