Kirsten Engel Challenges GOP Candidates to Disavow Jan. 6 Coup Attempt as “Legitimate Public Discourse”

“I am calling on State Sen. Kelly Townsend and Juan Ciscomani to immediately and unequivocally disavow this reprehensible vote,” Engel said.

Former State Senator Kirsten Engel challenged Juan Ciscomani and State Senator Kelly Townsend to disavow the Republican National Committee’s recent statements calling the January 6th attempted coup a “legitimate public discourse.”

“We all saw what happened 13 months ago. Barricades were toppled, police officers beaten, and the halls of Congress stormed by insurrectionists attempting to prevent Congress from doing its job. The building was overrun, lives were lost, and millions around the world watched an angry mob seize control of the United States Capitol,” Engel said.

“The January 6 attack was domestic terrorism, plain and simple.”

Engel is an educator, environmental attorney, and a mom who has spent her career fighting for the public interest. She’s running for Congress in Tucson to fight for a better, safer, and more equitable city.

The Republican Party declared on February 4, 2022, that this attack on our democracy was “legitimate political discourse.” The Republican National Committee also voted to censure two House Republicans who participated in the subsequent investigation, which the RNC claimed “crossed the line,” claiming the investigation was “persecution of ordinary citizens who engaged in legitimate political discourse that had nothing to do with violence at the Capitol.”

“This vote declaring the January 6 attack “legitimate political discourse” was not taken at a meeting of the John Birch Society. It wasn’t taken at a Q-anon gathering or even at a Freedom Caucus meeting. No, this vote legitimizing the attack on our capitol was taken by the Republican National Committee,” Engel said. “Which begs the question, do my Republican opponents agree with their party? I am calling on State Sen. Kelly Townsend and Juan Ciscomani to immediately and unequivocally disavow this reprehensible vote.”

“I understand we have political disagreements. Those disagreements are legitimate and frankly healthy in a campaign like this. But we should all be able to come together to denounce domestic terrorism when we see it.”

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) criticized the Republican National Committee and broke with their language on the Jan. 6, 2021 riot, calling it a “violent insurrection.”

“It was a violent insurrection with the purpose of trying to prevent a peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election. … That’s what it was,” McConnell said

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