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The Raskin-Kinzinger January 6 Scam
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Rep. Jamie Raskin at Harvard on April 13 (Kennedy School/YouTube)

So two members of the corrupt January 6 Committee made news yesterday.

One was Maryland Democrat Jamie Raskin. The second was Illinois Republican Adam Kinzinger.

The headline on the Reuters story about Raskin was this:

Trump attempt at a coup to be a focus of U.S. House hearings, lawmaker Raskin says

Meanwhile, over there on the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal, Kinzinger penned a piece headlined:

A Political Homeless Shelter

The GOP left me out in the cold. The same thing has happened to millions of Americans of both parties.

And the January 6 Committee scamming continues.

To begin? Does Raskin think Americans are seriously accepting his notion that moving to stop the certification of a presidential election, as Trump was urging in 2021, was “to overturn the 2020 presidential election”?

Really? Recall this from the same Raskin in January of 2017. Here’s the headline from RealClearPolitics:

FLASHBACK: Lead Impeachment Manager Jamie Raskin Attempted To Object To Electoral Vote Certification For Trump In 2017

Got that? By Raskin’s definition, Raskin himself was attempting to halt the certification of the 2016 election, a process he now calls “a coup … organized … against the Congress” in order to overturn a presidential election.

Perhaps a warrant should be out for Raskin’s arrest? Maybe he should be censored or expelled for attempting his coup?

Right. Raskin is about the world of standards for thee (Trump) but not for me (pick a Democrat).

Then there’s Kinzinger. In an astonishing bit of fiction at the Wall Street Journal, Kinzinger, without the slightest sense of self-awareness, said this:

It shouldn’t be a novel idea to tell the truth, to stand up for our democracy, and to serve with integrity. But it is. Now more than ever, we need to turn things around and put in the work to break free from toxic tribalism and extreme partisanship. My time in Congress may be coming to an end, but my fight for this country continues — politically homeless or otherwise.

Hello? It is sadly a decidedly novel idea to Kinzinger to tell the truth about “extreme partisanship” and “toxic tribalism,” both of which are at the very core of the January 6 Committee on which he serves. Not to mention his contribution to all of it.

My American Spectator colleague Melissa Mackenzie has documented here, here, here, here, and here what Kinzinger’s January 6 Committee has really been about.

It isn’t pretty. The committee is a hoax, employing fascist-style tactics to collect the phone records of private citizens and journalists, pushing a bizarre, completely debunked conspiracy theory, and “running their committee like a criminal trial” — something which is decidedly unconstitutional.

With not-so-much-anymore astonishing chutzpah, Kinzinger boasts that he has set up a group called “Country First.” A trip to the website reveals exactly the extent of Kinzinger’s inability to tell the truth. Under a section titled “Mending Divisions” (no sense of irony there!), Kinzinger says this about the need to “Stand for Truth”:

No one is entitled to their own facts – regardless of party. None of us should be afraid of data, and intelligence and education (or lack thereof) isn’t something to demean. Country First aspires to an objective political discourse that is uncompromisingly honest.

This, mind you, is from a member of the January 6 Committee which is making a point of using its own highly selective “facts.” This is a committee that is, as documented by Melissa, nothing less than Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “hand-selected secret Select Committee” on January 6. What is the committee — including Adam Kinzinger — about? Not Country First. As Melissa writes of what the committee is really about:

Short answer: presiding over a politically motivated conspiracy fever dream to neutralize political opposition to the Democrats. Shorter answer: nothing good. Mao would be proud.

Bingo.

As I recounted in this space back in September, Kinzinger released a statement in January that said this:

On January 6, 2021, the President of the United States encouraged an angry mob to storm the United States Capitol to stop the counting of electoral votes.

That, in fact, is a bald-faced lie. As I have noted before, while I was not at the Capitol on January 6, I was in fact at the White House rally that preceded the events at the Capitol. I had a literal front-row seat next to those terrifying revolutionaries Diamond and Silk. People around us were dancing to rock music. And when the president appeared, he quite specifically called for those going to the Capitol to protest “peacefully and patriotically.”

So much for “Country First” and its vow to “Stand for Truth.”

In January of 1981, four days after taking office, President Ronald Reagan was asked about his approach to dealing with the leaders of the communist Soviet Union. In his response, he said this:

“[They] have openly and publicly declared that the only morality they recognize is what will further their cause, meaning they reserve unto themselves the right to commit any crime, to lie, to cheat, in order to attain that, and that is moral, not immoral, and we operate on a different set of standards, I think when you do business with them, even at a detente, you keep that in mind.”

That is, decades later, an utterly perfect description of the January 6 Committee and its members.

And apparently, that is true of Kinzinger’s “Country First” as well.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at jlpa1@aol.com. His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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