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Although most congressional Republicans are fighting hard to kill a proposal for a bipartisan commission to study the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6, a prominent conservative columnist wants the events of that day “burned into the American mind as firmly as 9/11.”
Democrats are pushing to approve the formation of a bipartisan commission in the style of the one that investigated the events of the September 11, 2001, attacks.
Over the objections of Republican leadership and those of Donald Trump, the House last week approved such a commission — with 35 Republicans voting with the Democrats.
However, it faces a tougher road in the Senate, where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) is certain to filibuster the measure. McConnell is trying to argue that a commission is unnecessary because there are other investigations of the insurrection ongoing.
It’s actually more true that Republicans are worried that a long-term probe of the insurrection will reflect badly on their party and cost them in next year’s midterm elections.
January 6 is the day thousands of Trump’s supporters engaged in armed insurrection in an attempt to overturn the lawful and legitimate election of Joe Biden as the next US president.
Hundreds of the insurrectionists have been arrested and charged for their roles in that day’s horrors.
The Republican Party remains in thrall to Trump, according to conservative columnist George Will.
“We have something new in American history; that is a political party defined by the terror it feels for its own voters. That’s the Republican Party right now. Every elected official is frightened of his voters, therefore doesn’t respect his voters, doesn’t like his voters, and is afraid that a vote for this will be seen as an insult to the 45th president,” Will said. “McConnell has a point: There are going to be lots of investigations. Journalists are going to go through this. There are 450-something criminal charges now being brought, with 100 more probably to come. So there are going to be lots of information about this.
“I would like to see January 6th as burned into the American mind as firmly as 9/11, because it was that scale of — of shock to the system,” he added. “And I think there will be a commission, but it is controversial for that reason.”
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