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Legitimate political discourse?

"Legitimate political discourse." That's what the Republican National Committee (RNC) called the violent attack against America on January 6th.

The Republican Party has lost its way.

In an effort to shame two members of their own party who stood up for democracy, the RNC censured Representatives Cheney and Kinzinger and called the January 6th committee's investigation "a Democrat-led persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse."

I was there that day. The rioters were beating police officers with flagpoles. They came with lead pipes and guns. They were breaking in the windows and destroying property. There were more than 1,000 assaults on police officers that day and people lost their lives.

Legitimate political discourse? Give me a break!

In the hours after the attack, I was hopeful that we would all come together—Republicans, Democrats, Independents, all of us. After all, this was an attack on our democracy and the country that we have taken an oath to defend and protect.

Sadly, the RNC cares more about the QAnon fringe members of its party than they do about the rule of law and defending our democracy. They are trying to rewrite history, but we all saw what happened with our own eyes.

Time may not heal our wounds. Only the truth and accountability can do that.

I will never forget what happened on January 6th. And I will never stop defending our democracy and the elections that give power and voice to the people. I will never abandon my oath to my country.


Posted on February 12, 2022.

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Jim McGovern represents the 2nd District of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has earned a national reputation as a tireless advocate for his district and as a champion for food security, human rights, campaign finance reform, social justice and peace.

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