“Extremist House Republicans have only spread more lies to obstruct the truth about their role in January 6th, and have further welcomed violence into Congress by recruiting insurrectionists,” DCCC Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney, a New York Democrat, said in a statement. “Their dangerous far-right extremism is at fault for this assault that nearly robbed us of our democracy, and Democrats will make sure voters know it.”
“Look at what people are focused on, it’s really focused on what impacts their family, inflation, their schools and public safety, stuff like that,” said Florida Sen. Rick Scott, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “I think that’s what the election is going to be about.”
Asked if he believes the election will turn on voters’ feelings about January 6, Scott said: “No,” before adding, “Look, what happened was bad. I was here. It’s despicable that people would break into a Capitol.”
Democratic operatives say they can talk about both the economy and the insurrection, arguing it’s not an either-or proposition. They believe that yoking Republicans to January 6 is in fact harmful to the GOP in key suburban battleground districts, where moderate and independent voters have been turned off by Trump’s behavior. And even if it weren’t politically beneficial, Democrats argue they have an obligation to the country — and the constitution — to continue beating the January 6 drum.
“The stakes are clear — while Democrats fight for hardworking Americans and families, House Republicans are catering to extremists and insurrectionists and are too dangerous to be in charge of Washington,” the DCCC memo states. “Republicans’ far-right extremism and sinister politics has gone beyond divisive to downright dangerous, and there’s no way House Republicans can escape blame for their part in the January 6th attack.”
There are signs that Republicans see disadvantages to having the insurrection front and center, with most of the party planning a low-key approach to the anniversary.
“We were alarmed by the growing conventional wisdom in our party that we should stop talking about Trump — alarmed by that and what was happening to our country,” Mandy Grunwald, a longtime Democratic consultant involved in the effort, told CNN.
CNN’s Edward-Isaac Dovere contributed to this report.