Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden sends DNC dollars to House, Senate committeesThe Hill’s Morning Report – Dems juggling priorities amid new challengeThe America Competes Act: Let’s make sure it helps us competeMORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday criticized the Republican National Committee for referring to Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol as “legitimate political discourse,” and said the censure of GOP Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) “crossed a line.” 

“There’s no debate to be had here: January 6 was an armed insurrection. It was an attempt to reverse through violent means the outcome of a free-and-fair election, and it was fundamentally rooted in Donald TrumpDonald TrumpAbrams fires back at Perdue, Kemp over criticism of maskless photoBiden to visit Israel later this yearManchin crosses party lines in officially endorsing MurkowskiMORE’s big lie that the election of 2020 was illegitimate,” Schumer said from the Senate floor. 

Schumer added that the RNC resolution’s apparent reference to Jan. 6 as “legitimate political discourse” is “chilling and plainly dangerous” and would be a source of “everlasting shame” for the committee. 


“It puts us on a road where our democracy is at risk. It is a sad commentary on how far the political arm of the GOP has gone that the RNC will go out of its way to punish its own members who spoke out against the former president’s lies while defending the rioters who tried to undo an election with mob rule,” Schumer added.

The RNC passed a resolution on Friday censuring Cheney and Kinzinger, who serve on the House committee investigating Jan. 6, for engaging in the “persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse,” referring to those involved in the assault on the Capitol. 

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielChris Christie: RNC chair ‘carrying water for Donald Trump’Democrats look to shake off ‘defund the police’Trump’s GOP: Party further tightens tie to former presidentMORE appeared to try to clarify the statement amid near immediate backlash, saying in a statement that the two GOP lawmakers were involved in persecuting citizens “engaged in legitimate political discourse” but “that had nothing to do with violence at the Capitol.” The last section was not in the RNC resolution.

That did little to stem fierce criticism of the RNCs resolution. Its the latest Jan. 6 headache Republicans have faced over the past week as Trump doubles down his claim that former Vice President Pence could have unilaterally overturned the election. 

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellExperts open the door to lifting last mask mandatesSupreme Court should look more like America, or so Republicans once thoughtFive obstacles lawmakers face in reaching an omnibus dealMORE (R-Ky.) declined to comment on Monday on the censure resolution, indicating that he expected to questions on the issue during a weekly stake out on Tuesday.