The U.S. House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress passed into law the creation of a commission to investigate the incidents on Jan. 6 when thousands of Trump supporters were peacefully demonstrating in front of the Capitol and some forcibly stormed inside the Congressional precinct.
In the vote that ended 252-175 in favor of creating the commission, 35 Republicans voted in favor, many of whom have previously voted in favor of the impeachment of former President Trump and who are considered ‘rebels’ as Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy openly expressed his opposition to such a commission.
The controversy revolves around the differential treatment of Trump supporters compared to protesters who also acted violently, such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter. Still, no such crackdown has been taken by law enforcement and Democratic officials.
With legislation, each party would select five commissioners with national security and law enforcement experience to investigate the security deficiencies that allowed protesters to penetrate the Capitol building in an attempt to disrupt the certification of election results.
According to the New York Post, government officials from the current administration would be barred from participating in the commission and would be required to submit a report making recommendations to prevent a similar event from occurring at the end of the year.
The commission’s points of controversy
Georgia Representative and vocal Trump supporter Marjorie Greene used her time in yesterday’s vote to express why the commission should not be created.
Following the death in police custody of George Floyd, thousands of violent protests that ended in looting, deaths, and property damage spread across the country.
Greene listed the damage in New York and Philadelphia, Portland, and other cities and the costs these generated and questioned the characterization of these riots compared to those of Jan. 6.
“Protests in Kansas City resulted in $2.1 million in damages, mostly over the course of one weekend. Several officers were injured as well. Protests cost the police department about $1.5 million in overtime,” said Georgia Rep.
“BLM protests in Nashville set a federal courthouse on fire,” she said, “the destruction is estimated to have cost $1.2 million in damages. Again, is that an insurrection?” asked Greene.
“We should have a commission to study the violent Antifa and BLM mobs that have plagued American cities this past summer. And that’s for the American people, who by the way, pay the taxes that fund everything we do here,” the congresswoman asserted.
The soft hand of law enforcement and even the approval of some Democratic officials for the protests create an important contrast in how the Capitol protesters were treated.
“While it’s catch-and-release for Antifa and BLM, the people who breached the Capitol on Jan. 6 are being abused,” said Greene, who also spoke of the poor conditions they are detained in. Meanwhile, district attorneys from Portland to New York have refused to prosecute protesters and rioters who caused the damage in the name of “fighting racism.”
The Senate—the next step
Republican minority leader Mitchel McConnell expressed his disapproval of creating such a commission. The Democrats would have to get two-thirds or 60 votes to pass it, so it is considered that the measure would die in the Senate.
Donald Trump also chided the measure.
“It is just more partisan unfairness and unless the murders, riots, and fire bombings in Portland, Minneapolis, Seattle, Chicago, and New York are also going to be studied, this discussion should be ended immediately,” said the former president who has huge support in the party.
He added: “Republicans must get much tougher and much smarter, and stop being used by the Radical Left. Hopefully, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy are listening!”