Ginned-up Ohio Dem shrieks at Republicans over Jan 6 riot bill: ‘holy cow! Incoherence! … Benghazi!’

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Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, an avid defender and supporter of the deadly Black Lives Matter riots of 2020, ranted and raved at his Republican colleagues Wednesday on the House floor over their unwillingness to support the launch of a likely politicized 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol.

However, he did have praise for New York Rep. John Katko, who was one of 35 Republicans who switched sides and chose to back the launching.

“I want to thank the gentleman from New York and the other Republicans who are supporting this and thank them for their bipartisanship,” Ryan said at the beginning of his rant before turning his ire at the Republicans who refused to do his bidding.

“To the other 90 percent of our friends on the other side of the aisle, holy cow! Incoherence! No idea what you’re talking about! Benghazi! You guys chased the former secretary of state all over the country, spent millions of dollars. We have people scaling the Capitol, hitting the Capitol police with lead pipes across the head and we can’t get bipartisanship!” he shrieked and hollered.

“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 gonna take on China, if we’re gonna rebuild the country, if we’re gonna reverse climate change, we need two political parties in this country that are both living in reality and you ain’t one of ’em!” he added.

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(Video: C-SPAN)

Missing from Ryan’s rant was the recognition of any of the points that Republicans and their allies have made in criticizing the proposed Jan. 6th commission.

One point, made by both Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, is that Democrats are likely to exploit the commission for political purposes.

Another point is that the commission is too narrow in its focus. For a true reckoning with the truth, the commission should also investigate last year’s deadly BLM riots, Republicans have argued.

Speaking of last year’s riots, Ryan was an avid supporter of them. Note the tweet below that contains the hashtag #NoJusticeNoPeace. It was posted days after BLM rioters wreaked havoc throughout the city of Minneapolis and elsewhere.

When BLM rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol and attacked Capitol Police around that same time, Ryan portrayed the violent extremists as “peaceful protesters” and attacked then-President Donald Trump’s Capitol authorities for having tried to rein them in:

A final point raised by Republicans and even some genuinely liberal journalists — Michael Tracey and Glenn Greenwald, in particular — is that the commission is rooted in the false notion that the Jan. 6th riot was an insurrection.

Speaking on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” late Wednesday, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson not only echoed this point but did do with the same language used by Democrats and their allies to defend last year’s deadly BLM riots.

“The fact of the matter is even calling it insurrection, it wasn’t. I condemned the breach, I condemn the violence, but to say there were thousands of armed insurrectionists breaching the Capitol intent on overthrowing the government is just simply a false narrative,”  he said.

“I was vilified for entering into the record a 14-page eyewitness account of a very knowledgeable observer that really laid out exactly what happened… By and large it was peaceful protests except for there were a number of people, basically agitators that whipped the crowd and breached the Capitol, and that’s really the truth of what’s happening here,” he added.

See what he did there?

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“But they like to paint that narrative so they can paint a broad brush and basically impugn 75 million Americans, call them potentially domestic terrorists and potential armed insurrectionists as well. So this is all about a narrative that the left wants to continue to push,” the senator added.

Greenwald, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist known for both helping Edward Snowden expose the NSA and taking on corruption in Brazil, has dubbed this narrative the new “War on Terror” — one that he’s confident will be “exaggerated” for political gain and the accumulation of power:

Vivek Saxena

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