Statement of Republican Leaders and Former Officials on the RNC’s Censure of Representatives Cheney and Kinzinger

Last week the Republican National Committee (RNC) made clear that it would rather be the “Big Lie” party than the “Big Tent” party by condemning two principled elected leaders while condoning conspiracies, lies, and violent insurrection. By censuring Congresswoman Liz Cheney and Congressman Adam Kinzinger for their role in investigating the January 6th attacks, they have betrayed the GOP’s founding principles and ceded control of a once-great movement to grifters and extremists. The RNC has also signaled that it no longer welcomes people of conscience.

The RNC’s description of the January 6th insurrection as “legitimate political discourse” is an affront to the rule of law, peaceful self-government, and the constitutional order. There can be no justifying the horrific attack that day, and we condemn the Committee for excusing the actions of men and women who battered police officers, ransacked our nation’s Capitol, called for hanging the Vice President of the United States, and sought to overturn a free and fair election. 

History will mark this censure as a turning point for the RNC – a time of choosing between civility and patriotism, on the one hand, and conspiracy and political violence on the other. We stand firmly for the first set of values. We stand proudly next to principled leaders such as Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger. And we stand united against efforts to defile our democracy.

Alan Charles Raul
Former Associate White House Counsel to President Ronald Reagan

Alyssa Farah
Former White House Communications Director, Assistant to the President, and Department of Defense Press Secretary

Anne Gruner
Former CIA Senior Executive

Anthony Scaramucci
Former White House Communications Director

B. Jay Cooper
Former Director of Communications RNC and Deputy White House Press Secretary

Barbara Comstock
Former Member of Congress

Bob Dold
Former Member of Congress

Bob Worsley
Retired Arizona State Senator

Bruce Courtade
Precinct Delegate; Former Michigan State Bar President

C.J. Diegel
Stand Up Republic Arizona State Leader

Carlos Curbelo
Former Member of Congress

Carly Fiorina
Former RNC Fundraising Chair 

Chad Mayes
California State Assembly Member

Charles Bass
Former Member of Congress

Charles Boustany
Former Member of Congress

Charles Fried
Former Solicitor General

Charles G. Ikins
Colonel USMCR (Ret) and Former Official in the Office of the Secretary of Defense

Charles Jeter
Former North Carolina State Representative

Charles K. Djou
Former Member of Congress

Charles R. Work
Former Deputy Administrator of The Law Enforcement Assistance Administration in the Department of Justice 

Charlie Dent
Former Member of Congress

Chris Vance
Former Chairman Washington State Republican Party

Christie Todd Whitman
Former Governor of New Jersey and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator

Christopher Gagin
Former GOP County Chairman – Ohio

Christopher Shays
Former Member of Congress

Claudine Schneider
Former Member of Congress

Cole Wist
Former Colorado State Representative 

Craig Snyder
Former Chief of Staff, Senator Arlen Specter

David B. Hill
Director, Hill Research Consultants

David Durenberger
Former United States Senator

David Ramadan
Former Member, Virginia House of Delegates

Denver Riggleman
Former Member of Congress

Desiree Tucker-Sorini
Former Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Public Liaison for US Department of Treasury

Davy Carter
Former Arkansas Speaker of the House

Douglas H Wise
CIA Senior Intelligence Service (Ret) and former Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency

Dr. Dov S. Zakheim
Former Under Secretary of Defense

Ed Cash
President, Frontier Security Strategies and Former Homeland Security Official

Eliot A. Cohen
Former Counselor of the Department of State

Emil H. Frankel
Former Assistant Secretary of U.S. Department of Transportation

Eric S. Edelman
Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and Ambassador (ret.)

Evan McMullin
United States Senate Candidate (UT)

Frank Lavin
Former Director, White House Office of Political Affairs 

George Nethercutt
Former Member of Congress

Gordon Humphrey
Former United States Senator

Gregory P. Wilson
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Treasury Department

Henry H. Gaffney, Jr.
Doctor Politics of the Developing Areas 

J. Brian Ferguson
Arkansas Trustee

J. Randall Minchew
Former Republican Member, 10th District Virginia House of Delegates Loudoun

Jack Thomas Tomarchio
Former Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis Operations

James K. Glassman
Former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

James Peppe
Former GOP Candidate for Office

James R. Kunder
Former Deputy Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development

Jay Gruner
CIA Senior Executive (Retired)

Jeanne Newell
United States Government, Retired

Jeffrey N. Shane
Former Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy

Jen Millikin
Former White House Advance Lead, President George W. Bush 

Jennifer A. Gregg
Senior Intelligence Service, Central Intelligence Agency

Jim Greenwood
Former Member of Congress

Jim Kolbe
Former Member of Congress

Joe Hunter
Former George HW Bush administration official

Joe Walsh
Former Member of Congress

John Bellinger
Former Legal Adviser to the National Security Council

John C. Danforth
Former United States Senator

John Kingston
Founder, Better For America and American Awakening

John LeBoutlier
Former Member of Congress

John Mitnick
Former General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security

John Roy Price
Author, The Last Liberal Republican: An Insider’s Perspective on Nixon’s Surprising Social Policy

Jon A. Wiant
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

Jonathan C. Rose
Assistant Attorney General, US Department of Justice

Joseph Neely
Former activist and Interim County Chair, Michigan

Josh Venable
Former Deputy Finance Director, RNC and Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Education

Karen Johnson
Former Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs, Department of Education

Karen Kirksey
Director, 43 Alumni For America

Kathleen Shanahan
CEO Turtle & Hughes, former Cheney Chief Of Staff

Kristen Marquardt
Former Senior Counselor Department of Homeland Security

Kristopher Purcell
Former White House Aide to President George W. Bush

Larry Pfeiffer
Former Chief of Staff, CIA, and Senior Director, White House Situation Room

Leonard Lance
Former Member of Congress

Linda Chavez
Former Director of Public Liaison, The White House

Linda J. Fisher
Former Deputy Administrator of United States Environmental Protection Agency

Lucy Caldwell
Strategist, Former Campaign Manager, Walsh for President

Mark Harvey
Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy, National Security Council Staff

Mark Salter
Former Chief of Staff to Senator John McCain

Mark Sanford
Former Governor of South Carolina

Marty Linsky
Former Assistant Republican Floor Leader, Massachusetts House of Representatives

Mary E. Peters
Former US Secretary of Transportation

Matt Walton
Former GOP nominee VA House of Delegates

Michael Belitzky
Convention on Founding Principles Delegate Leader

Michael Karloutsos
Former Deputy Chief of Protocol and Acting Chief, State Department

Michael Madrid
Republican Consultant

Michael Steele
Former Chairman, RNC

Mickey Edwards
Former Member of Congress; visiting professor Princeton University

Mike Bober
Former NRCC Coalitions Director

Mike Murphy
GOP Political Consultant

Miles Taylor
Former Chief of Staff, US Department of Homeland Security 

Mona Charen
Syndicated columnist

Murray Dickman
State and Federal official and GOP activist (Retired)

Nate Bell
Former Arkansas State Representative

Neal Simon
Former Candidate for United States Senate 

Nicholas Rostow
Former Special Assistant to the President and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council

Olivia Troye
Former Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor to Former Vice President Mike Pence

Paul Rosenzweig
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of Homeland Security

Paul Wolfowitz
Former United States. Deputy Secretary of Defense & United States Ambassador 

Peter Feaver
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and former National Security Council Official

Peter Keisler
Former Acting Attorney General

Phil English
Former Member of Congress

R.J. Lyman
Chair, Weld 2020

Randy Brockway
Business Leader

Ray LaHood
Former Republican Member of Congress

Reid Ribble
Former Member of Congress

Rina Shah
RNC 2016 Delegate and Former RNC Surrogate

Richard A Falkenrath
Former Deputy Assistant to the President

Justice Robert F. Orr
North Carolina Supreme Court Justice, Retired

Robert E. Patricelli
Former U.S. Department of Transportation Official

Rob Quartel
Former George HW Bush Administration Official

Rob Stutzman
President, Stutzman Public Affairs

Robert Shanks
Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General

Rod Chandler
Former Member of Congress

Rodney Frelinghuysen
Former Member of Congress

Roger Bolton
Former Assistant Secretary, US Department of Treasury

Ron Sorini
Former United States Ambassador and Chief Textile Negotiator

Sally Bradshaw
Former Chief of Staff to Florida Governor Jeb Bush

Scott Rigell
Former Member of Congress

Serenety Hanley
43 Alumni for America, Former RNC Staff

Shellie Bressler
Former Republican Senior Professional Staff Member – House & Senate Committees

Stephanie Grisham
Former White House Press Secretary and Chief of Staff to First Lady Melania Trump

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff
Senior Advisor to former First Lady Melania Trump

Stephen Kurzman
Assistant Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Health, Education & Welfare

Steve Bartlett
Former Member of Congress

Steve Carey
Chairman, Potomac Strategic Development
Former Senior Legislative Advisor

Stuart M. Gerson
Former Assistant Attorney General and Acting Attorney General of the United States

Susan S. Anderson
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of Commerce

Tara Setmayer
Political Commentator

Ted Roosevelt IV
Member of the Republican Party 

Thomas E. Petri
Former Member of Congress

Thomas Niles
United States Ambassador, Retired

Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, PhD, U.S. Navy (ret)
Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy Administrator of NOAA

Todd Ferrara
Former Republican Appointee

Veronica A. Haggart
Former Commissioner of the International Trade Commission

William Inboden
Former Senior Director, National Security Council

William F. Weld
Former Governor of Massachusetts