Already angry that the refusal by some Republicans to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 was endangering lives, Democrats now see the GOP as directly putting lawmaker lives on the line with dangerous rhetoric that feeds outlandish conspiracy theories.
“It’s impossible for us to not look at them in a different light,” Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) said of the 139 Republicans who voted to reverse the election results…
“It’s an improbable situation because these are the people that tried to undermine our government. And they may be no less guilty than the people who attacked the Capitol,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.).
“It is going to be much harder to work across the aisle,” echoed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who blamed some GOP lawmakers for endangering her.
“Even the aftermath of the sixth, there were [GOP] members that were kind of deliberately advancing falsehoods about my location, and then turning around and saying, ‘I’d love for us to work together sometime,’ ” she added. “This is very serious. Many members of Congress nearly died. … So, the idea that people just want to pretend that that has no impact on their ability to work is quite shocking, I think, and absurd.”