Fact Check: A Week of Cheeky Republican Dishonesty
It all happened this week. And that’s not all that happened.
More than three months after the departure of President Donald Trump, members of his party continue to make the kinds of extremely dishonest claims for which Trump himself was known. Here’s a quick round-up of some of the false and misleading claims that Republicans in Congress have made this week.
The legitimacy of the election
Who stormed the Capitol
We cannot speak for the political views of every participant, especially because not everyone involved has been publicly identified. But there is no doubt that this was a riot overwhelmingly carried out by Trump fans.
An armed insurrection
Here are some false and misleading Republican claims that we verified in previous articles this week:
- Texas Senator Ted Cruz made a false statement that Democrats were deliberately trying to register undocumented immigrants to vote.
- Stefanik falsely claimed that April’s jobs report was the worst jobs report in over 20 years.
- Georgia Representative Andrew Clyde said that while there was an “unruly crowd” at the Capitol on January 6, some footage showed people walking through the building in an orderly manner reminiscent of “a normal sightseeing tour.” .
- Deceptively downplaying Trump’s role in the riot turmoil, Georgia Representative Jody Hice said the Capitol was “violated before individuals could get there” as a result of Trump’s speech nearby.