Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., disagreed with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s depiction of Jan. 6, 2021 as a “violent insurgency,” saying the rally at the US Capitol should be dubbed a “riot.”
On Wednesday, Rubio allegedly told NewsNation, “There was no way they were going to topple the government of the United States.”
“It was a complete ruckus. It was a potentially deadly riot. It was a bloodbath. It should never have occurred in the first place, and it should never happen again. However, I do not believe that the public should be persuaded to believe that the administration is about to be overthrown.”
He criticized the government and the Biden administration for portraying the incident as a direct attack from the American people.
Rubio’s remarks come a day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., described the Capitol siege as an insurgency, according to Newsweek.
Former President Donald Trump and his followers have been roundly chastised by McConnell for their purported participation in the events of January 6.
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He spoke out against the Republican National Convention’s decision to reprimand Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) for their work on the select House committee probing the Capitol hack on Tuesday.
“It was a violent insurgency aimed at preventing a peaceful transition of power following a legally recognized election,” McConnell said. “That was the case. The question here is whether the RNC should single out members of our party who hold differing viewpoints from the majority. The RNC isn’t in charge of it.”
During an appearance on CBS News’ Face the Nation on Sunday, Rubio described the Jan. 6 committee as “nothing but a political tool created to go out and trash and attack and get their hands on as many persons as they can.”
Another reason, according to Rubio, why the uprising on Jan. 6 should not be called an insurgency is that Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election was later certified by Congress.
“They were able to delay the vote count by a few hours,” he claimed, “but in no way, shape, or form did we ever get near to those individuals leading to the overthrow of the government of the United States of America.”