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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, the virulent Trump-hating Republican from Wyoming, and her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, were the lone Republicans who turned out Thursday for Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s politically motivated speech marking the one year anniversary of January 6, 2021.
There was a time not so long ago when Dick Cheney was the most reviled Republican on Capitol Hill, a frequent target of some of the vilest attacks by both Democrats and the liberal media. Yet, in a sign of how thoroughly former President Donald Trump has flipped politics on its head in America, many of these same forces were heralding the 80-year-old Cheney for joining his daughter, who is sometimes referred to as a “Pelosi Republican,” after being handpicked by the speaker to be on the partisan January 6 select committee.
“My dad is deeply troubled about where our party is, deeply troubled about where the country is,” Rep. Cheney said at an event Wednesday, and Dick Cheney told reporters after Pelosi’s speech, “It’s not a leadership that resembles any of the folks I knew when I was here for 10 years.”
CNN anchor Dana Bash stressed how Cheney’s attendance with his daughter was so meaningful to Pelosi said afterwards, “We were very honored by his being here.” Pelosi even embraced the Cheneys after her remarks.
Bash practically gushed over the elder Cheney’s presence, saying he “made a point of being there as a symbol to stand with his daughter, but also stand with the rule of law and the Republican Party that he thinks —and he was certainly a controversial guy — but he believes in the basics of the constitution and obviously wanted to stand by his daughter.” according to Mediaite.
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— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) January 6, 2022
In his retirement, Cheney may not be in touch with Republican voters today, who have a different take on Jan. 6. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research showed that a majority of Republicans, 61%, do not recall the Jan. 6 protest being extremely or very violent, and that 58% agree Pelosi’s select committee investigation should not be continued.
Former GOP Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle to say Pelosi bears the most responsibility for events on Jan. 6 — while Democrats bemoan the assault on our democracy, none are bothering with the messy detail of how a ragtag bunch of protesters breached the U.S. Capitol to begin with.
“Well, I think she’s the person who is most responsible for what happened. It was her job to ensure that there was adequate police and if they didn’t have adequate police it was her job to ensure that the National Guard was there,” Gingrich said. “So a lot of this I think is a dance by the Democrats who don’t want us to look very closely at what actually happened. If you’ll notice, the political committee they have created is, in fact, only looking at political things. They are not looking at the various ringleaders who have not been arrested. They are not at a lot of the details about whether or not the FBI was as involved as provocateurs.”
“As a former speaker, I was deeply offended that anybody would do what they did on the Capitol grounds,” he added. “But as a former speaker, I was also really offended that the current speaker Pelosi failed so totally in her job to make sure this didn’t happen. This is a totally nutty environment that we are operating in. Historians will look back on it as a period that’s kind of mildly insane.”
The great irony here being that the person most responsible for the breach led a candlelight prayer vigil Thursday night on the steps of the building she failed to protect, with Pelosi’s media allies eating it up and begging for more.
In her brief remarks, Pelosi once again pushed the false narrative that the protest that went awry was an insurrection.
“On behalf of the distinguished Democratic leader of the Senate, all of our colleagues from the House and Senate, we prayerfully mark one year since the insurrection, and patriotically honor the heroes who defended the Capitol and our democracy that day,” the speaker said. “Let us all here join in a moment of silence in memory of those who lost their lives and sacrificed so much for our democracy that day.”
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