Miami’s Rep. Salazar got it right: Jan. 6 witnesses must tell the truth. Then, she went partisan | Editorial
Miami Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar told a TV interviewer over the weekend that anyone who called the congressional investigative panel on Jan. 6 to testify should show up and tell the truth.
Bravo! But then she screwed it up.
Given the GOP's inability -- or, let's face it, unwillingness -- when it comes to researching the facts of the Capitol attack, Salazar initially sounded positively reasonable, even statesmanlike.
She made the comments in a taped interview with NBC 6's Jackie Nespral that aired Sunday. In it, the first-term Republican from Miami, responding to a question about the Jan. 6 riots and the five members of the GOP House of Representatives who were facing subpoenas to testify, said, "No one is above the law and everyone who called and should go and tell the truth,” reports the Miami Herald.
She said she initially supported the establishment of a bipartisan independent commission of inquiry, although she later voted against it in its final form when it was passed in a mostly party-line vote in June 2021. In Sunday's interview, Salazar said she believes the commission is "in the hands of Democrats" but does not want to "cover anyone, Republican or Democrat."
Then, on Monday, she clarified that comment to the editor, saying, "Americans deserve to know exactly what happened before and on January 6th, and that's why I originally voted for a 10-person bipartisan commission that was evenly divided." consists of five Republicans and five Democrats.
“However, the current Special Committee is nothing more than a party show, which I have consistently opposed since its inception. These include the recent one-sided, purely politically motivated testimonies.”
Ah, there it is again, that partisan vitriol. We knew it was too good to last. Why has she backed away from her original, sane and refreshing support for the truth and therefore for the health of our democracy? In other words, who slapped her hand?
After all, her initial comments were exactly the kind of unfavorable truth-seeking that we desperately need at a time when so many politicians -- most notably former President Donald Trump -- have learned to repeat lies until they're firmly ingrained in much too many americans.
Politicians spread lies
Not only are we talking about the big lie that Trump actually won in 2020 — for the thousandth time he didn't — but also Gov. Ron DeSantis' claim that Florida's electoral integrity is so compromised that we need it an entire “election police force” to track down voter fraud. He successfully got taxpayers to pay for this boiled-down problem this year, though he said in 2020 that Florida's election was clean enough to serve as a model for other states.
Salazar has played her own role in promoting misinformation. On January 11, 2020, she commented on a radio show questioning the legitimacy of Pennsylvania's presidential election: "How is it possible that there are 200,000 more votes in Pennsylvania on Election Day than [voters] have in the electoral rolls? It's not possible." Those comments came after it was revealed that lies about widespread fraud during the election had fueled rioters who disrupted Congress' certification of the election results.
The story goes on
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