“It was very clear to me, I took an oath to defend the Constitution. I didn’t take an oath to defend Donald Trump. What he did was a frontal assault on the Constitution.”
Which, effectively, yeah.
There’s little or no debate that Trump not solely incited the mob that violently rioted at — and in — the Capitol constructing, however stood by in silence for hours after it turned clear that scenario had grown uncontrolled and that individuals have been being damage. (Five individuals died on account of the revolt; greater than 100 cops have been wounded.)
What’s stunning is that Rice is one in all solely 10 Republicans — the overwhelming majority of whom outline themselves as “constitutional conservatives” — prepared to face up for that Constitution when confronted with Trump’s clear assault on it.
Rice’s feedback function a reminder that harshly judging Trump for what occurred on January 6 shouldn’t be a partisan act. Republican members of Congress in addition to Democratic ones have been endangered as the violent rioters ran by the US Capitol. The insurrectionists have been chanting, “Hang Mike Pence” — the Republican vp of the United States.
Actively undermining a free and truthful election after which inciting a mob that sought to intervene with the Electoral College certification is solely a harmful act for our democracy.
That it was performed by a Republican President who instructions vital loyalty amongst the GOP base must be immaterial to the calculations made by elected officers in the Party.
“Should,” in fact, is the operative phrase there. Barring a handful of principled objectors like Rice, the remainder of the Republican Party went together with Trump’s habits out of a self-interested fear for their very own political careers.
The Point: Rice may effectively lose his seat in a main subsequent 12 months to a candidate prepared to blindly again Trump always. Which reveals you precisely the place the Republican Party is at the second.