On this Sunday morning truth got a twofer. It’s rare that honesty ever creeps into a story on Fox News. and it’s even more rare when the truth-teller is a Republican member of Congress. However, that political oddity occurred when the subject of the January 6th MAGA riots in Washington, D.C. came up during this week’s Fox News Sunday.
Chris Wallace interviewed Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who has been a frequent critic of his party confederates for sucking up to Donald Trump and promulgating the “Big Lie” that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from him. Kinzinger unleashed a flurry of honesty that is not often seen in Republicans, and almost never on Fox News (video below):
“The American people deserve the truth, and my party to this point has said things like it was hugs and kisses. It was Antifa and BLM. It was anything but what it was, which was a Trump-inspired insurrection on the Capitol. And I think now what’s gonna happen if this thing fails is that Nancy Pelosi will run a Select Committee and this could go all the way until 2024.”
That commentary is poles apart from anything that most of the GOP StormTrumpers are saying. McCarthy himself has tread on the surreal by insisting that “I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election.” Somebody should introduce McCarthy to the former reality TV game show host who is pathologically obsessed with it.
During the segment the subject of the Democratic initiative to impanel an independent, bipartisan committee came up. The purpose of the committee would be to investigate the circumstances that led to the January 6th riots. Wallace asked Kinzinger whether the objections to the committee by House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, were a conflict of interest since he was likely to be called as a witness. Kinzinger replied…
“I wouldn’t say it’s a conflict of interest because Kevin is the leader. There is probably a lot of people that are gonna be subject to be called in front of any investigation on this. Even criminal investigations.
But I do think Kevin has failed to tell the truth to the Republicans and to the American people. […] The 74 million voters who voted for Donald Trump, a number of them believe that the election was stolen, believe it because their leaders have not told them otherwise. The people they trust have either been silent or not told them the truth.”
Kinzinger added that McCarthy’s positions have been strikingly hypocritical. He pointed out that McCarthy originally criticized Trump for failing to call off his insurrectionists. On the House floor McCarthy said that “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.” But instead, Trump told the rioters that he loved them. And shortly thereafter McCarthy made the pilgrimage to Mar-a-Lago to kiss Dear Leader’s… let’s just say ring.
Now McCarthy refuses to even answer questions about whether his caucus members were in communication with the rioters during the assault. That’s how most of the GOP has fallen in line behind Trump. Which makes Kinzinger’s contrary position all the more courageous.
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