Conspiracy theories and lies drive rift within GOP

A faction of local, county and state Republican officials is pushing lies, misinformation and conspiracy theories that echo those that helped inspire the U.S. Capitol siege. The rhetoric exposes the GOP’s struggle as it builds its base for 2022. (Feb. 26)

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MITCH MCCONNELL: President Trump is practically--

ALL: [INAUDIBLE CHANTING]

MITCH MCCONNELL: --responsible.

COUY GRIFFIN: I believe that maybe we're going through a cleansing process on the conservative side.

CHRIS VANCE: I would have been shocked if you hadn't seen local Republican elected officials at the state-- at the US Capitol. That's what the Republican Party is now.

DONALD TRUMP: All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by a bold and radical left Democrats, which is what they're doing. We will not break, we will not yield. We will never give in, we will never give up, and we will never back down. We will never, ever surrender.

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LONDA GATT: You know what? I don't think it's dangerous to post that the election was stolen because we have freedom to talk, to have a voice.

I try to watch what I say now for a lot of reasons, because it can be taken out of context.

JORGE RILEY: We pushed our way to Nancy Pelosi's office. We just kept going further and further. We had a division. Some people--

COUY GRIFFIN: And it's not right. It's not fair. Americans, we should be able to make our own assumptions or our own idea of what is true and what is false.

ELIZABETH NEUMANN: Let's be clear, the people that believe that the election was stolen are believing that because trusted individuals from the Republican Party told them it was stolen.

- Today the committee is meeting to examine the threat of domestic terrorism.

ELIZABETH NEUMANN: Sadly, I do believe that we will be fighting domestic terrorism that has its roots and inspiration points from January 6 for the next 10 to 20 years.

Even though I was a lifelong Republican, I don't really care what happens to the Republican Party. What I do care about is preventing loss of life. And the only way to do that, given the size of the potential problem that we have, is to convince the GOP that they need to tell the truth.