“We don’t need to try and explain away or come up with alternative versions. We all saw what happened,” Blunt informed NBC’s “Meet the Press” of January 6, when a mob of former President Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an try to cease Congress from certifying the 2020 election, clashed with regulation enforcement, ransacked congressional workplaces and threatened the lives of then-Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers.
Calling January 6 “a terrible day for America,” the Missouri Republican stated, “I think it was absolutely unacceptable and we can’t let that kind of thing be repeated again in our country.”
Johnson on Saturday falsely claimed
there was no violence on the Senate facet of the US Capitol throughout the attack, and earlier this month
he stated he “never really felt threatened” and “wasn’t concerned” throughout the riot as a result of he believed the rioters have been “people that love this country, that truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break the law.”
The Wisconsin Republican has made a number of feedback downplaying the severity of the Capitol attack, together with previously saying
that he did not consider that what occurred was “armed insurrection.” Johnson has additionally pushed the conspiracy theory
that there have been skilled provocateurs throughout the mob on the Capitol — regardless of the FBI having stated there was no proof Antifa or every other teams of leftist instigators have been half of the group.
Former President George W. Bush, a Republican, informed the Texas Tribune
that he was “sick to my stomach
… to see our nation’s Capitol being stormed by hostile forces.”
On Sunday, Blunt informed NBC that he’s “much more in agreement” with Bush’s view of what occurred on January 6.
While talks to form an independent 9/11-style commission
to analyze the riot have stalled, Blunt, because the Senate Rules Committee’s prime Republican, argued that Congress might “move forward and make the changes that need to be made” to Capitol safety.
“Congress itself has the capacity here to move forward,” Blunt stated. “That doesn’t mean I’m opposed to a commission, but frankly I believe that the commission would probably be a reason to wait and not do the things that we know we need to do right now.”
Blunt announced earlier this month
he wouldn’t search reelection.