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Opinion: Republicans, expel anyone who supports the rioters

January 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Protesters supporting U.S. President Donald Trump break into the U.S. Capitol on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. Pro-Trump protesters entered the U.S. Capitol building during demonstrations in the nation's capital. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Dean Obeidallah writes that it's time for the Republicans to put country before party by joining in impeaching and removing Trump and either expelling or deradicalizing the extremists in the party. "That would send a clear message to all that any elected official involved in an insurrection will swiftly be removed from office."

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released Friday asked respondents, "Do you support or oppose the protesters who broke into the U. S. Capitol while Congress met to certify the Electoral College votes from the 2020 presidential election?" Jaw-droppingly, 22% of Republicans said they supported the protesters.

A Marist/PBS poll released Friday backed up the Reuters findings, noting that 18% of Republicans said they support "the actions" of those who broke into the Capitol.

For example, staunch Trump supporter Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who amplified Trump's lies about election fraud and even after the violence at the Capitol, still voted against the certification of Biden's victory in two battleground states.

GOP leaders like Jordan, McCarthy, Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz and others should be taking the lead in helping identify the Trump supporters who attacked our Capitol by reviewing pictures from this incident to see if they recognize them.

One way is for GOP leaders to declare with one voice that Republican officials who express any support for the insurrection should be removed from office.

Not only has the FBI said there was no indication that antifa members were involved in the violence, these new polls confirm that an alarming chunk of Republicans support the attack.

If GOP leaders sincerely want unity, the road map is clear: Hold all involved in this violence -- including Trump -- fully accountable and remove all within the GOP who support it.

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