This is just part of the R party's efforts to whitewash and rewrite what happened on 1/6. The political parties have a long history of doing that, and the R party has been doing the lion's share of it in recent years.Conservative efforts to downplay the events of Jan. 6, 2021, and allege the political “weaponization” of the government seem to ratchet up with each passing week.
But rarely have they reached such a fever pitch, at least at the official level, as they did Wednesday with Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.).
During a House Judiciary Committee hearing featuring Attorney General Merrick Garland, Spartz both suggested that the scene at the Capitol on Jan. 6 was actually something of an innocent family affair and also seemed to compare the U.S. government to the Soviet KGB.
“There probably were some people that came on January 6th here, you know, that had bad intent,” Spartz allowed. “But a lot of good Americans from my district came here because they are sick and tired of this government not serving them. They came with strollers and the kids, and there was [a] chaotic situation because the proper security wasn’t provided.”
It wasn’t initially clear whether Spartz was talking about the rally on the Ellipse that preceded the Jan. 6 insurrection or the crowd near the Capitol whose participants ultimately violently forced their way in. But it was soon evident she was referring to the latter.
“They were throwing smoke bombs into the crowd with strollers with kids,” she said. “People showed up, you know, FBI agents, to people’s houses. You had, in my district, in my town, FBI phone numbers all over the district. … People are truly afraid.”
There do not appear to be many publicly available images of small children and strollers in the most contested areas near the Capitol on Jan. 6. Nor have many Republicans previously raised this as a complaint.
A Wall Street Journal timeline states that smoke and tear gas were wafting through the crowd as of 1:13 p.m. By that point, scuffles between law enforcement and angry protesters had broken out…….
But Spartz didn’t stop there. She also broke ground over related GOP claims about the supposed “weaponization” of the government. She referenced the report by special counsel John Durham, which reflected poorly on the FBI but largely failed to live up to the Republican hype about what it would lay bare regarding those who had investigated Trump’s ties to Russia.
“I look at [the] Durham report and the … [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] violations,” Spartz said. Spartz’s comments weren’t entirely clear, but ultimately the congresswoman, who was born in what was then the Soviet republic of Ukraine, added, “It’s like KGB.”…….