Scalise Sends Letter to GOP Urging Them to Vote Against Jan 6th Commission
Republican House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) has sent a letter to his Republican colleagues in Congress threatening to whip a vote against the creation of a bipartisan National Commission to Investigate the January 6th Attack. In this latest attempt to rewrite the events of that day (something Democrats are already making sure won’t happen), Scalise’s letter suggests that since other agencies are already looking into the events of the attack on the Capitol, there’s no need for the body that was the intended target to do the same.
The Republicans have been working hard to gaslight the American people into believing a narrative other than what was globally witnessed live via the internet and TV, unintentionally creating a sharper arrow that points to their own involvement in the events of January 6th. Earlier on Tuesday, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Q-GA) spoke in defense of the insurrectionists, saying those who breached the Capitol that day are now being harassed.
The late decision to guide members on how they should vote when the bill comes up Wednesday follows a statement from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Q-CA) saying he would not support the legislation. The GOP had been pushing for the commission to investigate political protests over the summer as well as a shooting at a Republican baseball practice nearly four years ago in addition to the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol. Scalise was shot at that baseball game and nearly died at the scene, but was saved by a Black female Capitol police officer.
House GOP Whip Scalise announces Republicans WILL whip GOP Members to vote AGAINST the creation of a bipartisan National Commission to Investigate the January 6th Attack
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Seeing as House Democrats are seeking censure against several of their colleagues across the aisle over their continued campaign to recreate the events of January 6th as a “peaceful protests with a couple of bad apples”, Scalise’s letter offers no real explanations, but instead shifts blame to his Democratic counterparts and gets mired in the usual Republican tactic of semantics over substance.
The legislation being rejected by Republican leadership was negotiated by House Homeland Security Committee ranking member John Katko (R-NY) and largely mirrors a proposal he and other top House GOP committee leaders authored in January that made no mention of probing other political violence.
Steve Scalise allegedly told a reporter once that he was "like David Duke without the baggage."
David Duke is a neo-Nazi and former KKK leader.
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Scalise also shifted the blame to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was a target of the insurrectionists. “While Ranking Member Katko negotiated in earnest to improve upon previous proposals, Speaker Pelosi delayed for months and prevented the inclusion of a wider investigatory scope, proving her main concern is politics over solutions,” Scalise wrote.
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