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Republican Revision Of Jan. 6 Insurrection And More To Discuss With Ken Rudin

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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, at a news conference before a hearing by a select committee appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the Jan. 6 insurrection. Pelosi said there was "no way" Jordan would be on the committee due to his past remarks and actions.

The Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins Cincinnati Edition for a full hour.

The Jan. 6 insurrection by a pro-Trump mob that breached the Capitol resulted in the deaths of five people and injuries of more than 140.

More than 500 people have been charged with crimes.

The commission assembled at the U.S. Congress to investigate the insurrection met for the first time Tuesday, during which members heard harrowing testimony from Capitol police officers who were on the front lines.

"Us four officers, we would do January 6 all over again," said Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn. "We wouldn't stay home because we knew it was going to happen. We would show up. That's courageous, that's heroic. So what I asked from you all is to get to the bottom of what happened."

But that testimony was mocked by right-wing media, and the events of Jan. 6 have since been downplayed by many in the Republican Party.

"My point of view is what happened on January 6 was reprehensible," says Political Junkie Ken Rudin. "The House had an opportunity to vote for an independent bipartisan commission that would look into the origins of what happened. The Republicans blocked that. The Republicans said we're not doing this. The reason is because it will embarrass the Republican Party. It would embarrass President Trump. And that's not what the Republican Party wants going into the 2022 midterms, so they voted against it."

On Cincinnati Edition, we talk about the Congressional investigation, along with the politicization of COVID-19 vaccines as positive cases rise, and for many, masks return.

Those topics and more with the Political Junkie Ken Rudin and Northern Kentucky University Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Ryan Salzman.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.