In response to the Republican National Committee’s censure of Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) for participating in the House select committee’s investigation of the January 6 attack, accusing them of “persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse,” the bipartisan National Council on Election Integrity issued the following statement:
“As Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) correctly stated in the wake of the action taken by the Republican National Committee, America witnessed a violent and deadly insurrection on January 6, 2021, that sought to prevent a peaceful transfer of power following the result of a safe and secure election. To suggest that such conduct has a place in our discourse is both repugnant and wrong.
“Sen. McConnell is right in his assessment, and we call on other Republicans to follow his lead by working to build back trust in the integrity of our elections and push back against the disinformation that was a key driver for what happened on January 6. Any effort to undermine the credibility of our election processes must be rejected. We remain committed to strengthening our elections and to ensuring that every American’s vote is fairly counted. It is time that Republicans and Democrats come together to pass reforms to improve our elections, including protecting poll workers and election officials from threats of violence, updating the Electoral Count Act, and affirming that voters decide elections, not politicians or partisan actors.
“The will of the people must be protected and respected. We must not allow the events of January 6 to occur on our soil again.”