Former President Donald Trump issued a warning to the 25 GOP House members who decided to cast their lot with Democrats and establish a commission designed to investigate the Capitol siege that happened on January 6 of this year, stating there might be “consequences” from voters who feel that lawmakers are “being ineffective and weak.”
“See, 35 wayward Republicans — they just can’t help themselves,” Trump published on his new website Thursday, which was only one day after the House voted 252-175 to make the commission. “We have much better policy and are much better for the Country, but the Democrats stick together, the Republicans don’t.”
He added that Democrats don’t have people like his critics Sens. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Ben Sasse, R-Neb., or like Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., but “unfortunately, we do. Sometimes there are consequences to being ineffective and weak. The voters understand!”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House GOP leadership had urged a “no vote” against the commission, but didn’t formally whip the members on the measure, reports The New York Post.
The Senate is expected to vote about the commission next week, but the measure will likely not attract the 60 votes it will need to achieve a majority vote. Earlier this week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell came out against the commission, saying Democrats handled the proposal in “partisan bad faith.”
Republicans reportedly are saying the commission should investigate additional political violence instances, such as last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests, but Cheney and others argued that the incidents at the Capitol merited an investigation of their own.
“Unless the murders, riots, and fire bombings in Portland, Minneapolis, Seattle, Chicago, and New York are also going to be studied, this discussion should be ended immediately,” the former president said. “Republicans must get much tougher and much smarter, and stop being used by the Radical Left. Hopefully, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy are listening!”
Here’s a list of the Republicans who voted in favor of this measure:
Along with Cheney and Katko, Republican lawmakers voting for the commission were: French Hill (Ark.), Steve Womack (Ark.) David Valadao (Calif.) Carlos Gimenez (Fla.), Maria Salazar (Fla.), Mike Simpson (Idaho), Rodney Davis (Ill.), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Trey Hollingsworth (Ind.), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (Iowa), Peter Meijer (Mich.), Fred Upton (Mich.), Michael Guest (Miss.), Jeff Fortenberry (Neb.), Don Bacon (Neb.), Chris Smith (N.J.), Andrew Garbarino (N.Y.), Tom Reed (N.Y.), Chris Jacobs (N.Y.), Dave Joyce (Ohio), Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), Stephanie Bice (Okla.), Cliff Bentz (Ore.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Tom Rice (S.C.), Dusty Johnson (S.D.), Van Taylor (Texas), Tony Gonzales (Texas), Blake Moore (Utah), John Curtis (Utah), Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.), Dan Newhouse (Wash.), David McKinley (W.Va.)
Trump is likely right on the money. Many Republicans are still supportive of Trump and will see this as an assault on themselves, which is also probably true.
What the left probably wants to do is find a way to use this commission to label Trump supporters as being racist white supremacists.