Former Rep. Pete King recently made an appearance on conservative news outlet Newsmax where he stated that “every Republican” needs to denounce the riots that took place on January 6 of this year, but then went on to slam House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her “stacked committee” called to investigate the incident.
“It was terrible. It’s indefensible,” the New York Republican stated during an interview on Newsmax’s “National Report” concerning the events at the Capitol. “On the other hand, we also have to look into what was done as far as safety precautions beforehand, and that’s why we need a real investigation. Not this. This is contrived.”
Several Republicans have dismissed the committee’s first day of testimony, when four police officers told members of Congress what they experienced on Jan. 6, as “political theater,” and King said that opinion is because the committee is not represented in a balanced way.
“(Reps.) Jim Banks and Jim Jordan provided the balance that is needed,” King stated, making a reference to the two GOP members that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy wanted on the panel but were rejected by Pelosi.
After Pelosi rejected Banks and Jordan, McCarthy pulled back his other picks for the committee. The speaker had already appointed Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and later added Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.advertisement — content continues below
Cheney and Kinzinger are vocal opponents of former President Donald Trump and voted to impeach him on charges of inciting an insurrection in connection with the Jan. 6 attacks.
King then went on to add that he believes the Democrats who are on the committee used the testimony of police officers to show the “sorrow and anguish of what happens to cops,” but during last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests they referred to law enforcement as “stormtroopers.”
“None of them came forward to defend the cops when they were being hit with bricks and rocks and being killed, being spat on all over the country from one end to the other during the race riots, the Black Lives Matter and the (race) riots of December 2020,” King stated.
“There’s some hypocrisy on this side, and that’s why I think people are calling it theater,” King concluded. “Having said that, we need a real investigation, not what’s going on now.”