We offer kudos to state Representative Bill Post, and 22 other Republican House members, who released a statement last week in response to loony resolution from the Oregon Republican Party labeling the January 6 U.S. Capitol takeover a “false flag” operation.
Conspiracy theories have flown fast and furious since the January 6 siege that resulted in the deaths of five people, including a Capitol police officer. First-hand reports, smartphone camera video and news footage tells the story of what happend on January 6 and by whom.
Yet, the Oregon Republican Party’s resolution said the “violence was a “false flag” operation designed to discredit President Trump, his supporters and all conservative Republicans.” It added (this provided) the sham motivation to impreach President Trump.”
Cooler and more sensible heads prevailed in the House of Representatives’ Republican caucus; the 23 members were having no part of what the Oregon Republican Party was pushing. That was a move that was both necessary and admirable.
A statement released by the House Republicans on Jan. 27, said “[E]lected House Republicans are focused on representng our constituents. Oregon is in crisis. Vaccines are not going to our most vulnerable, our students are still not in a safe classroom setting, main street businesses are in a tailspin, our health data is a mess and here we are, talking about a political resolution. There is no credible evidence to support false flag claims.”
That is a strong rebuke. It would be nice if the Republicans in the state Senate would take the same step.