Blunt Decries ‘Alternative Versions’ Of Capitol Attack After Johnson’s False Claims

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) asks questions during the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs/Rules and Administration hearing to examine the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol on Capitol Hill on March 3, 2... Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) asks questions during the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs/Rules and Administration hearing to examine the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol on Capitol Hill on March 3, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Nash / POOL / AFP) (Photo by GREG NASH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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March 21, 2021 11:26 a.m.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) on Sunday decried “alternative versions” of the deadly Capitol insurrection, a day after Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) pushed a false narrative of no violence on the Senate side of the building during the attack.

During an interview on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Blunt was asked to respond to Johnson and former President George W. Bush’s takes on the Capitol insurrection. While Johnson has desperately tried demonize the Black Lives Matter movement by saying that he would have felt more threatened by BLM protesters if they had breached the Capitol, Bush told the Texas Tribune last week that the deadly insurrection left him “sick to my stomach” to see the Capitol stormed by “hostile forces.”

Blunt replied that he is “much more in agreement” with Bush and that the Capitol attack is “absolutely unacceptable.”

Blunt added that the deadly Capitol insurrection is what he believes people around the world view as “the citadel for democracy,” before decrying revisionism surrounding the attack that endangered lawmakers’ lives.

“Totally unacceptable — we need to understand that’s an underlying principle of what happened on Jan. 6 that we don’t need to try to explain away or come up with alternative versions of,” Blunt said. “We all saw what happened and we know what happened. We know we can’t let that happen again.”

Blunt, who previously refused to refer to Joe Biden as president-elect even as then-President Trump’s lawsuits challenging the election results fizzled, announced earlier this month that he is not seeking re-election next year.

Watch Blunt’s remarks below:

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