He said, “January 6th was everybody’s fault.”
This expression of kindly ecumenism towards the Capitol riots stands in sharp contrast to the position of the Democrats and the most pissed-off Republican ever documented, Liz Cheney. They say that, without a doubt, that the riot was the ex-Caucasian-in-Chief’s fault.
Certainly, McCarthy wants his bit of genial tut-tutting (we’re all rioters at heart, my fellow Americans) to be the final word on the insurrection, a sweet rush of political fentanyl that persuades us all to vote Republican in the fall in the hopes that they can keep us from six-buck-a-gallon gas, which they can’t any more than Biden can.
But this puff of political nitrous oxide is as fake as Trump’s hair. Obviously, we’re not all equally responsible for January 6th. Let’s start with all the Trump voters that did not participate in the riot. They heard the same unlikely tales of voting machines being manipulated by Italian cannoli makers or zombie Venezuelan dictators that the rioters heard, but they did not pack their jalopies with provisions and bullets and head out of Black Gum Hollow to assault the seat of the US government. Oh, sure, they may have helped their cousin with a few bucks for gas, or may wonder why that charge for a motel room in Maryland showed up on their debit card, but they definitely did not smash the windows of the Capitol in in post-Trump rally exuberance.
It wasn’t their fault.
Likewise, it wasn’t the fault of Antifa. McCarthy himself, speaking out of his characteristic fog of brain deadliness, tried to draw a line between the summer of protests that followed the George Floyd murder and the pepper-spraying and beating of Capitol cops by an ugly mob who could barely pass the GED test if they shared the answers between them, but no such line has ever been found. If a single Floyd protester had also been identified as having participated in the insurrection as well, that person would be tied up in Tucker Carlson’s basement right now, being waterboarded, alternately and hourly, by Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Jeanine Pirro, in between being hauled out on Fox every night as proof that Democrats were behind the riot.
Definitely the riot was not George Floyd’s fault.
That leaves only one group to blame for the Capitol riot, and McCarthy is pointing the finger right at you. Or us, or me.
January 6th was the fault of people that voted for Joe Biden.
We thought we were just sick of a disgusting fat old crook being President, but we didn’t realize we would soon be the cause of an assault on American democracy. Don’t make excuses for us. If Trump had actually won the election, there would have been no riot. There’s no denying that. What the putative leader of the future House of Representatives is telling us, in his soothing, unifying yet nearly incomprehensible way, was that casting our ballots for Biden, in the hopes that we wouldn’t have to put up with four more years of Trump’s limited intelligence and unlimited greed, was the real act of sedition.
Of course, Joe Biden was the main propagator of the violence, for insisting on taking the office that he was elected to, instead of just saying to Trump, "I see you want this job so badly, bro. Go ahead and keep it."
Don't think that lets us off the hook.
Forget shitting in the halls of Congress or beating the Capitol defenders with flagpoles. Ours was the real act of rebellion.
So, if you want to know who started the insurrection, look in the mirror. While you’re doing so, you might try whispering “Presidential pardon,” three times.
I hear if you do that, Jim Jordan will appear.