Politico reports that David Cicilline (D-R.I.) has found a new way to put pressure on Republicans who are pushing the lie that what happened on Jan. 6 was no insurrection:
Progressive Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) is asking his colleagues to sign onto a resolution that calls for censuring members who claim the fateful day was “not an insurrection” and who are engaging in other efforts to undermine the “damage that was done,” according to a copy first obtained by POLITICO.
“In doing so, they recklessly disregarded the future harm they could cause by legitimizing a violent attack on our democratic institutions — a conscious and harmful decision calling into question their dedication to their role as Representatives,” Cicilline wrote in a resolution that he began circulating on Friday.
I fully expect Liz Cheney to sign on; she’ll lose all credibility if she doesn’t. Adam Kinzinger is a likely prospect. A few other Republicans have spoken out against their colleagues who claimed the rioters were just “tourists,” but others are silent as the latest Big Lie spreads, that there was never any insurrection.
For the Republican Congresscowards, this will force them to commit themselves on paper: Did they see what everybody else saw that day, live? Did they run in fear from “tourists” or did they all suddenly have bladder issues? (I realize the two questions are not necessarily exclusive.)
But there may be problems getting getting tuchis ofn tisch (laying out their cards; literally, their ass on the table).
The resolution may face headwinds getting a vote on the House floor.
“The commission is the place for that,” said a Democratic leadership source in response to news of Cicilline’s resolution, pointing to the 9/11-style bipartisan commission lawmakers are in the process of setting up to examine the assault.
The commission will take its time (it’s only now getting set up, and McCarthy is muttering he may be less than supportive). This resolution, even if it has to be reworded, will make people take a stand for the truth or the lie now, while truth still has time to put its boots on.
I’ve been Dan K for a long time here, but I went away while I was in the Peace Corps (Kenya) and then while I was working as a Foreign Service Officer. But that’s all behind me now.