In the immediate aftermath, practically all Republican lawmakers condemned the violence on display that day, and a few even noted the role then-President Trump's actions played in inciting it.
Since then, these same Republicans have downplayed Trump's role in the riots, as well as the violence itself.
One of the few Republicans who maintain that Trump was responsible for the riots is Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY), who also serves as the House Republican Conference chair.
In a brutal statement delivered in the days after the riots, Congresswoman Cheney announced that she'd vote to impeach Trump for inciting an insurrection, one of only 10 House Republicans to vote in favor of the measure.
Cheney has faced severe political consequences for her position. She's been censured by her state's Republican party and now seems likely to lose her leadership role as Conference chair, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announcing his support for that measure this week.
In a chilling new ad, the Republican Accountability Project—an anti-Trump political action committee formed by Republicans—is using Cheney's words to convey the horrors of January 6.
January 6, 2021. Narrated by Liz Cheney. https://t.co/YWyNyuySlr— The Republican Accountability Project (@The Republican Accountability Project) 1620667472.0
The ad features Cheney recounting her experience at the Capitol that day and further pointing out Trumps' role in inciting the riots:
"We've never seen that kind of assault by a President of the United States on another branch of government, and this is not something we can simply look past or pretend didn't happen or move on."
Another sound byte seems like a prescient warning against the actions of the Republican party today:
"All of us, regardless of partisanship, all of us have an obligation to the peaceful transition of power and a duty to the Constitution. The oath that I took doesn't bend to political pressure."
The ad made waves on social media.
Spot on; I wish her party would wake up. https://t.co/BKxIPfw4Dq— Alan! (@Alan!) 1620672750.0
BOOM https://t.co/aHg5HMwaVE— "The Bootlick Brigade" & the Cuckoo Coup (@"The Bootlick Brigade" & the Cuckoo Coup) 1620675121.0
This is brilliant. https://t.co/NG2maERYi7— William Smith (@William Smith) 1620676076.0
Facts!!! https://t.co/qxfchnX5An— Jim Morrow (@Jim Morrow) 1620676268.0
Liz Cheney hasn’t forgotten. I haven’t forgotten. You haven’t forgotten. #Accountability https://t.co/vXiNZqs32b— Gibby Wants Justice (@Gibby Wants Justice) 1620674791.0
Before we can have good-faith disagreements on policy we have to agree on reality. https://t.co/7KgpDaoZtH— Maximillian Potter (@Maximillian Potter) 1620675452.0
Trump's conspiracy theory that the election was "stolen" by Democrats has come to be known as "The Big Lie"—and Republicans seem eager to embrace it.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) will likely be voted off the House Republican Leadership. Her crime: acknowledging the reali… https://t.co/vgrPUBf6j8— Bernie Sanders (@Bernie Sanders) 1620320125.0
The Republican Party is a fascist, authoritarian cult and promoting the Big Lie is the price of admission. They sho… https://t.co/VCfguD0PHK— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch.com) 1620642157.0
If Cheney is replaced by Stefanik, it means the Big Lie isn’t a Republican Party bug, it’s a feature.— Bill Kristol (@Bill Kristol) 1620412354.0
Cheney's leadership position is expected to be replaced by pro-Trump Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York.