Patterico's Pontifications

2/7/2022

What Is Your Definition of “Legitimate Political Discourse”?

Filed under: General — Dana @ 4:22 pm



[guest post by Dana]

On Friday, the Republican National Committee’s Resolution to Formally Censure Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger accused Cheney and Kinzinger, who sit on the Jan.6 Committee, of participating in the persecution of “ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse”. Below is a newly released video clip from the Jan. 6 videos in which Officer Mike Fanone is viciously attacked by the mob in an act of so-called “legitimate political discourse”:

Meanwhile, Sen. Romney came out today and rebuked the RNC for the outrageous decision to censure two members who have demonstrated that their oath to uphold the Constitution supersedes all else. Once upon a time, their commitment and action would have been heralded by the Republican Party. But now that it’s Trump’s party, Cheney and Kinzinger are obstacles that must be removed:

You know where I stand and with whom I stand in this. I see no reason to give any political party the benefit of the doubt. Too bad, so sad. Given the RNC’s carefully worded resolution, one must assume that the RNC must also consider the actions above as “legitimate political discourse”. Once upon a time, this would have been unthinkable. But no longer. They’ve made it official: An angry, rioting mob doing bodily harm to a law enforcement officer counts as “legitimate political discourse”. And it’s funny too because when Antifa acts in the same vile manner, Republicans consider it to be anything but “legitimate political discourse.” And rightfully so. But at least we know now. I think it will always be jarring to see two conservatives be persecuted by their own political party for their very real legitimate political discourse and efforts to hold accountable those involved in the Jan. 6 insurrection.

–Dana


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