Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) suggested on Wednesday that the bipartisan review of the Jan. 6 insurrection proposed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) should either ignore right-wing extremism or expand the scope to examine political violence more broadly, according to Politico.
Democrats are looking to model the review after the 9/11 Commission, which Politico noted is “a bipartisan review of the 2001 terrorist attacks that’s considered a model for intensive after-action reviews of nationally significant moments.”
While Democrats want to take a broad approach and examine everything that led up to the attack on the Capitol in addition to the attack itself, McConnell — who called Pelosi’s proposal “partisan by design” — would prefer to focus more narrowly on Capitol security issues.
If Democrats want to move beyond security issues, McConnell suggested they should also take a look at the conservative specter of left-wing violence. Numerous Republicans have claimed that Black Lives Matter falls into this category.
The news outlet noted that McConnell’s words are “a nod to GOP complaints about a wave of riots across the country last summer that followed the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.” In short, McConnell wants to apply a both-sides framework to the commission, despite the summer protests having nothing to do with the Capitol insurrection.
“If Congress is going to attempt some broader analysis of toxic political violence across this country,” the Kentucky Republican said, “then in that case, we cannot have artificial cherry-picking of which terrible behavior does and does not deserve scrutiny.”
McConnell indicated that he would be open to a commission narrowly focused on security on the Hill.
“We could do something narrow that looks at the Capitol, or we could potentially do something broader to analyze the full scope of the political violence problem in this country,” McConnell added. “We cannot land at some artificial, politicized halfway point.”
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