Republicans public officials aren’t showing up to 1/6 events because they support the insurrection and the candidate who mobilized it and is still defending it as a good thing as well as Nancy Pelosi’s false flag:
Top Republicans were nowhere to be found at the Capitol on Thursday as President Biden and members of Congress commemorated the deadliest attack on the building in centuries, reflecting the party’s reluctance to acknowledge the Jan. 6 riot or confront its own role in stoking it.
No Republican leader had announced plans to participate in any of the events at the Capitol to mark the attack that unfolded after throngs of supporters of former President Donald J. Trump stormed the building, nor have they said they would hold their own remembrances.
Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the minority leader, was scheduled to be in Atlanta attending the funeral of former Senator Johnny Isakson, a Georgia Republican, along with many of the party’s senators.
The reasons for this are very obvious:
“A year ago today, the Senate did not bend or break. We stuck together, stood strong, gaveled back in, and did our job,” McConnell continues. “Senators should not be trying to exploit this anniversary to damage the Senate in a different way from within.” The Wall Street Journal editorializes, “Jan. 6 was a riot, not an insurrection, and U.S. institutions held.” National Review condemns the dark day before pivoting to an equal condemnation of “January 6 opportunists on the left” who “want to respond by enacting centralizing changes to the American system.” Ben Shapiro dismisses the “riot which did not prevent the certification of the 2020 election” that is “now being exploited by the political class to dramatically revise republican institutions including federalism and the filibuster.” National Review’s Kyle Smith condensed the party line into its pithiest encapsulation: “The events of January 6 constituted a temporary crisis that was swiftly put down.”
This would be an accurate description of a world in which the following conditions held: After the insurrection was defeated, a chastened Donald Trump renounced his claim to the presidency or at least slunk away into quiet obscurity. The Republican Party shoved his loudest allies to the margins and elevated into power those Republicans who attacked his election lies. And the party institutionally recommitted itself to respecting the outcome of democratic elections win or lose.
This is the outcome that, in the immediate aftermath of January 6, party Establishmentarians like McConnell hoped and believed would pertain.
What happened instead is essentially the opposite of this.
Trump won the argument within the party over his efforts to nullify the election results. McConnell and his allies abandoned their plan to impeach Trump over January 6, then fell back on supporting a commission to investigate it, then abandoned that as well.
Some 70 percent of Republicans consider Trump the legitimate winner of the 2020 election, a number so daunting Republicans no longer dare to question it. Trump routinely paints the insurrectionists as martyrs and denounces their prosecution as a witch hunt. He is the presumptive 2024 presidential nominee, and the leading alternative candidates have preemptively endorsed him. His critics have been stripped of their authority within the party and hunted to extinction.
Now the most fervent supporters of Trump’s effort to undo the election are taking over the party from the bottom up. As the Washington Post reports, “At least 163 Republicans who have embraced Trump’s false claims are running for statewide positions that would give them authority over the administration of elections.”
Don’t believe Mitch McConnell’s pro forma statements — believe his impeachment votes, his absence today, his support for Trump, and his opposition to any legislation that would make election theft more difficult. This is fully the party of 1/6 now.