Former President Donald Trump put out a warning for the 25 House GOP members who decided to vote in favor of establishing a commission to investigate the Capitol riot that happened on January 6, saying there might be “consequences” from voters who think the lawmakers are “ineffective and weak.”
“See, 35 wayward Republicans — they just can’t help themselves,” Trump said on his website Thursday, which was only one day after the House voted 252-175 to establish the commission. “We have much better policy and are much better for the Country, but the Democrats stick together, the Republicans don’t.”
He added that Democrats don’t have people like his critics Sens. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Ben Sasse, R-Neb., or like Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., but “unfortunately, we do. Sometimes there are consequences to being ineffective and weak. The voters understand!”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House GOP leadership had urged a “no vote” against the commission, but didn’t formally whip the members on the measure, reports The New York Post.
The Senate is expected to vote about the commission next week, but the measure will likely not attract the 60 votes it will need to achieve a majority vote. Earlier this week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell came out against the commission, saying Democrats handled the proposal in “partisan bad faith.”
Here’s a list of the 35 Republicans:
Along with Cheney and Katko, Republican lawmakers voting for the commission were: French Hill (Ark.), Steve Womack (Ark.) David Valadao (Calif.) Carlos Gimenez (Fla.), Maria Salazar (Fla.), Mike Simpson (Idaho), Rodney Davis (Ill.), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Trey Hollingsworth (Ind.), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (Iowa), Peter Meijer (Mich.), Fred Upton (Mich.), Michael Guest (Miss.), Jeff Fortenberry (Neb.), Don Bacon (Neb.), Chris Smith (N.J.), Andrew Garbarino (N.Y.), Tom Reed (N.Y.), Chris Jacobs (N.Y.), Dave Joyce (Ohio), Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), Stephanie Bice (Okla.), Cliff Bentz (Ore.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Tom Rice (S.C.), Dusty Johnson (S.D.), Van Taylor (Texas), Tony Gonzales (Texas), Blake Moore (Utah), John Curtis (Utah), Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.), Dan Newhouse (Wash.), David McKinley (W.Va.)
The former president is probably right about this. The establishment within the GOP better stop pretending like the previous four years never happened. This kind of behavior is what led to Trump being elected in the first place.