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Elise Stefanik Deletes Her Own 2021 Statement Calling For January 6 Prosecutions Amid Criticism

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a prominent figure in the Republican Party and a potential running mate for former President Donald Trump in the 2024 election, recently deleted a 2021 statement from her website that had called for the prosecution of individuals involved in the January 6 Capitol riot.

Criticism From Liz Cheney

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This move followed criticism from former Rep. Liz Cheney, who characterized the statement as a “rare moment of honesty” for Stefanik.

Cheney’s Critique and Deletion of the Statement

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In a tweet from her official account, Liz Cheney questioned Stefanik’s shift in stance and highlighted the deletion of the statement from Stefanik’s website.

Brief Moment of Clarity

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Cheney referred to it as a moment when Stefanik had displayed honesty, adding that Stefanik would need to explain her apparent transformation.
Cheney also shared a screenshot of the deleted statement, encouraging her followers to share it.

Stefanik’s 2021 Statement on January 6

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In the now-deleted statement, Stefanik said, “This is a tragic day for America. I fully condemn the dangerous violence and destruction that occurred today at the United States Capitol,”

Violence Is Un-American

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She continued, “Americans have a Constitutional right to protest and freedom of speech, but violence in any form is absolutely unacceptable and ant-American.”

Must Be Prosecuted

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She wrote further, “The perpetrators of this un-American violence and destruction must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Thank you to the United States Capitol Police, all law enforcement, the National Guard and the bipartisan professional staff of the United States Capitol for protecting the People’s House and the American people.”

Shifting Terminology: From Perpetrators to “Hostages”

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Rep. Stefanik’s position on the January 6 defendants has evolved significantly since 2021. She now refers to them as “hostages.”

Censure Resolution

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This change in rhetoric has raised concerns among some fellow lawmakers, including Rep. Dan Goldman, a Democrat from New York, who filed a censure resolution against Stefanik.
He deemed her rhetoric a dangerous culmination.

Possible Political Motives for Deletion

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It is suggested that Stefanik may have removed the statement from her website to align herself more closely with Donald Trump.
As Trump gains substantial support in the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary, positioning himself as a frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, the selection of a running mate becomes crucial.

“Hostages” Used By Trump

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Trump himself has employed the term “hostages” about January 6 rioters and has pledged potential pardons if reelected.
Over 1,200 arrests have been made in connection to the Capitol insurrection, with nearly 800 individuals charged and facing guilty pleas or convictions.

The Ongoing Debate Surrounding January 6 Defendants

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The controversy surrounding the prosecution and terminology used for the January 6 defendants reflects the broader debate within the Republican Party about the events of that day and their consequences.
As the 2024 election approaches, these issues will likely continue shaping the political landscape.

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