Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA11) spoke last night on MSNBC; check it out, including his thoughts on extremist Rep. “Gym” Jordan (R) and Republicans in general, post-insurrection:
“I don’t want to disparage a colleague, but I do think there is a toxicity in relationships that did not exist before. When you look at somebody who joined in the purpose of the mob on January 6th – and that purpose was to stop, to prevent the validation of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s election by the Electoral College, normally a ceremonial event – after all of the violence, after five deaths, we reconvened and 144 of them voted to overturn the elections in two states. Duly valid, audited, judicially reviewed election results. And that means you make common cause with the crowd that was violent, that engaged in premeditated insurgency and that led to five deaths, which could have been us. So I think you look at people quite differently after January 6th than you did before. They’re not just politically adversaries, they’re people who aligned themselves consciously with a violent mob that meant to do harm to you, your staff, the Vice President of the United States, among others.”
How do Rep. Connolly and others maintain civility with insurrectionist/seditionist Republicans at this point?
“Well, I believe in the power of truth and facts. And I believe calling out their fabrications, their alternate reality that is delusional and deliberately designed to persuade people to believe what they say, not what they see and know — which is called gaslighting — I think the power of words and the truth still remains. And I believe in it, and I think it’s my duty…to propound that truth, to make sure the public hears it and sees it.”