Democratic fury over the mob attack on Capitol Hill and its aftermath is spreading to almost every aspect of life in the House, crushing hopes of courtesy and threatening even mundane legislative tasks like naming a local post office.
Democrats accuse Republicans of nothing less than sabotaging the country’s democracy with false claims that the November elections were “stolen” from former President TrumpDonald Trump Romney: ‘Pretty Sure’ Trump Would Win GOP Nomination In 2024 Should He Run For President Pence Huddles With Senior GOP Study Committee Members Trump Says ‘Without A doubt’ Tiger Woods Will Return After Crash MORE.
Already angry that some Republicans’ refusal to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 was endangering lives, Democrats now view the Republican Party as a direct way to endanger the lives of lawmakers with dangerous rhetoric that It fuels outlandish conspiracy theories.
“It’s impossible for us not to look at them any other way,” said Rep. Dan kildeeDaniel (Dan) Timothy Kildee Biden vows to take action against guns amid resistance Managers seek to make the Republican Party think twice before Trump’s acquittal Biden’s inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear MORE (D-Mich.) Said of the 139 Republicans who voted to reverse the election results.
Bad blood reached a new level Tuesday night when Rep. Sean CastenSean CastenLawmaker Calls Robinhood Helpline To Comment On Customer Service On The Money: House Panel Discusses GameStop, Robinhood | Manchin Meets Wage Advocates | Yellen Says Go Big, Republican Party Says Hold House Panel Sticks At Bay For GameStop Frenzy And Commercial Apps MORE (D-Ill.) He took the very unusual step of forcing a plenary vote on an uncontroversial bill to name a Mississippi post office because it was written by a Republican who voted to override the election.
It was equally evident during a Postal Service hearing on Wednesday when a furious Rep. Gerry connollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyHouse Democrats call on Biden to fill the Postal Service Board vacancies to pave the way to oust DeJoy Trump’s assault on the federal government is not over LIVE COVERAGE: House votes to impeach Trump after of the Capitol uprising MORE (D-Va.) He lashed out at a top Trump ally, Rep. Jim jordanJames (Jim) Daniel Jordan The memorandum: Biden is going strong on immigration The memorandum: Limbaugh’s divisive legacy Republican lawmakers mourn the death of Rush Limbaugh MORE (R-Ohio), which had accused Democrats of attacking the Postmaster General Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoyHouse Democrats call on Biden to fill Postal Service Board vacancies to pave the way for DeJoy removal Duckworth urges Biden to overthrow the entire Postal Service board The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by TikTok – Day 1 goes to the Democrats as the Republican Party fumes at Trump’s lawyers MORE last year simply to hurt Trump’s reelection chances.
“It was all a sham!” Jordan said.
“I did not vote to annul an election. And the people who did it won’t teach me about partisanship, ”Connolly replied, pointing a finger at Jordan.
Rep. Hakeem jeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesPelosi, lawmakers denounce violence against Asian Americans House Democrat says adopting GOP relief proposal would be ‘unconditional surrender’. House votes to oust Greene from committees for embracing conspiracy theories MORE (DN.Y.) on Wednesday lashed out at the House minority leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthy Trump to attend RNC Private Donor Retreat Former RNC Chairman for Republicans Seeking a New Trump Party: ‘There’s the Door’ Lawmakers Propose Bill to Create Capitol Riot Commission MORE (R-Calif.) For giving “help and comfort” to the insurgents.
McCarthy, a short time later, would respond in turn, using a rare speech on the floor to accuse Democrats of adopting “grievance” strategies designed to silence “millions of voters” represented by the Republican minority.
First-year Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Who called former President Trump’s position on January 6 “our 1776 moment,” forced a vote Wednesday to end House business by the day; it failed, but not before complaining about members of both parties.
Many Democrats say it is untenable to work with Republican lawmakers who voted to overturn the election results even after the deadly attack.
“It is an unlikely situation because these are the people who tried to undermine our government. And they may not be less guilty than the people who attacked the Capitol, ”said Rep. Bill pascrellWilliam (Bill) James Pascrell Democrats Urge IRS To Extend Tax Filing Season On The Money: Biden Extends Mortgage Relief And Foreclosure Ban Through June | Democrats introduce bill to end tax exemption for investment managers Democrats introduce bill to end tax exemption for investment managers MORE (DN.J.).
“It’s going to be a lot harder to work across the hall,” echoed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez Criticizes Opening of Children’s Migrant Center Under Biden Udalls: Haaland Criticism Motivated ‘By More Than His Record’ Ocasio-Cortez Targets Manchin For Haaland Confirmation MORE (DN.Y.), who blamed some Republican lawmakers for endangering her.
“Even after the sixth, there was [GOP] members who were deliberately forwarding falsehoods about my location, and then turned around and said, ‘I’d love for us to work together at some point,’ ”he added. “This is very serious. Many members of Congress almost died. … So the idea that people just want to pretend that it doesn’t have any impact on their ability to work is quite shocking, I think, and absurd. “
Republicans, for their part, accuse Democrats of distorting the events of January 6 to paint the entire Republican Party as complicit in the actions of the mob.
Even the proposed 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6 domestic terrorist attack has been bogged down by partisan politics. Spokesman Nancy pelosiNancy Pelosi Five Big Takeaways from Capitol Security Hearings Curator Estimates Damage to Capitol Art Due to Mafia K Totals Democrats Want Businesses to Help Bring the LGBT Bill to the Goal MORE (D-Calif.) A bill has been circulating that would create an independent bipartisan commission, where Democrats would get seven appointments and Republicans four.
Republicans have rejected that proposal, demanding a fair division between the parties and subpoena power for both the majority and the minority. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell McConnell Endorses Garland for Attorney General Trump to Attend Private RNC Donor Retreat The Patriot Party Already Exists, It’s Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) He called Pelosi’s plan “partisan by design” on Wednesday, and both he and McCarthy have pointed to comments from September 11 Commission leaders Republican Thomas Kean and Democrat Lee Hamilton, calling for an evenly divided commission like theirs. was.
“It seems like most of this has political momentum,” McCarthy said of Pelosi’s plan, “and it seems like he’s setting a system to fail.”
But the Speaker of the House Homeland Security Bennie thompsonBennie Gordon Thompson Hearings Examine Consequences of Massive SolarWinds Breach DHS Announces New Measures to Boost Nation’s Cyber Security House Democrats Request Documents from DHS Intelligence Office on Jan. 6 Attack MORE (D-Miss.) He defended Pelosi’s proposal, arguing that the 9/11 panel was formed under divided government, but Democrats now control the House, Senate, and White House.
“It was five after five when the authorities divided in leadership,” Thompson told The Hill. For the January 6 commission, “I think Democrats should elect the president and Republicans can elect the vice president, and I don’t think that ultimately destroys a product that would generate that commission.
“For some it is partisan, but for others it is the process,” he added. “Our duty requires that we do that because God forbid, if we don’t, then something else can happen. The next time the Proud Boys or the Oath Keepers don’t like what we do, they’ll tear the place apart again. “
Casten’s effort Tuesday highlighted acrimony. The Illinois Democrat derailed the Republican Representative’s offer. Trent kellyJohn (Trent) Trent Kelly Top Republican Congressional aide resigns, tears Republican lawmakers who opposed Biden’s victory READ: Republicans who voted to challenge election results House votes to reduce powers of the Insurrection Law MORE (Miss.) To expedite a bill to change the name of a post office in your district. Kelly had met with a group of protesters on January 6 and then voted to overturn the election results.
Still, an overwhelming majority of Democrats opposed Casten’s tactic, with many explaining that it was simply the wrong vehicle to hold lawmakers accountable.
“We have options in terms of how we interact and with whom we work, and who we elect to help co-lead bipartisan efforts,” Kildee said. “And I think this is more likely how it will manifest.”
Rank and file Republicans say they just want to put January 6 in their rearview mirror and move on. The events divided his party, with 10 House Republicans voting to impeach Trump and seven Republican senators voting for his conviction. While that pales in comparison to the 43 Republicans who voted for acquittal, it is a historic record for impeachment.
Moving on will be difficult given the bad blood and daily reminders of what happened.
The entire Capitol complex still looks like a fortress, surrounded by a 7-foot non-scalable fence and hundreds of National Guard soldiers. Pelosi installed magnetometers at all entrances to the House chamber after some Republicans spoke of bringing weapons to the House floor.
Cristina Marcos contributed.