Over the weekend, as the RNC censured Liz Cheney and Adam Kizinger, it called the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol "ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse.” Dr. Bob Lorinser – candidate for US Congress – condemns the censure, the positive review of the violence, and Rep. Jack Bergman's complacent silence.
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WASHINGTON, DC. – "Ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse." Nope. Not one bit. The recent decision of the Republican National Committee (RNC) to censure their members, Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, for investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection is a sign the party has lost its way.
"If the price of telling the truth to get to the bottom of what happened on Jan. 6, and make sure that those who are responsible are held accountable is a censure, then I am absolutely going to continue to stand up for what I knew was right," Cheney told CNN this week. "I think that it is a sad day for the party of Lincoln that that's where we are."
"I think that it is a sad day for the party of Lincoln." – Liz Cheney
I expect our political leaders to support their efforts to decipher the truth and disseminate justice. It's the American way.
Now, a year later, the RNC is referring to the rioters in January 2021 as "ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse," and Donald Trump is back to referring to them as true patriots. Wrong. Dishonest. Shameful
Our condemnation of Jan. 6 should not fall down partisan lines. The January 6 capitol insurrection threatened our Republic and nearly brought us to a constitutional crisis. This is about right vs. wrong. This is about Democracy and truth vs. violence and lies. Courageous Republicans are finally coming to terms with the reality that many colleagues have lost their way.
Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele described this move by the RNC as a "pathetic act of cowardice taken by its current leadership… You are wrong… I stand with Liz and Adam."
Our Representative Jack Bergman remains silent. He voted against certifying the election. He signed a brief challenging results in several states. He struggles to answer simple questions about the legitimacy of our President, and now he remains silent on this issue.
His silence speaks volumes.
We should not remain silent when facing injustice. We should not remain silent when witnessing threats to our Democracy and our Constitution. We have a duty to speak up.
I support our Republic, our democracy, our freedoms, and our constitution. Our current Representative does not. All of us patriots in Michigan's First District deserve better.
I implore Mr. Bergman to have the courage and stand up for what was right.
While I might not align politically with Kinzinger or Cheney, their willingness to be on the investigative committee for Jan. 6 is critically important. In the face of being ousted by their party, they have remained dedicated to the work.
I support Cheney and Kinzinger's endeavor, not because it fits my party’s objectives, but because investigating and prosecuting the violence that took place on Jan. 6 is the right thing to do. My opponent should also stand up for truth and justice. Anything else is unAmerican.
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