RNC chair: 'disagreement in our party is welcome' but GOP lawmakers on Jan. 6 panel 'step too far'
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel doubled down on her defense of the committee’s censure against Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), saying that “disagreement in our party is welcome” but the lawmakers' service on the House select panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection was a “step too far.”
During an interview with McDaniel on Fox News, the network played several clips of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) comments from Tuesday criticizing the RNC’s censure.
“Traditionally, the view of the national party committees is that we support all members of our party, regardless of their positions on some issues,” McConnell said in one clip played.
Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner asked McDaniel to respond to the Senate GOP leader’s comments.
McDaniel initially responded by placing blame on the media, which she said “really distorted some of the language in the center" and added, "Legitimate political discourse never includes violence.” She later said that she believed that the House select committee had “gone beyond its scope.”