Republican Lawmakers Are Increasingly Pushing Back Against the Left's January 6 Narrative

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The riot at the Capitol on January 6 was, for the left, license to do everything from enact politics to open the door for even more divisive narratives meant to make their opponents look like attempted murderers and traitors to the nation. The GOP made it clear that while the actions on January 6 by those who ran amuck inside the capitol were wrong, the left’s telling of events was incredibly sensationalist.

Now, more Republicans are pushing back against the Democrat narrative that the January 6 event was an “insurrection” as the left likes to claim.

According to The Hill, almost two dozen Republican House members voted against giving Congressional Gold Medals to police officers over the fact that the legislation describes those at the Capitol that day as “insurrectionists.” Among them was Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie who put a brick wall up in front of the Democrat-driven narrative.

“They were protesting. And I don’t approve of the way they protested, but it wasn’t an insurrection,” said Massie.

“My goodness. Can you imagine what a real insurrection would look like?” he asked.

Georgia’s Marjorie Taylor Green also rejected the legislation on the same grounds and responded by saying that she’ll get on board with calling them insurrectionists the moment the left starts calling BLM rioters and Antifa (who also rioted in the capitol) the same thing.

“When you guys start asking about Antifa and [Black Lives Matter] being insurrectionists, then I think we can have a grown-up, adult conversation about that,” she said.

Texas’s Louie Gohmert, who also voted against the legislation, went so far as to submit his own version of the legislation that rewards the officers who served that day but rids it of much of the one-sided language that reeks more of politics than it does fact, noting that it “serves as a tribute to our officers rather than using them as political pawns.”

“There was an undisciplined mob; there were some rioters and some who committed acts of vandalism,” said Georgia Rep. Andrew Clyde.

“Even calling it an insurrection, it wasn’t,” said Wisconsin Rep. Ron Johnson during an interview with Fox’s “Ingraham Angle.” “You know, I condemned the breach. I condemned the violence, but to say there were thousands of armed insurrectionists breaching the Capitol intent on overthrowing the government is just simply false narrative.”

Trump lawyer Brian Castor pointed out what the definition of what an insurrection is and then contrasted it with the January 6 riot.

“‘Insurrection’ is a term of art defined in the law, and it involves taking over a country, a shadow government, taking the TV stations over, and having some plan on what you are going to do when you finally take power. Clearly, this is not that,” Castor said.

To be sure, Republicans and Democrats viewed what happened as wrong for the most part, but to hear the left tell it, white supremacist, right-wing forces planned to infiltrate the Capitol and depose the government.

Many have speculated that this constant attempt at labeling the January 6 events as sensationalist is Democrats trying to keep a point of political leverage that allows them to set narratives and craft legislation. It allows them to paint themselves as both victims and heroes and their opponents as the epitome of anti-Americanism.

However, those on the rights are quick to point out that the left has no compunction to give the same treatment to groups like BLM and Antifa, both of which have declared that their intent is to overthrow the system and implement their own.