Nearly 150 Republican officials and leaders from across the U.S., including former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and former Reps. Leonard Lance and Rodney Frelinghuysen, signed on to a letter slamming the Republican National Committee for censuring Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for investigating the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
“The Republican National Committee made clear that it would rather be the ‘Big Lie’ party than the ‘Big Ten’ party by condemning two principled elected leaders while condoning conspiracies, lies, and violent insurrection,” the GOP leaders said in a letter organized by the Renew America Movement.
The signatories include three former U.S. Senators, three ex-Governors, 25 former House members, and alumni of the Reagan, Bush and Trump administrations.
Whitman, Lance, Frelinghuysen and others referred to the RNC narrative that January 6 was a “legitimate political discourse” as an “affront to the rule of law, peaceful self-government, and the constitutional order.”
“There can be no justifying the horrific attack that day, and we condemn the Committee for excusing the actions of men and women who battered police officers, ransacked our nation’s capital, called for hanging the Vice President of the United States, and sought to overturn a free and fair election,” the letter said.
Renew America Movement is head by Miles Taylor, a former U.S. Department of Homeland Security chief of staff who was the anonymous author of a much-publicized 2018 New York Times essay, “I am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.”
“History will mark this censure as a turning point for the RNC – a time of choosing between civility and patriotism, on the one hand, and conspiracy and political violence on the other,” Whitman, Lance, Frelinghuysen and others wrote. “We stand firmly for the first set of values.”
The group pledged to stand with Cheney and Kinzinger “united against efforts to defile our democracy.”
“The RNC has also signaled that it no longer welcomes people of conscience,” they said.
In New Jersey, GOP State Chairman Bob Hugin and Republican National Committeeman Bill Palatucci have both said they voted against the resolution at the national party meeting last week in Salt Lake City.
“We should be proud of Bob Hugin and Bill Palatucci. If we are to win statewide as Republicans we must first win the trust of the majority of voters in New Jersey,” State Sen. Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) said on Twitter. “Bill and Bob were willing to take steps in that direction by voting against the RNC resolution.”