RNC censorship of Adam Kinzinger, Liz Cheney could backfire on Illinois Republicans

WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee’s censorship of Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney — backed by the two Illinois members of the RNC — has the potential to cause far more political trouble for GOP candidates in Illinois than for Republicans. whom the party punished for joining the January 6 committee.

What happened: On Friday, the RNC, in a voice vote, approved a resolution to censure Kinzinger, of Illinois, and Cheney, of Wyoming, and “no longer support them as members of the Republican Party.”

Illinois National Committee Member Richard Porter and Demetra DeMonte, national committee member from Illinois, members of the RNC, supported the measure.

Backfire : The no-confidence resolution has potential blowback for Republicans because it said Kinzinger and Cheney, the only two Republicans on the Jan. 6 panel, are participating in “a Democratic-led persecution against ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse, and they both use their past professed political affiliation to mask Democrats’ abuse of prosecutorial power for partisan gain.

The problem: This statement of “ordinary citizens”. Clearly, Democrats can exploit this — the ad itself writes that violent rioters are “ordinary citizens.” On the other side of the coin, Republicans in the primaries trying to outplay their competitors — and make the Jan. 6 crowd heroes — got a gift.

Who are the “ordinary citizens” of the RNC?“Given the RNC’s wording is vague on this, a reasonable inference is that this is a reference to the mob attacking the Capitol on January 6 to prevent Vice President Mike Pence from certifying the victory of Joe Biden.

Details matter.

On Saturday and Sunday, RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel defensively called media reports citing the resolution a “lie.” She didn’t specify anything.

DeMonte told me in an e-mail: “Yes. I voted for the resolution.

“Unfortunately,” she said, there have been “false reports” as the RNC “denounces all acts of political violence and lawlessness.”

However, this is not mentioned in the resolution, mostly a 10-paragraph manifesto against Biden and Democrats in Congress with “ordinary citizens.”

Porter told the New York Times, “Nominal Republicans on the committee offer a pastiche of bipartisanship, but no real protection or due process for ordinary people who did not avoid being targeted and terrorized by the committee.”

Accusing the press of “false reporting” is an attempt to distract from the RNC’s self-inflicted wound.

In another email, DeMonte said, “Leave it to the liberal media to falsely publish baseless and misleading propaganda.”

I appreciate DeMonte exchanging emails with me on Saturday and Sunday. Let’s keep communication open.

But it’s not about how the “liberal” press reports the story.

Political fault: This is the conclusion of the curator National review.

Their editorial, posted on Saturday, concluded: “Righteous people can, of course, criticize” some of the actions of the January 6 committee. “To say that the investigation and prosecution are warranted is not to defend every aspect of the hundreds of criminal lawsuits, or to bless the Democrats’ unconventional partisanship on the Jan. 6 committee.

“But the RNC issued a statement, purportedly on behalf of the entire party, decrying ‘Democrat-led persecution of ordinary citizens engaging in legitimate political speech’ and ‘Democratic abuse of prosecutorial power to partisan purposes”. wanted.

“It will be used against hundreds of elected Republicans who were not consulted when it was written and do not agree with its sentiment. Inasmuch as the party did not intend it – and RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who is already damage control, says it was not intended that way – its wording is first-rate political malpractice from people whose whole job is politics.

Context: Why two Republicans on the January 6 panel? Last year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vetoed Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind. Kinzinger and Cheney. Jordan was seen early on as part of the investigation – and he became an “important witness” for the January 6 panel.

What censorship means to Kinzinger: Nothing. He no longer runs. Its future, wherever it leads, is unaffected by censorship. It might help in fundraising.

Kinzinger said in a statement, “Rather than focus their efforts on how to help the American people, my fellow Republicans have chosen to censure two life members of their party for simply honoring their oath of office.

“They let conspiracies and toxic tribalism get in the way of their ability to see straight.”

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