Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Tuesday on ABC's "The View," that the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol was an "assault on law and order" but that it's time to move on.
"I know what happened on Jan. 6 was wrong, but I also know as a government and as a country we got to be concerned about the things that are making life hard for Americans and for American families," Rice, a Republican and political science professor at Stanford University, said on the show.
Since January, federal prosecutors have charged more than 600 people in more than 40 states in connection with the riot, and arrests continue almost daily. The House committee assigned to investigate the event also is looking into whether claims of election fraud, which were promoted by Trump and his allies, led to the attack on the Capitol.
Sec. @CondoleezzaRice: “Our institutions have to be upheld.”
“What happened on January 6th was wrong. I also know that as a government and as a country, we’ve got to be concerned about the things that are making life hard for Americans and hard for American families.” pic.twitter.com/GGA3FGfu3J
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking of the committee's investigation, told reporters Tuesday that lawmakers need “to be talking about the future and not the past," The Washington Post reported. Rice agreed with McConnell and said it's time to focus on the needs of American families.
“I’m one who believes that the American people are now concerned about what we call ‘kitchen table issues’ – the price of gasoline, inflation, what’s happening to kids in school,” Rice said on "The View."
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Sunny Hostin, a co-host on “The View,” argued that if what happened on Jan. 6 isn't investigated, it could happen again.
“I think it’s really politically expedient for Mitch McConnell to say ‘Let’s move on,’ especially when the former twice-impeached disgraced president enjoys attacking Mitch McConnell,” Hostin said. “But the problem is that past will become prologue if we don’t find out exactly what happened on Jan. 6.”
Rice, who was secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration from 2005 to 2009, told Hostin "we will" find out what happened.
On the same night of the riot, lawmakers certified the election, which Rice said gave her “new faith in our institutions and the people who were protecting them.” Though she praised those lawmakers, she added it's time for a new generation to take over.
"I want to see the next generation of leadership step up," she said. "I want those of us who have been there, done that to step back, and I want to move on to a better America."
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