Karl Rove urges certain Republicans to stop 'soft-pedaling' Jan. 6, hold Capitol attackers to account

Prominent Republican strategist and super PAC founder Karl Rove usually aims his criticisms at Democrats, he said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Wednesday night, but "on the anniversary of Jan. 6, I'm addressing squarely those Republicans who for a year have excused the actions of the rioters who stormed the Capitol, disrupted Congress as it received the Electoral College's results, and violently attempted to overturn the election."

The part about addressing only Republicans wasn't strictly true — he did advise Democrats at the end of his column to resist "their leadership's petty habit of aggravating partisan fault lines by indiscriminately condemning all who came to Washington that day." But "we Republicans have a heavier burden," Rove wrote. "There can be no soft-pedaling what happened and no absolution for those who planned, encouraged, and aided the attempt to overthrow our democracy. Love of country demands nothing less."

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