If you’re ever going to encourage your farthest-right friends and acquaintances to watch Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson — or at least, the commercials — Thursday might just be the day. It’s the anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol Building, and while right-wing talk and opinion shows will surely address the day and its meanings from one point of view, a new ad running in the breaks will remind viewers of what Republicans said a year ago — and it doesn’t match up with what they’ve said since.
The Republican Accountability Project shared the ad in advance on Twitter, announcing that it will run on January 6th on Fox during three major commentary/opinion shows: Fox & Friends, The Sean Hannity Show, and Tucker Carlson Tonight. Viewers tuning in for conservative and pro-Trump viewpoints will be treated to a reminder that, immediately after the attack failed to overturn the election in Trump’s favor, prominent Republicans spoke out to condemn him and acknowledge his role in it — but they’re not saying those things now.
Running on January 6 on Fox and Friends, Tucker Carlson Tonight, and Hannity. pic.twitter.com/Ll3ViFTjAq
— The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) January 5, 2022
Over the course of the year, Republicans have fought hard to downplay the attack, justify it (with Trump actually claiming that it was a protest in response to the election he still claims was stolen), and shift blame, including spinning massive conspiracy theories about the FBI, Democrats, and even ‘antifa’ staging the attack to make Trump look bad.
As for the Republicans seen in the video above, here are just a few examples of how their tunes have changes.
Kevin McCarthy has actually threatened to go after phone companies if they turn over records that might implicate GOP lawmakers in the planning of the attack.
Mitch McConnell hasn’t exactly made up with Trump, but he’s tried to pull a false equivalency, claiming that Democrats’ concerns about the Post Office are a ‘Big Lie’ equal to the one that brought an angry mob to D.C.
Ted Cruz was, only months after the attack, bragging about his role in the election disinformation effort of rejecting electoral votes.
Lindsey Graham expects Trump to be the 2024 GOP nominee, to handle ‘unfinished business.’
As for Mike Gallagher, he’s one of several who joined a letter asking Republicans to stop trying to overturn 2020 — because they fear it will stand in Trump’s way for a 2024 run.
The Republican Accountability Project is asking them (and their constituents) what happened to that aftermath energy, when they spoke out?
“They told the truth then. Why won’t they now?”
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