As House Republicans get ready to be in the majority again, they, unlike their softer-spined and weaker-kneed RINO colleagues in the Senate, are preparing to start flexing that power a bit and using it to take on people like Nasty Nancy Pelosi.
Particularly, when it comes to Nancy Pelosi, at least, the new GOP majority wants to attack her in a way that shifts the message on January 6th and shows that Trump is hardly the one to blame for what happened on that day.
Rep. Jim Jordan, who will become the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee come January, said as much when speaking to Just the News, saying “The reason there wasn’t a proper security presence on that day goes right to the Speaker’s staff and the Speaker’s office.”
Similarly, Rep. Troy Nehls of Texas told Just the News that January 6th “never should have happened.” According to Nehls, the National Guard was prepared to deploy for the day and help keep things peaceful and stop them from getting out of hand, but the National Guard was never summoned to the Capitol. Discussing what a former National Guard commander told him about that situation, Rep. Nehls said:
“He said if his men would have been here, January 4, then January 6 would have never ever happened. As for Nancy Pelosi, you do have questions that that you need to answer.…Nancy, we’ll get you and we’ll fly you back from Italy once you’re the ambassador.”
Additionally, Rep. Nehls noted that the Capitol security forces were not at all prepared for trouble and suggested that that was because some involved wanted an incident that would make Republicans look bad to happen, saying:
“It’s almost like there were individuals within the current administration that wanted this to happen. All the intelligence was there, and what did they have? What did they have? They had bicycle racks. … A bicycle rack couldn’t keep your cat in your yard.”
Connecting the dots between Pelosi, the National Guard, and the lack of preparations for the day was Rep. Jordan, who said that the GOP had uncovered evidence that her office was communicating with the House Sergeant at Arms about what to expect and what preparations to make, which ended up meaning the National Guard was not summoned. In his words:
“As you go back and look at the communications, there’s this pattern that develops where the sergeant of arms was meeting with Pelosi’s staff. For many of those meetings, Republican staff wasn’t allowed to be there. But they had this pattern where everything had to be run through her office and her staff before the sergeant of arms can make a decision.”
We’ll see if the GOP can succeed in shifting the narrative surrounding January 6th and foist it onto Pelosi’s lap rather than Trump’s. At the very least, they might succeed in making Nasty Nancy look even worse and more incompetent than she already does, particularly if they’re able to drag her through hearing after hearing over the incident.