(PresidentialInsider.com)- Mitch McConnell is not happy with the way the Republican National Committee has handled two of its own recently.
The minority leader in the Senate recently said the RNC was wrong to censure House Republicans Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for participating in the House’s panel that is investigating the attacks on the U.S. Capitol building from January 6, 2021.
McConnell not only criticized the fact that the RNC censured these to members of the GOP, but also the manner in which the censure resolution described the riot.
In making remarks Tuesday about the situation, McConnell said:
“The issue is whether or not the RNC should be sort of singling out members of our party who may have different views from the majority. That’s not the job of the RNC.”
In the censure resolution, the RNC says it will “immediately cease any and all support” of both Kinzinger and Cheney as members of the GOP.
Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the RNC, said in a separate statement that was attached to the resolution that both representatives “crossed a line” by serving as members of the House’s January 6 investigating committee. She wrote:
“They chose to join Nancy Pelosi in a Democrat-led persecution of ordinary citizens who engaged in legitimate political discourse that had nothing to do with violence at the Capitol.”
That now-infamous phrase — “legitimate political discourse — has McConnell and many others fuming. The minority leader made his thoughts known on the situation this week when he said:
“We all were here. We saw what happened. 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.”
Kinzinger’s censure won’t affect him much, since he has already announced that he would not be seeking re-election in this year’s midterms. However, it’s a much more complicated situation for Cheney, who was already removed by the GOP from her leadership role in the House.
Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has faced consistent attacks from former President Donald Trump — and she’s forged attacks of her own against the former president and his allies.
Cheney is running for re-election in Wyoming, but Trump has already endorsed one of her challenges in the GOP primary.
The censure resolution passed through the RNC with overwhelming support, though not all Republicans in Washington are completely behind it. Derdre Walsh, a congressional reporter for NPR, recently told Morning Edition:
“A lot of rank-and-file Republicans I talked to on the Hill said they were fine with the censure but didn’t want to get into the details about how the resolution characterized the attack.”
In other words, they weren’t against the actual censure of Kinzinger and Cheney for their actions, but they couldn’t support the RNC saying the events of January 6, 2021, were “legitimate political discourse.”