'Could not have been more inappropriate': Mitt Romney thrashes RNC for Cheney-Kinzinger censure
Mitt Romney (AFP)

On Monday, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) fired back after the Republican National Committee passed a censure resolution against Trump-skeptic Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) — focusing in particular on their work on the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Romney — whose niece, Ronna McDaniel, heads up the RNC — took particular issue with the resolution's claim that the committee is targeting ordinary Americans for "legitimate political discourse."

"It could not have been a more inappropriate message," Romney said in conversation with reporters. "One to sanction two people of character as they did. But number two to suggest that a violent attack on the seat of democracy is legitimate political discourse."

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He went on to say he fears the controversy will damage Republicans in the upcoming midterm election: "Anything that my party does that comes across as being stupid is not going to help us."

McDaniel has denied that the "legitimate political discourse" line was a reference to the violent attack on the Capitol.