Patriotic Fourth of July tweets from Republicans in Congress rang hollow for many people on Sunday.
Critics called out lawmakers who celebrated Independence Day and freedom but conveniently forgot to mention they had promoted Donald Trump’s 2020 election lies that fueled the deadly U.S. Capitol riot earlier this year, as well as their subsequent votes against a bipartisan investigation into the violence.
See how officials — including Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Josh Hawley (Mo.), as well as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) — and the Republican National Committee marked the holiday:
Happy birthday today to the United States of America! Don’t listen to the haters – this is the greatest nation in the history of the world and our future is going to be incredible 🇺🇸 #FourthofJuly #IndependenceDay
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) July 4, 2021
Happy birthday America! 🇺🇸
After the year we’ve all had, this Independence Day should hold special meaning. Despite the ill-fated efforts of the elites—we are FREE. We can never take our freedom for granted. We have to treasure it—and defend it—each and every day. pic.twitter.com/xl4uaIjgKN
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) July 4, 2021
Today we celebrate our great nation and our freedom. Thank you to those who have fought, and are fighting, to make sure the United States remains the land of the free and home of the brave.
I hope you and your family have a safe and Happy Independence Day! pic.twitter.com/IW8EfQv79w
— Congressman Clyde Press Office (@Rep_Clyde) July 4, 2021
After the battle of Yorktown during the Revolutionary War, French officer Marquis de Lafayette said, “Humanity has won its battle, liberty now has a country.”
As we celebrate our freedom today, remember those who sacrificed for our great nation. Happy Independence Day! pic.twitter.com/Gxq5V2gdB1
— Senator Cynthia Lummis (@SenLummis) July 4, 2021
This July 4th, let’s give thanks for the opportunity to live in the freest and greatest country in the history of the world.
Happy Independence Day! pic.twitter.com/Me7SwtBHTr
— Senator Tommy Tuberville (@SenTuberville) July 4, 2021
And just some of the withering comments they received in response:
Happier this year than the last four.
— Your Friend & Sabre (@xiphodaimon) July 4, 2021
You are full of shit @SenTedCruz. You will not defend rights of Americans to life like my daughter & to be free from gun violence. Americans know you will not defend our Democracy from an attack, leaving many to wonder, were those your friends? Texans know you will just leave. https://t.co/1okrmjfT0A
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) July 4, 2021
So why you trying so hard to bring back a king/autocrat back… Freedom for who??
— Dan (@danp2078r) July 4, 2021
In what world is the minority leader of the House of Representatives not an “elite”?
Kevin McCarthy, man of the people? I think not.
— Mike Lillich (@LillichMike) July 4, 2021
Which your party conspired to end on Jan 6.
— 😷 Bibliobibuli. Hygge is my ikigai. 😷 (@fowerli) July 4, 2021
Let’s try not to attack it today ok.
— Sick of the GOP (@Terry27497860) July 4, 2021