While some on the right continue to downplay the January 6th insurrection attempt, Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) says that it must be taken seriously, and can never be allowed to happen again.
Speaking on NBC‘s Meet The Press Senator Blunt was asked his views on the insurrection. In the clip below, he’s allowed to hear the opinions of two other Republicans. First, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) says that he didn’t fear the insurrectionists and that he knew they would never break a law. Then former President George W. Bush says he was sickened to see it take place, and called the attackers “hostile forces.”
“Well, I’m much more in agreement with the George W. Bush view of this,” Blunt responds.
WATCH: Sen. @RoyBlunt responds to Sen. Ron Johnson and former Pres. George W. Bush’s comments about the capitol rioters, says he is “more in agreement with George W. Bush.”
“We don’t need to try and explain away or come up with alternative versions. We all saw what happened.” pic.twitter.com/ThAi2H8r5i
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) March 21, 2021
“I think it was a terrible day for America, it was unacceptable, and we can’t let that kind of thing be repeated again in our country.”
He went on to add that we can’t try to “explain away” or create “alternative versions” of that day.
Many Trump allies have tried to push a narrative that it was not his supporters that attacked the Capitol, but perhaps antifa or other anti-Trump forces, or have tried to recast the attack as merely a First Amendment display.
However, pressed on the notion of an investigation into the cause of the insurrection attempt, Blunt said that any commission formed for further review of the events of January 6th should focus on security failures, rather than the motivating forces behind the attack.
Blunt’s full interview with NBC is here.
Regardless of Congressional action, the Washington Post reports that the Justice Department is calling their investigation “one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of the evidence.” Hundreds are expected to be charged.
Several of these defendants have already publically named Donald Trump as the motivation driving their decision to attack, citing his invitation to come to D.C. and “be wild” and his speech calling for them to “fight harder” to prevent certification of the election results.
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