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WATCH: “The C In RNC Is For Cult” House Democratic Chair Responds To “Legitimate Political Discourse” Claim

WATCH: “The C In RNC Is For Cult” House Democratic Chair Responds To “Legitimate Political Discourse” Claim

Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) is not mincing words when it comes to the Republican National Committee’s defense of the January 6th attack. He’s calling the RNC a cult, saying there’s no other explanation for their rhetoric.

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In a statement of censure for GOP Representatives Liz Cheney (WY) and Adam Kinzinger (IL), the Republican National Committee criticized the pair for joining the January 6th Committee, asserting that there was persecution taking place of individuals just engaging in “legitimate political discourse.” As the Washington Post describes, they’ve been trying to walk it back ever since, insisting that they didn’t mean to include the violent rioters in that description — though it’s not clear that the January 6th Committee has been pursuing anyone who wasn’t connected to the violence.

Here’s Rep. Jeffries’ response:

The C in RNC doesn’t stand for committee, it stands for cult. It’s not the Republican National Committee, It’s the Republican National Cult. That its the only way you can explain how the Grand Old Party would come to the conclusion that people who engaged in rampant mob violence, urinated, defecated, desecrated the Capitol, brutally beat up police officers, seriously injured more than 140. Police officers lost their lives as a result of the events of January 6th and the cult says its legitimate discourse? They’ve come to that conclusion because they’ve continued to bend the knee to the twice-impeached so-called president, Donald Trump.

Even House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has criticized the censure resolution, affirming that the attack was mob violence and asserting that the RNC should not be in the business of punishing members whose views deviate from the majority.

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