McConnell Denounces the RNC’s Decision to Censure GOP Lawmakers
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) criticized the Republican National Committee’s resolution to censure two GOP lawmakers, saying that it’s “not the job” of the RNC to single out Republicans who disagree with the party.
“Traditionally, the view of the national party committee is that we support all members of our party, regardless of their positions on some issues,” McConnell said during a news conference.
“The issue is whether or not the RNC should be singling out members of our party who may have different views from the majority. That’s not the job of the RNC.”
Last week, the RNC voted to censure Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) for serving on the Jan. 6 select committee. In the resolution, the RNC argued that Cheney and Kinzinger are “participating in a Democratic-led persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse.”
The verbiage used in the RNC’s resolution sparked backlash, both from Democrats and other members of the GOP.
“Shame falls on a party that would censure persons of conscience, who seek truth in the face of vitriol,” Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) tweeted on Friday.
McConnell also spoke out against the RNC’s categorization of Jan. 6, calling it “a violent insurrection.”
“It was a violent insurrection for the purpose of trying to prevent the peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election, from one administration to the next. That’s what it was,” McConnell said.
McConnell calls out Republican censure resolution: ‘That’s not the job of the RNC’