(CNSNews.com) – Enough talk about the January 6th breach of the U.S. Capitol, says Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.).
He told Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” it wasn’t a peaceful protect, nor was it the end of democracy as we know it:
Cramer noted that only members of Congress and their staffs were supposed to be in the Capitol on that day:
“So there’s not a single person who’s completely innocent of wrongdoing. But not everybody that day is at the same level of crime. Five hundred and eighteen, by the way, have confessed to committing crimes that day. Four hundred and twenty have been prosecuted and sentenced. So clearly, it wasn’t a peaceful protest.
“That’s not to say that the vast majority of them don’t have regret, or they didn’t understand the severity of what they were doing or the severity of what some other people were doing. I do think it’s unfair to put them all in the same bucket.
“I’ve never felt like democracy is actually in trouble. We survived a Civil War. We’re going to survive this as well. What frustrates me as much as anything, Chuck, is that we’re talking about it again. Here we had the January 6th Commission wrap up its work — mostly people not caring or paying any attention. It was very partisan, to say the least.
“And here we were, moving forward. We should be talking about the southern border, as you were discussing. We should be talking about China and the challenge it possesses, and talking about inflation and a budget that drives up deficits forever. And those are — those are winning arguments for Republicans. Not re-litigating January 6th.”
Chuck Todd invited Cramer to opine on Fox News, given the recent release of internal communications among Fox News hosts that Fox’s competitors have used to discredit the entire news organization.
“Well, first of all, I don’t confuse my job with anybody at Fox News, and least of all the entertainers in prime time,” Cramer said:
“That’s not to say they don’t add some value. I don’t confuse Tucker Carlson with Bret Baier, or Dana Perino, or Bill Hemmer any more than I confuse some of the MSNBC personalities with what you do on Sunday mornings. I just think that there’s just way too much entertainment out there.
“What I do regret probably as much as anything about the release of the 41,000 hours (of January 6th video) is it was released to one person in primetime (Tucker Carlson) who is, you know, rather sensational in his approach, and rather than just releasing it to everybody.
“I think transparency absolutely is the best way to go. I think Kevin McCarthy’s right to do it. I just wish he would’ve released it to everybody at the same time.”
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