Democratic Congressman Calls For Censure of GOP Reps Who Downplayed Insurrection

“Peaceful patriots” on a “normal tourist visit.” That’s how several Republican lawmakers on Wednesday described the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that resulted in five deaths and more than 140 police officers being injured. One lost an eye. Another lost several fingers as a result of their brutal clash with the Trump-incited mob that marauded through the Capitol building that day.

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On Friday, Democratic Rep. David Cicilline wrote to colleagues asking them to support his effort to censure GOP Reps. Andrew S. Clyde (Ga.), Jody Hice (Ga.) and Paul Gosar (Ariz.) for their dishonest efforts to downplay the severity and brutality of the Capitol riot.

“These members cannot be allowed to rewrite history at their convenience by disrespecting the sacrifices made by Capitol police officers and downplaying the violent, destructive intent that the rioters carried into this sacred building,” Cicilline said.

Cicilline, who served as a House impeachment manager in the Senate trial of former president Donald Trump over charges that he incited the Jan. 6 mob, said in the letter urging colleagues to co-sponsor the censure resolution saying that the men had legitimized the attacks. He called their comments a “conscious and harmful decision calling into question their dedication to their role as representatives.”

The Rhode Island Democrat’s action is another voice in the chorus of those fighting against Republicans’ efforts to turn the reality of the insurrection into yet another GOP “big lie” by asking the public to dismiss the video and photos it’s seen of the hand-to-hand combat that day as nothing more than peaceful protestors seeking to protect democracy.

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