Why did the Republican Party call the January 6 attack “legitimate political speech”? – Liberation News
Photo: Dummy gallows carried by participants in the January 6 attack
At last Friday’s Republican National Committee meeting in Salt Lake City, the Republican Party voted to censure two of its own House members – Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger – for serving on the committee investigating the attack. of January 6 against the Capitol. The RNC went so far as to say the violent assault which saw mobs swarm the capital seeking to kidnap or kill top politicians was “legitimate political speech”. Cheney and Kinzinger are the only Republicans on the committee investigating the events, which has become the target of outlandish attacks from the far right.
The censorship of Cheney and Kinzinger is a reflection of the extent of the rout suffered by the so-called moderate wing of the Republican Party. The Republican Party’s no-confidence resolution passed by voice vote instead of a formal vote, a sign that there was little serious opposition to the decision. Despite the personal mistrust, hesitation or even hatred that Republican politicians may have for Trump and his resolute pursuit of his own self-interests, they clearly believe that to be elected in 2022 they must express their personal loyalty to him and his reactionary program. Kinzinger has already announced his political retirement. Cheney, who is now adrift without any RNC campaign funding, faces a Trump-backed primary challenger.
In the aftermath of the January 6 uprising, Trump and the political movement he represents were in retreat. The Democratic Party missed the opportunity to put Trump behind bars. Instead of dealing a decisive blow to Trump by accusing him of seditious conspiracy, he had his Twitter account deleted and was impeached – then acquitted! – just days before he leaves office. This weak-willed approach allowed Trump to portray himself as a victim of establishment persecution. There was no accountability for the actors within the military hierarchy, intelligence agencies, or Capitol police who set the stage for the insurgency to take place.
All of these factors allowed Trump to stage a remarkable comeback. Since the Jan. 6 uprising, Trump has been largely rehabilitated within the Republican Party. The failure to indict Trump and his co-conspirators has fanned the flames of the far-right movement that follows him. Fearing Trump’s wrath, nearly all Republican politicians refused to participate in the House Select Committee convened to investigate on Jan. 6, denouncing it as a partisan witch hunt.
Beholden to diehard militarists, oil and gas capitalists, diehard racists, and anti-women and anti-LGBTQ bigots, the Republican Party has long been a thoroughly abhorrent organization. However, in order to maintain the “democratic” shell of capitalist class power, it had to conform to the framework of the country’s constitution. A peaceful transfer of power from one party to another provides the legitimacy and stability necessary for the capitalist class to continue to exercise its grip on society. The near-open embrace of the Jan. 6 insurgency by the Republican Party signals that the battle between the old-guard establishment and the far-right elements led by Trump tilts decidedly in favor of the latter.
It is also remarkable how much the attitude of the Republican Party towards the political discipline of its own members differs from that of the Democrats. While the Republican Party moved to effectively exile members who had strayed from the emerging far-right consensus, Democrats adamantly refused to discipline Senators Manchin and Sinema after they torpedoed legislation on Biden’s social agenda. .
Democrats and Republicans have proven unable to deal with the threat posed to the working class by Trumpism and the fascist forces it energizes. It is up to socialists and others committed to the struggle for the interests of the working class to take up the torch of struggle in the streets and become the loudest and most unwavering voices rallying a united struggle against the rising tide of far right.