It’s been four and a half months since a massive and violent mob invaded the Capitol, endangering the lives of those inside and leaving five people dead. While their motivations have always been apparent — they were enraged by Trump’s and others’ lies about the 2020 presidential election — many information remain unknown. Fortunately, a federal investigation has recently been proposed… that, of course, is being thwarted by the overwhelming majority of congressional Republicans for reasons that aren’t difficult to comprehend.
It’s yet another example of a faction attempting to clog the system despite the fact that it no longer has real control. At the very least, some people have had their fill. Tim Ryan, a Democratic congressman from Ohio, received applause in March for yelling at his Republican colleagues across the aisle, pleading with them to “stop dreaming about Dr. Seuss” and do their work to support Americans in need.
Ryan attempted to reason with the Republican Party once more on Wednesday. He began by expressing gratitude to the far too few Republicans who attempted to keep the investigation legally bipartisan. The majority, well.
“To the other 90% of our friends on the other side of the aisle, holy cow!” Ryan began. He tried to remind them that they care about such matters when it’s Democrats. “Benghazi — you chased the former secretary of state all over the country, spent millions of dollars.” And he excoriated them to not doing the same for something with a higher body count and the potential for even more harm to the nation:
“We have people scaling the Capitol, hitting the Capitol police with lead pipes across the head, and we can’t get bipartisanship. What else has to happen in this country? Cops: this is a slap in the face to every rank-and-file cop in the United States. If we’re going to take on China, if we’re going to rebuild the country, if we’re to reverse climate change, we need two political parties in this country who are both living in reality, and you ain’t one of them.”
Is this going to work? Or will the group remain enslaved to a disgraced septuagenarian former president-turned-blogger who now spends his time in resorts with strangers?