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Widely respected George W. Bush administration official Condoleezza Rice has put a dent in the Jan. 6th obsession of the far-left hosts of “The View,” telling them that while the riot was “wrong,” it’s time to stop obsessing over it.
She made the remarks Wednesday while sticking up for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who’s facing backlash from the far-left for having told reporters on Tuesday that it’s time for Congress to focus on “the future and not the past.”
In other words, Congress needs to prioritize fixing the American people’s current ailments instead of obsessing over the Jan. 6th riot like, say, Rep. Liz Cheney.
.@LeaderMcConnell: “We need to be talking about the future and not the past…it’s my hope that the ’22 election will be a referendum on the performance of the current administration, not a rehash of suggestions about what may have happened in 2020.” pic.twitter.com/32FOIOilGE
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 19, 2021
Responding to the hosts’ condemnation of McConnell’s remarks, Rice responded by first reiterating her condemnation of the Jan. 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol.
“First of all, let me be very clear: I said at the time Jan. 6th was wrong. I called it an assault on law and order and an assault of democratic processes. So full stop, it was wrong. Law enforcement will determine what happened there, and those who violated the law ought to be punished,” she said.
“I also on Jan. 6th for the first time since I was the National Security Advisor on Sept. 11th, I cried that day, right, because I studied countries that do this. I didn’t think it would happen in my own country. So it was a terrible moment,” Rice added.
But she then reminded the notoriously negative hosts of “The View” that despite the riot, democracy still prevailed on the 6th.
“I will say that that night when they filed back into the Capitol after it was secured and they certified that election, I had new faith in our institutions and the people who were protecting them. So we came through that as a country that ultimately upheld the law,” she said.
#BREAKING from overnight:
VP Pence announces that Congress certifies the Electoral College votes for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
We’ll have full coverage of the proceedings from Capitol Hill, throughout the morning, on @GoodDayAtlanta#fox5 pic.twitter.com/0GGpx9DfYA
— FOX 5 Atlanta (@FOX5Atlanta) January 7, 2021
Rice then turned to McConnell’s call for a focus on the future, not the past.
“Now I think what Sen. McConnell may be referencing is, yes, it’s time to move on in a lot of ways. I’m one who believes that the American people are now concerned about their what we call kitchen table issues — the price of gasoline, inflation, what’s happening to their kids in school,” she said.
“And so we do have a lot of issues, and I hope that what we will do is move on to the next generation of leadership because even people like me, I was in Washington a total of 10 years … I shouldn’t go back. We ought to move on to the next generation,” she added.
Co-host Sunny Hostin then cut in to take another swipe at McConnell.
“Well, I think it’s really politically expedient for Mitch McConnell to say let’s move on, especially when the former twice-impeached, disgraced president enjoys attacking Mitch McConnell. But the problem is that past will become prologue if we don’t find out exactly what happened in January,” she said.
“And we will find out, but I’m going to tell you, I live in California, not Washington, D.C. And the American people do have other concerns that we ought to be thinking about and talking about,” Rice promptly responded before being cut off.
“Respectfully, madam secretary …,” Hostin tried to say, prompting Rice to snap at her.
“Well, let me finish, Sunny! Because as I said, I thought this would happen in countries I studied, not countries that I lived. Our institutions have to be upheld. What happened on Jan. 6th was wrong,” the former Bush-era official again reiterated.
“I don’t know how much more strongly I can say what happened on Jan. 6th was wrong. I also know that as a government and as a country, we’ve got to be concerned about the things that are making life hard for Americans and hard for American families. And that’s what I’m ready to do,” she added.
(To be clear, what’s “making life hard for Americans” appears to be the policies of current President Joe Biden.)
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 18, 2021
Before Rice could finish speaking, Hostin cut in again, saying, “But when you have 80 percent of Republicans wanting to see Trump running …”
Hilariously enough, Rice again quickly cut her off.
“You know what!? I’m a political scientist, all right, and unless I could see the questions that were actually in that poll, unless I could see the assumptions that were actually in that poll, I’m not going to take for granted that that poll is correct,” she said.
Her statement was likely based on the known fact that pollsters, who like the media tend to lean left, have a habit of purposefully wording poll questions in a way that’ll produce certain results (results almost always beneficial to Democrats).
Political issue polls are useless and the results are based on how the questions are worded, part 7,341.
Seriously, this reconciliation poll queston is laughable. https://t.co/xjyKIOvZru
— Brian Riedl 🧀 (@Brian_Riedl) October 2, 2021
I am going to commission a poll:
“Do you seriously believe that the way poll questions are worded doesn’t have a significant impact on the outcome of the poll?!”
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) April 22, 2021
“So Quinnipiac, you don’t believe in?” Hostin then condescendingly asked.
“Uh, no! I said I’m a political scientist. I understand polls,” Rice promptly replied.
The discussion then moved on to other topics from there.
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