Most Republican elected officials are so tired of Donald Trump
and his constant negative impact on the party that if he "disappeared tomorrow, I don't think you'd have many Republicans
in the search party," former GOP Virginia
Rep. Barbara Comstock
“Perhaps a few prosecutors,” she joked on “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd, but “not Republicans.”
The problem, according to Comstock, is that while Republicans "want to get away from him," Trump is "not going away." As a result, Republican lawmakers must figure out how to continue to help govern while also supporting things like a critical decision to create a commission
on Jan. 6.
: Former Republican Rep. @BarbaraComstock says, "If Donald Trump disappeared tomorrow, I don't think you'd have many Republicans in the search party." #MTP "Maybe a few prosecutors. But not Republicans." pic.twitter.com/3VbYqG5Oh3 — Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) May 30, 2021
“This is not about Democrats
or Republicans,” she added, referring to the commission, which will not be formed due to a filibuster
by Republicans in the Senate
. “It’s about the country, and getting to the truth, and protecting the Capitol
, the people
there, and making sure this never happens again.”
Comstock is confident that a “thorough investigation
” will be conducted — though it appears that Republicans will not be included — in large part due to heartfelt pleas to lawmakers and the press from fallen Police
Officer Brian Sicknick
’s grieving mother and partner, as well as supporting fellow officers Michael Fanone
and Michael Dunn.
Sicknick, 42, suffered two strokes a day after being assaulted by rioters, during what Rep. Andrew Clyde
(R-GA) described as a typical tourist visit.
“A lot of people still don’t understand how violent” the Capitol attack
was, according to Comstock. “Officer Fanone was tased 12 times at the back of his neck... he has traumatic brain
injuries and... almost died that day,” he said.
The video above contains the entirety of Comstock's interview