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Politics Condoleezza Rice on Jan. 6: Americans have 'other concerns we should be talking about'

23:10  20 october  2021
23:10  20 october  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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Condoleezza Rice looking at the camera: Condoleezza Rice on Jan. 6: Americans have 'other concerns we should be talking about' © Getty Images Condoleezza Rice on Jan. 6: Americans have 'other concerns we should be talking about'

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday suggested that Americans have "concerns" other than talking about the riot led by supporters of former President Trump that took place at the Capitol on Jan. 6 amid the congressional probe into the incident.

"Our institutions have to be upheld," Rice said Wednesday while appearing as a guest host on ABC's "The View."

"What happened on January 6th was wrong. I don't know how much more strongly I can say that what happened on January 6 was wrong. I also know that as a government and as a country, we've got to be concerned about the things that are making life hard for Americans and hard for American families."

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The American people "do have other concerns we should be talking about," Rice added.

Sony Hostin, one of the show's co-hosts, interjected by saying that an overwhelming majority of Republican voters have indicated in polling they'd like to see Trump run again in 2024.

"Unless I can see the questions that were in that poll, unless I can see the assumptions that were in that poll, I'm not going to take for granted that that poll is correct," Rice responded.

Trump and his allies have defended the people who were involved in the attack on the Capitol and have described the event as "peaceful."

Rice, a Republican who served as head of the state department under former President George W. Bush and now runs the Hoover Institution, said she hopes to see the GOP moving forward with new leaders that "step up and those of us who have been there and done that step back, and move on to a better America."

Congress earlier this year established a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack and find out to what extent, if any, Trump's White House played a role in fanning the flames of the violence that broke out that day.

Trump-loyal Republicans in Congress have dismissed the probe as political and Trump's legal team has refused to cooperate with congressional investigators, citing executive privilege.

On Tuesday night, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack voted unanimously to refer former Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon to the Justice Department for criminal charges after he refused to provide documents to the committee or appear for a slated deposition.

Who Gets to Ask to “Move On” From Jan. 6 .
Only a certain type of politician can ask for this.“Time to move on” has unsurprisingly come to represent the bulk of the GOP response to Donald Trump’s actions, both while he was in office and after. “Let’s move past this” was the best response to the behaviors that triggered both the first and second impeachments, and the behaviors that helped foment an insurrection at the Capitol that continue to undermine public confidence in the vote. “Let us look forward, not backward,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said on the House floor during the debate over Trump’s second impeachment, last January. “Let us come together, not apart.

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