The 'common thread' connecting Republicans' Jan. 6 messaging

Jan. 6
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Thursday officially marks the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, and rather than engaging in shows of rememberance, plenty of Republicans have instead accused Democrats of "exploiting" an attack they're now explaining away as just perhaps a failure of Capitol security, NBC News reports.

But at what political gain (or cost) to the GOP, you might ask? Per political experts, writes NBC News, the "common thread" in the angles among Republican lawmakers is to downplay both Trump's and their own involvement, while comforting and reassuring Republican voters, many of whom don't believe the former president deserves "signifcant blame for the violence."

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