Trump Attacks 'Wayward Republicans,' Praises Democrats for Sticking Together

Former President Donald Trump slammed the 35 House Republican lawmakers that voted with Democrats to approve the January 6 commission, while also praising Democrats for sticking together.

The bill to establish a commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was approved by a vote of 252-175 on Wednesday. Although GOP leaders have opposed the proposed commission, 35 Republicans voted in favor of the bill—which Democrats negotiated with Representative John Katko, a New York Republican.

"See, 35 wayward Republicans—they just can't help themselves," Trump wrote on his new personal blog, From the Desk of Donald J. Trump. "We have much better policy and are much better for the Country, but the Democrats stick together, the Republicans don't," he added, praising the unity of the Democratic Party.

"They don't have the Romney's, Little Ben Sasse's, and Cheney's of the world. Unfortunately, we do. Sometimes there are consequences to being ineffective and weak," Trump threatened. "The voters understand!"

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GOP Senators Mitt Romney of Utah and Ben Sasse of Nebraska have repeatedly condemned Trump and voted "guilty" at the conclusion of his Senate impeachment trial in February. Representative Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, voted in favor of Trump's impeachment in the House and has gone on to become one of his most vocal critics.

Trump's criticism and the 35 GOP lawmakers voting in favor of the commission again highlights the ongoing tensions within the Republican Party. A vocal minority of Republican lawmakers are staunchly opposed to Trump and his leadership, particularly in the wake of the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Meanwhile, Republican leaders—especially within the House of Representatives—have largely aligned themselves with the former president.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, both expressed opposition to the legislation establishing a January 6 commission. McCarthy argued that the commission would be "duplicative" of ongoing law enforcement efforts and would potentially be "counter-productive." McConnell shared similar criticism, saying this week that "it's not at all clear what new facts or additional investigation yet another commission could lay on top of the existing efforts by law enforcement and Congress."

Katko has pushed back against the criticism of the bill he negotiated with Democrats, however.

"The January 6 attack was a completely preventable failure of intelligence, information-sharing, decision-making and preparedness," the GOP congressman said during a Wednesday House floor speech. "The Capitol Police and DC police suffered greatly and continue to suffer as a result."

"This is about facts, it's not about partisan politics," he added.

Katko was one of 10 House Republicans who joined with Democrats in voting to impeach Trump following the events of January 6. The former president was impeached for inciting some of his supporters to attack the Capitol as the results of the 2020 presidential election were being certified. Ahead of the riot, Trump urged his supporters to "march" to the Capitol and "fight like hell" to keep him in office. Despite the violence of that day and his second impeachment, Trump continues to promote baseless claims and conspiracy theories about the most recent presidential election.

Newsweek reached out to Katko's press representative for further comment but did not hear back in time for publication.