Commentary: Mother of Brian Sicknick and Injured Officers Are Lobbying GOP Senators to Investigate 1/6. Pathetically, Their Pleas Are Likely to Be Ignored
For the last few decades, Republicans have referred to themselves at the “law and order” party. Most GOP lawmakers wear their support for police officers on their sleeves. Those same lawmakers, though, have not been very supportive of an investigation into an insurrection that left 140 police officers injured.
In fact, the gaslighting of the events of that day have begun in earnest. Rep. Andrew Clyde said, “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.”
Despite the words of people like Clyde, a bill to investigate the events passed through congress. It will need 60 votes to pass through the senate. Mitch McConnell, the senate minority leader is aggressively opposing the legislation. He said on the senate floor, “It’s not at all clear what new facts or additional investigation yet another commission could actually lay on top of existing efforts by law enforcement and Congress.”
In an effort to change GOP minds, the mother of Brian Sicknick and other capitol police officers are meeting with lawmakers. Only 13 Republican senators are even willing to meet with the officers and their family members, a pathetic number.
Others, like McConnell, Rick Scott and Ben Sasse offered to have their aides meet with the delegation. Again, a slap in the face from the party of law and order.
At the end of the day, an investigation into the lead-up to the insurrection will paint Republicans in a very bad light and hurt them electorally. And if they have to step over the heroic officers to win a senate seat or two, McConnell has no problem doing so.