Republican Representative Jim Jordan appeared on numerous right-wing news outlets on the days leading up to the Capitol Hill riots whipping Trump supporters into a frenzy by repeating the Big Lie that the 2020 election had been “stolen” because decidedly not “fraudulent” votes had been counted. On the morning of the riot he texted White House Chief-of-Staff Mark Meadows urging him to instruct Vice President Pence to throw out the votes democratically elected Biden electors so that Trump might prevail in the Electoral College vote and subvert American Democracy. Cassidy Hutchinson, Meadows’ number one aide, testified to the January 6th Committee that Jordan had extensive knowledge of Trump’s machinations, and Jordan himself has defied a subpoena to appear to testify before that committee for 500 days.
And yet a PBS reporter seems shocked when Democratic Whip Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, the number two Democrat in the House, calls out Jordan as an insurrectionist.
I can’t find video of the interaction, but below is some reporting on it:
“Democrats are standing firm in their refusal to bail out the House Republican majority as it struggles to elect a new speaker 10 days after booting Rep. Kevin McCarthy.
They’re also dialing up the rhetoric against the GOP’s new nominee for speaker, prominent Donald Trump ally Jim Jordan of Ohio, blasting him as an insurrectionist, election denier and extremist.
“House Republicans have selected as their nominee to be the speaker of the people’s House the chairman of the chaos caucus, a defender in a dangerous way of dysfunction, and an extremist extraordinaire,” House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., said Friday on the steps of the Capitol, flanked by dozen of Democratic lawmakers. “His focus has been on peddling lies and conspiracy theories and driving division amongst the American people.”
House Minority Whip Katherine Clark, D-Mass., labeled Jordan an “insurrectionist” and said he would be on a glide path to becoming speaker if not for the unified opposition of Democrats.
“He was directly involved in the right-wing coup that sought to overturn the 2020 election,” she said, referring to Jordan and the 147 congressional Republicans who objected to certifying presidential election results on Jan. 6, 2021.
“Every Republican who cast their vote for him is siding with an insurrectionist against our democracy,” Clark said.“
And here is the Tweet of the PBS reporter, Lisa Desjardins, recounting Clark’s remarks and asking what “specific evidence and logic” she had for calling a kettle black.
Her tweet got over 2,000 incredulous responses:
Did you watch the J6 hearings at all?https://t.co/55vaL456IY
— Sko Hayes (@skohayes) October 14, 2023
I'm shocked that you're shocked. https://t.co/i1I4fQMlsN
— Kim Wilson (@KimWilsonAuthor) October 14, 2023
Well, Kim, Lisa doesn’t get out much.
Huh? Where were you Jan 6? Did you read his email to Meadows on Jan 5??? He was an active "plotter". Begged for a pardon. Here's another reality check…he would share any confidential info to Trump. Be a pipeline. Gym cannot be trusted. A traitor.
— Peggy Gabour (@peggy_gabour) October 14, 2023
💯 💯 💯
— 🧡🕊MYSTIC🕊🧡💥I AM JACK'S INDICTMENTS 💥 (@MDomino07) October 14, 2023
Did you seriously just post that pic.twitter.com/tC0qMe3h52
— Rhonda Harbison (@rhonda_harbison) October 14, 2023
Yes, yes she did.
Liz Cheney sure seemed to think Jordan’s lies contributed to the insurrection. And if the GOP elects him as Speaker, he’ll be in the line of succession. pic.twitter.com/NHYVMa8OI0
— Emily A. ☮️ (@emzorbit) October 14, 2023
Tell it like it is, Liz.
It is telling that a PBS reporter is so completely ignorant of Jordan’s involvement in the coup that she asks a democratic lawmaker to explain to her what she should already know.
And the rest of the press continues to report on the battle for the Speakership as if it is just business as usual.
We can only point out this madness and hope that the sizable group of GOP representatives who have no desire to give Trump the keys to the House and place themselves in his pocket continue to oppose Jordan.
The future of our nation, and quite possibly the Republican Party, is in their hands.