MICHIGAN Republican Rep Peter Meijer appeared to blast the GOP as a party of "treacherous snakes salivating for civil war" in his blistering Memorial Day statement.

Meijer is a US Army veteran who served in Iraq, worked as a conflict analyst in Afghanistan, and voted to impeach Donald Trump after the January 6 Capitol riots.




After speaking out about his struggle with "stupid hot takes [and] brow-beatings from the holier-than-thous" on Memorial Day, the congressman then apparently slammed his own party.

"Then there are those who take this sacrifice for granted, waxing patriotic while salivating for civil war," he raged.

"Claiming they need to destroy the Republic in order to save it in the ultimate betrayal of oaths sworn. Those treacherous snakes can go straight to hell."

"Today & always, remember the fallen and those who loved them. Remember what it was they sacrificed for."

"And remember the need to protect it from the greedy delusions of craven demagogues who’d burn it all down if it meant more power or profit for them," he added, in an apparent reference to Trump.




His comments come after Senate Republicans voted to stop the January 6 commission bill to investigate the Capitol riot, while only six GOP rebels supported it.

These included Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah, and Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

The Senate vote was 54-35 — short of the 60 votes needed to consider a House-passed bill that would have formed a 10-member commission evenly split between the two parties.

Three dozen Republicans passed the commission bill in the House earlier this month but GOP senators said they believe the commission would eventually be used against them politically.

Meijer backed the 9/11-style commission to investigate the insurrection in January and warned that rejecting it would serve to increase party divisions.



Speaking to CNN, Rep Meijer acknowledged that "a lot of folks might dismiss it as a product of the swamp, as tainted in one way, shape or form."

"But it would be the closest we could get to something that may be factual, that may clear away some of the fantasies, some of the fictions surrounding January 6 and the events preceding it," Meijer said.

After MAGA supporters stormed the Capitol, the veteran said he was changing his routine and was considering body armor as added protection.

Meijer, 33, told MSNBC: "I have colleagues who are now traveling with armed escorts out of fear for their safety. Many of us are altering routines.



"I'm working to get body armor, which is a reimbursable purchase that we can make."

Four people died in the riot, and a police officer collapsed and died afterward of what authorities said were natural causes, while two cops took their own lives in the days after the Capitol chaos.

On May 26, Meijer opened up about the commission once more and noted that "framing that we can’t investigate Jan 6 if we didn’t investigate BLM riots is a cynical false equivalence."

"One was an organized attempt encouraged by the sitting President to stop the constitutional transfer of presidential power," he tweeted. "The other widespread chaos, violence, & destruction w/out aim or apparent organization.

"Both despicable! But a ‘riot envy’ argument (why do THEY get to burn cities but WE aren’t allowed to assault police + storm the Capitol chanting HANG MIKE PENCE?) is not a good defense.

"If there was widespread agreement that Jan 6 was bad [and] all facts were known a commission wouldn’t be needed.

"But too many think it was either (a) no big deal or (b) justified bc stolen election. Ignoring or excusing away what happened is both shameful & bad for our country."



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