Barely Speaker Kevin McCarthy learned a new word this week: “transparency.” That’s his only justification for allowing just one outlet, and one bullshit purveyor on that one network, access to all the footage of Jan. 6. Now he’s learning something else: a lesson in consequences.
He and his team are desperately trying to “move on” from the debacle of letting Tucker Carlson attempt to rewrite the history of the bloody insurrection. Gone are the feces-smearing, cop-assaulting vandals who swarmed the Capitol like an army of orcs, smashing windows and doors and injuring 140 law enforcement personnel. In are “orderly and meek […] sightseers.”
What’s the big deal with that? Ask McCarthy and team. “It seems like some in the press want to talk about Jan 6 every day. So do Democrats. They only want to talk about certain parts of it, though,” House Majority Leader Steve Scalise snapped at reporters focused on the Fox News footage. That would be the aforementioned swarming of the Capitol, violently assaulting cops, screaming for Vice President Mike Pence to be hung, and vandalism. You know, the defecating in the People’s House and smearing it around on the People’s Historical Artifacts.
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Rep. Don Bacon, who loves to present himself as a voice of moderation and reason among the House GOP, just the kind of guy who might break with the party on deeply held principle but somehow never manages to do it, agrees with Scalise. It’s just “more of a media thing,” than a concerted campaign to use Fox News and Carlson to distort and rewrite history. “In the end, everybody should get access,” Bacon added, “but literally, I don’t hear anybody back home talking about it.” Sure, Don.
They sure have a strange approach to putting all this behind them: “Republicans in the House are beginning to plot multiple probes into the 2021 Capitol attack, including looking into the Democratic-led select committee’s actions from the last Congress, the security failures from that day and potentially even the treatment of January 6 defendants, multiple sources familiar with the work tell CNN.”
That will include McCarthy’s very special friend, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, and House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer taking a field trip to jail to provide aid and comfort to the Jan. 6 defendants who are detained because of that violent stuff.
Also there will be a new probe into Jan. 6, CNN has learned, to be led by Rep. Barry Loudermilk, who is gearing up to blame former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Capitol Police for Jan. 6. “I’m spending some time over there getting my hands wrapped around what we have. We’re going to be looking at what happened in the Capitol. What happened leading up to it? How did we have such a security failure,” he told CNN. “The January 6 committee, they didn’t take that approach. That should have been something that they looked it. I think they looked more on the political side of it.”
Yes, the political side of a defeated president trying to overturn an election by siccing a violent mob on the elected representatives of the United States. So political.
Seems like this is a really self-defeating way to “move on.”