Romney Tried To Blackmail Republicans

( According to Utah’s Deseret News, Senator Romney met with Capital police officer Brian Sicknick’s mother Gladys, Sicknick’s longtime girlfriend Sandra Garza, as well as two police officers who were on duty during the January 6 melee at the Capitol.

Sicknick and Garza have been making the media rounds recently claiming that Sicknick died in the line of duty as a result of the melee.

He did not.

Sicknick’s cause of death was determined to be a stroke, and the medical examiner found no causative link to the January 6 events.

But naturally Mitt Romney is falling for it.

It seems unlikely that Romney met with Sicknick or the others in order to make up his mind on the vote. He had already come out in favor of the January 6 Commission. Which begs the question, what was the point of the meeting if not to play on the emotions of the day?

In his statement to the Deseret News, Romney recounted his meeting which he said involved his guests sharing their “grief, shock and physical trauma they experienced as a result of January 6th.” Romney went on to say no police officer should have to confront that kind of violence.

But isn’t confronting violence the job of a police officer? What does Romney think police officers are for?

For her part, after her meeting with Romney, Gladys Sicknick told reporters that she just couldn’t keep quiet anymore.

But her son didn’t die because of the melee at the Capitol. He died of a stroke.

Clearly the purpose of deploying Gladys Sicknick to Capitol Hill was a bit of emotional blackmail aided and abetted by a cooperative media. Because after she made the rounds, the Washington Post wasted no time providing a comprehensive list of all the Republican Senators who didn’t meet with her.

In the end, the emotional blackmail failed.

On Friday, May 28, only six Republican Senators voted for the bill — Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Ben Sasse, Bill Cassidy and Rob Portman. Without the 60 votes necessary, the January 6 Commission vote was blocked.