While most Democrats are blaming President Donald Trump for the Capitol riot, at least one congressman also thinks House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is to blame.
Following a riot at the Capitol building that led to the deaths of a police officer and an apparent Trump supporter, Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) called for McCarthy to resign from the House for supposedly encouraging the violence by objecting to Democratic electors during the House’s certification of Electoral College votes.
“After terrorists shed blood in our Capitol, Kevin McCarthy went to the House Floor and led the renewed attack on our democracy,” Beyer said in a statement. “He echoed Trump’s incendiary lies and dehumanizing attacks on political opponents, and now claims to oppose ‘division?’ No. Kevin McCarthy must resign.”
Toeing the party line
Beyer’s comments make it clear that Democrats want to squash any lingering dissent over the 2020 election and that elected representatives who don’t toe the opposite party’s line will have their necks on the guillotine — figuratively, of course.
In addition to wanting to get rid of Trump now, rather than waiting ten days until his first term is over, some Democrats have also called for Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) to resign for leading efforts to object to electors in the Senate.
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) even went so far as to ask House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to refuse to seat any new member of the House that backed Trump’s efforts to overturn election results. This would actually be unconstitutional, as opposed to the Republicans’ efforts, which did follow the Constitution.
The overreach by Democrats seems to know no bounds. For them, it must look like the perfect time to get rid of as many Republicans as possible while the news cycle is fresh in everyone’s minds.
But make no mistake, it is an overreach.
The violence was and always will be wrong, but its perpetrators do not represent Trump, Cruz, Hawley, McCarthy, or anyone on the right who didn’t breach the Capitol — which is 99.999% of us.
Smearing all Republicans with the actions of a few violent rioters will only make them feel like their voice is being silenced even more, and could anger at least 75 million people in the country who voted for Trump in November more than they already are.
But then, maybe that’s exactly what Democrats are trying to do.