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Lemon: Pelosi not letting ‘crazy’ GOP on J6 panel was the right move

On Thursday night on CNN’s Don Lemon Tonight, host Don Lemon brought in former Ohio Governor and Republican “Never Trump” John Kasich to discuss the ongoing partisan hearings of the Jan. 6 committee.

Things took an unexpected turn when Kasich showed some skepticism about the partisan makeup of the committee members. He wondered “would it have been better if Pelosi had allowed McCarthy to nominate Republicans.”

Kasich added that “it would have been disruptive, but would it have created an atmosphere where people who say now that I’m not going to watch this, it’s just kangaroo court, would it have been better if we really had a bipartisan committee there even though you would have spoilers because that’s what empowered Watergate.

After recounting the story of the Watergate hearings and how the Republicans on the committee ultimately turned on President Richard Nixon, Lemon became angry and chided Kasich, “Do you want an answer to that? I know that was rhetorical.

Citron replied “no. It’s not 1973.” He complained that Pelosi “offered them the opportunity to put sane Republicans on the committee, and he declined. She offered him the opportunity to really do whatever he wanted. wanted to accept. She didn’t want to put in crazy people, people who will tell you that it doesn’t rain when it rains.

He then defended the two “Republican” appointees renegade Democrats who sit on the Jan. 6 committee: Cheney and Kinzinger, come on? Look at me! Liz Cheney? Are you more conservative than Liz Cheney?

“Are you more conservative than Kinzinger? A man who fought for our country. And is a Republican, lifelong Republican,” Lemon cried.

Kasich replied defensively that he was “just concerned about it being taken out of this kind of definition of bipartisan.” Lemon claimed “if we were in a time — look, I think if Romney was the president,” then that would be a different story in Lemon’s feeble, weak mind.

Lemon ended by saying that if there weren’t “an insurrection on Capitol Hill or people trying to kill democracy, I would say yes, but we don’t live in this time.” That’s great, that would be great. It’s not 1973 though.

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To read the relevant transcript, click “expand”:

CNN Don Lemon tonight
06/16/2022
10:49:39 p.m. Eastern Time

JOHN KASICH: Don, one thing that has interested me and I’ve been hearing this from more and more people is that you can never go back of course and be a Monday morning quarterback. But what you’re wondering is that it would have been better if Pelosi had allowed McCarthy to nominate Republicans. It would have been disruptive but would it have created an atmosphere where people who now say I’m not going to watch this it’s just kangaroo court would it have been better if we really had a bipartisan committee there even if you’d be disruptive because that’s what gave Watergate power.

It was the Republicans who ultimately turned on Nixon, the public turned on Nixon, and many of them supported him. But in the end, they said no, the evidence was too much. So that’s something we have to ask ourselves. And I also think, Don, despite all of this —

[crosstalk]

DON LEMON: Do you want an answer to that? I know that was rhetorical.

KASIC: Yeah.

LEMON: My answer is no. No. It’s not 1973.

KASICH: You don’t think so?

LEMON: No, it’s not 1973.

KASICH: Yes, I hear you.

LEMON: And sabotaging the process with – and I think it was really bipartisan because they offered them – she offered them the opportunity to put sensible Republicans on the committee, and he refused. She offered him the opportunity to really do whatever he wanted to accept. She didn’t want to put in crazy people who will tell you that it doesn’t rain when it rains.

KASICH: Yes, I understand that.

LEMON: So what’s the point? What would be the point?

KASICH: So, I…

[crosstalk]

LEMON: So Cheney and Kinzinger, okay? Look at me! Liz Cheney? Are you more conservative than Liz Cheney?

KASICH: No, I understand.

[crosstalk]

LEMON: Are you more conservative than Kinzinger? A man who fought for our country. And is a Republican, a lifelong Republican. And most of them voted for the president 90% of the time. They’re not Republicans all of a sudden because they’re not crazy?

KASICH: You and me — you and I understand that. And at the time, I thought, well, you know, Pelosi didn’t want those troublemakers there. The question is, going forward, do we just want to put people on even when sometimes they’re not going to be very tolerable in terms of how they discuss things. I’m just afraid that’s taken out of that kind of definition of bipartisan. This is the point I raised…

[crosstalk]

LEMON: If we were in a time — look, I think if Romney was the president.

KASICH: I understood.

LEMON: So maybe, okay. But that’s another time when we didn’t have —

KASICH: Or if I was president.

LEMON: An insurrection on Capitol Hill or people trying to kill democracy, I would say yes but we don’t live in those times. That’s great, that would be great. It’s not 1973 though.

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