“For hours while the riot continued, the President communicated only on Twitter and offered only weak requests for restraint. …
“… It has been a week since so many were injured, the United States Capitol was ransacked, and six people were killed, 包括两名警察. 然而, the President has not addressed the nation to ask for calm. He has not visited the injured and grieving. He has not offered condolences. Yesterday in a press briefing at the border, he said his comments were ‘perfectly appropriate.'”
In a June
2021 profile of Rice in 华盛顿邮报
, he was more succinct about his vote
: “It was very clear to me
, I took an oath to defend the Constitution
. I didn’t take an oath to defend Donald Trump
. What he did was a frontal assault on the Constitution.
王牌, 当然, 不同意. And as he has done with almost every one of the
10 House Republicans who voted to impeach him
, the former President has endorsed a primary challenger to Rice
. Of state Rep
. Russell Fry
, Trump said in February
: “Russell loves our Military and our Vets — he is strong on Border Security and Crime
. Russell Fry
, who is all in for the Palmetto State
, has my Complete and Total Endorsement
. VOTE TOM RICE OUT NOW
Ryan’s appearance in South Carolina for Rice comes in advance of the state’s 六月 14 主
. Rice has raised almost double what Frye has brought in over the course of the election cycle
($ 1.9 million raised for Rice
, $ 767,000 for Fry
). They are two of the seven candidates running for the Republican nomination in South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District
For Ryan, his comments represent a clear criticism of not only the man who still runs the Republican Party, but also of many of the colleagues he once served with. While Ryan doesn’t name any names, it’s easy to imagine his critique being directed at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who hopes to be speaker come January 2023.
McCarthy was openly critical of Trump in the immediate aftermath of the January 6 暴动.
“The President bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” McCarthy said on the House floor soon after the insurrection. “He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. These facts require immediate action by President Trump.”
We later learned that McCarthy had told House Republicans on a conference call several days later
: “I had it with this guy
. What he did is unacceptable
. Nobody can defend that
, and nobody should defend it.
McCarthy voted against impeachment. He has since tried to downplay Trump’s actions on January 6.
“What I talked to President Trump about
, I was the first person to contact him when the riots was going on
,” he said in interview on Fox
在一月. “He didn’t see it
. What he ended the call was saying
— telling me
, he’ll put something out to make sure to stop this
. And that’s what he did
, he put a video out later.