That all happened this week. And that wasn’t all that happened.
More than three months after President Donald Trump left office, members of his party continue to utter the kind of wildly dishonest claims that Trump himself was known for. Here is a quick roundup of some of the false and misleading claims Republicans in Congress made this week.
The legitimacy of the election
Who stormed the Capitol
We can’t speak for the political views of every single participant, especially because not everyone involved has been publicly identified. But there’s no question that this was a riot overwhelmingly perpetrated by Trump fans.
An armed insurrection
Here are some false and misleading Republican claims we fact checked in previous articles this week:
- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made the false claim about Democrats deliberately trying to register undocumented immigrants to vote.
- Stefanik falsely claimed that the jobs report for April was the worst jobs report in over 20 years.
- Georgia Rep. Andrew Clyde said that while there was an “undisciplined mob” at the Capitol on January 6, some footage showed people walking through the building in an orderly fashion reminiscent of “a normal tourist visit.”
- Misleadingly minimizing Trump’s role in stirring up the riot, Georgia Rep. Jody Hice said the Capitol was “breached before individuals could have gotten there” from Trump’s nearby speech.