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By Jill Colvin, The Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (Associated Press) – The Republican Party’s portrayal of itself as champions of law and order contrasts with unbridled testimony from the police officers themselves. On Tuesday, officers described in vivid personal terms the horror of defending the US Capitol from the violent insurrection that then-President Donald Trump inspired on Jan. 3. 6.

Will it be significant in next year’s elections?

As the mid-term of 2022 approaches, the Republican Party is seeking a political advantage in Americans’ concern about rising crime rates across the country. But police testimony at Tuesday’s first hearing of the congressional committee investigating the insurgency could undermine that effort.

It highlighted the Republican Party’s efforts to get former the violence unleashed by a mob of Trump supporters that put hundreds of officers at risk.

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Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gunnell said, “You talk about people who claim to be pro-law enforcement, pro-police, pro-law and order. However, when they have the opportunity and opportunity to do something about holding people accountable, you don’t, you pass the bucket, as If nothing happened.”

The hearing put more emphasis on how the debate over who is stronger or weaker in crime can unfold in an election. Republicans eager to pounce on Democrats may find themselves confronted with questions about whether the GOP has done enough to protect law enforcement when tested.

Longtime Republican strategist Scott Jennings, who said it was firm to watch the officers’ testimony and not feel “anger” and “disgust,” said he expected crime to be a “big problem” in the upcoming midterm contests. And while Democrats are expected to remain on the defensive, he said the Republicans’ response on Jan. 6 It gave Democrats an opportunity to “distract attention from some of their real flaws.”

Republicans are sure to attack Democrats for what we would say are efforts to undermine the police. And Democrats are sure to counter those attacks by saying, “Well, you weren’t pro-police when it came to the January 6 date.” “When you think about the campaign messages, it considerate of makes it less clean.”

Republicans are struggling to craft an effective response to the testimony. Two Republican members of the committee, Representatives. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Liz Cheney of Wyoming join their party leaders’ veto. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy backed away from the committee following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two appointees, a decision that makes it firm for him to influence the hearing’s narrative.

Leading Republicans are ultimately working to avoid angering Trump, who remains popular with many GOP voters and has become more assertive in the party’s primaries.

What did he say about the hearing?

In a statement, he did not say anything about the Capitol’s behavior to his supporters nor showed any sympathy for the officers who testified. Instead, he reiterated his broader accusations that journalism is ignoring the crime that is “eroding our cities and country.”

Trump said: “America needs law and order, not stopping police funding. We need our police back. America must be safe and can be safe!”

The Republicans’ firm-line crime strategy, which dates back decades to the Nixon era, was a winner in several 2020 congressional races following Trump and other candidates selected based on calls from some Democratic activists to “defund the police” and invest in alternative measures. As part of sweeping changes to address systemic racism. The candidate, incumbent President Joe Biden notably rejected those efforts and instead called for reforms paired with additional law enforcement resources.

Polls have found that Americans donate Biden lower scores when it comes to dealing with crime than on other issues, though a unused poll by the Associated Press Center for Public Affairs Research finds voters are divided on which party they trust to do a better job of tackling crime. About 32% said Republicans and 30% Democrats. Nearly a third said they don’t trust either or both equally

The poll also found stark differences between the parties’ appetite for investigation into the events surrounding January 3rd. 6. 81% of Democrats said continuing investigations into the Capitol attack were “extremely” or “extremely” significant, compared to just 38% of Republicans. Only 9% of Democrats say it doesn’t matter, and 38% of Republicans.

While most voters have made up their minds about what happened, Alex Conant, the Republican strategist, said he expects Tuesday’s testimony to be a eminent figure in Democrats’ campaign ads next year.

“Obviously Democrats want to run on the pandemic, and the economy. 6. Republicans want to run for immigration, inflation and crime.” Midterm voters will hear Republicans say Democrats want the police to be disarmed, and Democrats will point to January 3rd. 6. And I think in some of these big races, where swing voters are significant, that would be an significant debate.”

It’s a tactic already used by Democrats, including at the White House, where press secretary Jen Psaki accused Republicans on Monday of hypocrisy.

“Many of the Republicans in Congress who have been most vocal about supporting police and law and order are the alike ones who rejected and downplayed the shameful events of that day,” she said.

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